How does File storage work?

I don’t quite understand how exactly the remote and local storage work.

  • Is it correct that the list of files shown in the Remote storage should be the same on all devices? These are the files that have been synced to the backup node? When I delete a file on iOS, it is still shown in Windows app “Synced files” list, is this a sync issue or intended behavior?
  • What is the difference between deleting a file by putting it in the bin vs deleting it from the Synced files list?
  • What exactly “Offload files” button do? Does it copy files to the backup node and then deletes them locally?



Those files area already synced to the backup node iirc. You’re just deleting them from your local storage with the offload files button.

This should have the exact same effect. The synced files list might be just more convenient to view all files at once and batch-delete from there.

Where exactly is this Remote storage list, please?
Do you refer to this? →

Yes, that’s the one.

How did you try to delete this file on iOS? Because the way Anytype handles file deletion is not ideal. On Desktop at least, deleting a file by its block does not delete it, nor does it place it in the Bin. :woozy_face:

There are many ways to delete files. Here they are listed from the simplest to the most complicated:

  1. Either when opening the file object itself, and then sending it to the Recycle Bin from there.
    . Then open the Bin, select the file, and click on Delete immediately .

  1. Or from Library → Corresponding Type → Select file → Top right corner menu → Move to bin.
    . Then open the Bin, select the files, and click on Delete immediately.

  1. Or within any Set that have an Object type Filter corresponding to your file type. Then select the file to be deleted and send it to the Recycle Bin.
    . Then open the Bin, select the files, and click on Delete immediately.

  1. Or from the Manage files option in SettingsFile storageManage files
    (currently a bit useless, as it’s impossible to sort anything)
    . Then select the files, and click on Delete immediately.

So, are you sure you’ve really deleted this file?

  1. Open the file object itself, and delete it from there.

That’s probably not the best way to do it from a set, to put it mildly. If you’re going to use a set, you should probably use a set for files / audio / images instead.

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Thanks for the correction :wink:

You’re right, but I was talking about the fastest option of Sets, namely, the fact that there’s already one that lets him select his object.

It’s pretty easy to create sets, and especially for types. If they used the Everything set, there would be other objects there which would make things a lot messier and slower.

The Media type is already filtered into the Everything Object, but I have since corrected my list :wink: