A number of FTP client apps for iOS devices make it possible for you to transfer and manage hosted files stored on a server. Some of these apps include options to make text edits and preview changes, while some apps only transmit data back and forth between servers. Look for text-editing and preview features if you plan to view or make changes to files before you transfer them.

FTP On The Go

Step 1

Launch the App Store on your iPad and purchase FTP on the Go, which cost $3.99 as of December 2013. Launch the app on your iPad.

Step 2

Tap the "FTP" tab within the app and type your server, username and password into the provided fields. Choose the connection protocol from "FTP, FTPS or SFTP." Press "Connect." Your server file directory appears on the screen of the iPad.

Step 3

Download a file by tapping the file name once so it is checked off. Tap the download icon, which looks like a small arrow pointing downward. The file transfers to the iPad and is stored in the "Saved Files" tab within the FTP On The Go app.

Step 4

Open the file and use the built-in text editor to make changes to the text. View the changes in a built-in Web browser without leaving the FTP On The Go app.

Step 5

Upload files to your FTP server by tapping on a file name in the Saved Files tab. Select the "Upload" button, which looks like an arrow pointing upward to transfer the file from your iPad to the server.

FTP Client Pro

Step 1

Purchase the FTP Client Pro app from the App Store for $2.99 as of December 2013.

Step 2

Launch the app and sign in to your FTP server by typing in the server URL, username and password in the provided text fields. Tap "Connect."

Step 3

Download files by tapping them individually to mark them with a check mark. Tap "Actions" and choose "Download." The selected files are transferred to the "Local Files" tab in the app.

Step 4

Edit the text files within the app and preview your work.

Step 5

Upload files by selecting the "Local Files" tab. Check off the files you wish to upload; choose "Actions" and select "Upload."

FTP File Manager Free

Step 1

Download this free application from the App Store on your iPad.

Step 2

Launch the app and tap "Add FTP Server." Type the server URL, username and password in the corresponding text fields.

Step 3

Download files by pressing the "Edit" button and tapping the files you wish to download. After all the files are marked, tap the "Download" button.

Step 4

Upload files by selecting the destination folder on your FTP server. Tap the "Edit" button and choose "Upload." Select the files you wish to transfer to the FTP server and confirm by tapping "Upload."