How to Download Files Using Safari on Your iPhone or iPad

Safari application on iOS 13 displaying a download window on iPhoneKhamosh Pathak

In your work or personal life, you may need to download a file to your iPhone or iPad. With the help of the new feature introduced in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, you can now do it directly in Safari. No third party application required!

How to download files with Safari

The Safari download manager is a new hidden feature of the iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 updates. If you spend your day browsing the web, you probably will not be aware of this feature. Instead, it appears when you tap a download link.

Go to a webpage and find the link of the file you want to download. When you select it, a pop-up window containing the file name asks if you want to download it. Press the "Download" button.

Press the Download button to launch a download

The download will begin and a new "Downloads" button will appear next to the address bar at the top of the browser. Tap the button to view all current downloads. From there, you can monitor the progress of multiple downloads.

If you want to stop a download at any time, simply press the "X" button.

Press the X button to stop a download

When the download is complete, tap the file to preview it. If you have downloaded a multimedia file, an image or a PDF, you will be able to see it in the preview window.

You can then share the file with any application. Press the "Share" button in the lower left corner.

Tap the Share button to share the downloaded file with any application.

Tap the "Search" icon next to the file name in the Downloads section to open the file.

Press the search button to open the downloaded file in the Files application.

Once you have opened the file in the Files application, you can press and hold the file to display the menu.

Long-press the file from the Files application to view the options.

From there, press "Delete" to delete the file.

Tap Delete on the menu to delete the downloaded file.

How to change the default download location

By default, downloaded files are saved in the iCloud Drive Downloads folder in the Files application. It's a great option if you have a iCloud charge storage plan because it allows your downloaded files to sync instantly to all your devices.

But if you are on the free level of 5 GB, you may not have enough space to store large files.

Fortunately, you can change the default location on the local storage. Open the "Settings" application and go to Safari> Downloads. If you can not find the browser on your phone, try using Apple Spotlight Search to locate it.

Tap on Downloads option in Safari settings

Here, switch the selection to "On my iPhone" or "On my iPad" depending on your device.

Tap on my iPhone to change the download destination

By default, Safari will select the "Downloads" folder. You can change this by pressing the "Other" option to select any local storage folder (or cloud storage option).

Alternative for iOS 12 users: Documents 5 by Readdle

The new Safari download manager is exclusive to iOS 13, iPadOS 13 and later. If you do not have updated to the latest operating system (what you should), or if you are in a situation where you can not update, here is a workaround for you.

Try to use the free Documents 5 app by Readdle. It is an all-in-one browser and a file management application.

Open the Documents 5 application and press the "Browser" button in the lower right corner to enter browser mode.

Press the browser button to access it.

Now go to the page with the download link and press it. In the next screen, select the folder in which you want to download the file and press "Done".

Tap Done to start the download.

The download will now begin. You can tap the "Downloads" tab to view all downloads.

Use the Downloads section to monitor downloads

Press the "Files" button in the lower left corner to switch to the file manager. From there, tap the "Downloads" folder to see your downloaded file. You can tap the download to preview it in the app. Press the "Menu" button to display the options to open the file in another application.

Press the menu button to see the options for the downloaded file

The Safari Download Manager is just one of the many new features in iOS 13. Check out our list of best iOS 13 features to learn more.

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