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Skiff Drive iOS app launched

The Skiff Drive iOS app is out! Learn more about how to download the Drive iOS app and use it to manage and share end-to-end encrypted files.
Drive iOS app, including large file previews and organization selector.
The Skiff Drive iOS app is launched! Download it at this link. Skiff Drive is a platform for end-to-end encrypted file storage and sharing. You can upload, view, share, and download files of any type, from documents to Excel spreadsheets. In this blog, we’ll walk through some of the capabilities of the new Skiff Drive mobile app.Our digital files store more personal information than our homes. From medical records and personal journals to job applications and client reports, drive storage holds our life’s work and history.Skiff is an end-to-end encrypted, privacy-first workspace for your most sensitive work. Given this mission to empower the world to work more freely and effectively - to be people, and not products - drive storage for files and data is a core, critical part of this mission.Earlier this year, we launched the first preview of Skiff Drive to enable uploading and viewing files on the web. Today, we make Skiff Drive simpler, more powerful, and more intuitive with the launch of an end-to-end encrypted file storage app for iOS.

Why cloud storage?

Cloud storage enables users to upload files, data, and other information into servers operated by cloud providers. These cloud storage providers are responsible for keeping the data available and accessible, and the physical environment protected and running. People and organizations buy or lease storage capacity from the providers to store user, organization, or application data.Cloud storage services can be utilized from a public network, private network, or hybrid network of both public and private access. Cloud storage often provides data redundancy, storing identical copies of data in multiple physical locations to protect data in the event of equipment failure or natural disasters. Users can access data stored on remote servers by using a web browser or a mobile app.

Total privacy for your files

As we store more and more sensitive or personal data in the cloud, it becomes critically important to make sure that our data is properly secured. End-to-end encrypted cloud storage is the highest standard in cloud storage security and ensures that your data is safe from prying eyes.Everything on Skiff Drive is end-to-end encrypted and private to you.By encrypting your data before it is uploaded to the cloud with keys that are known only to you, Skiff Drive will ensure that only you and shared recipients can ever access your data. This is especially important for businesses who may store customer or client data in the cloud. By encrypting that data, businesses can help ensure that their customers' information is safe, increasing trust for all users.

Upload, view, share, and download

Immediately on opening the Skiff Drive app, the interface allows for direct upload of files using the upload button in the bottom right corner. Simply tap this button to start uploading files to your Workspace.After you’ve selected a file, you are taken to an in-app viewer, which can preview most types of commonly shared files. In the top right corner, the Share button allows you to share the file with other Skiff users, or to generate a shareable link that can be transmitted in any messaging app (or via Skiff Mail!).On Skiff Drive, you can also download files to your device, including in the new iOS app. This enables sending, receiving, and downloading files for offline use or later viewing.

Upgrade for more storage

Every Skiff user is granted 10 GB in free storage for mail, files, notes, and more. For more storage, you can upgrade to the Pro plan for 100 GB of storage, and 1 TB of storage on the Business plan.


If you have feedback on this first release, please feel free to contact us at [email protected], DM us on Twitter, or to join our Discord community and send a message to the group. We also wrote a longer blog on encrypted cloud storage and a lengthy technical overview on why end-to-end encryption matters.

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