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Downloading files with Safari on your iPhone or iPad

  Safari App in iOS 13 with a Download Popup on the iPhone
Khamosh Pathak

In your work or your private life, you sometimes need to download a file to your iPhone or iPad. With the new feature introduced in iOS 1

3 and iPadOS 13, you can now do this directly in Safari. No third-party app required!

Downloading Files with Safari

The Safari Download Manager is a hidden new feature in the updates for iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. When you surf the Internet, you probably will not know the feature. Instead, it appears when you tap a download link.

Go to a webpage and find the link for a file you want to download. If you select it, a pop-up will appear with the file name asking if you want to download it. Touch the "Download" button.

 Tap the button

The download will start and next to the address bar a new button "Downloads" will appear at the top of the browser. Tap the button to see all the latest downloads. From here you can monitor the progress of multiple downloads.

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

 Tap the X button to stop a download

When the download is complete, tap the file to preview it. If you downloaded a media file, an image, or a PDF file, you can view it in the preview window.

You can then share the file with any app. Touch the Share button in the lower left corner.

 Tap the button

Click the "Search" icon next to the file name in the download area to open the file.

 Tap the search button to open the downloaded file in the file app.

Once you've opened the file in the file app, you can tap and hold the file View the menu.

 Tap the file in the file app to see options.

Tap "Delete" to delete the file.

 Tap Delete The menu to delete the downloaded file

To change the default download location

By default, the downloaded files are stored in the Downloads folder in iCloud Drive in the app. Files "saved. This is a great option if you have a paid iCloud storage plan because your downloaded files can instantly sync across all your devices.

However, if you are at the 5 GB free level, you may not have space for large files files.

Luckily, you can change the default location to local storage. Open the Settings app and go to Safari> Downloads. If you can not find the browser on your phone, try finding it with Apple Spotlight Search.

 In Safari settings, tap the Downloads option

. Switch the selection to "On My iPhone" or "On my iPad", depending on the device.

 Tap on my iPhone to switch to the download destination.

By default, Safari chooses the Downloads folder. You can change this by tapping the Other option to select a folder from local storage (or from a cloud storage option).

Alternative for iOS 12 users: Documents 5 by Readdle

The new Download Manager in Safari is exclusive to iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and higher. If you have not upgraded to the latest operating system (which you should) or are in a situation where you can not update, here is a workaround.

Use the free Documents 5 app from Readdle. It is a comprehensive browser and file manager app.

Open the Documents 5 app and tap the Browser button in the lower-right corner to switch to browser mode.

 Tap Click on the browser button to go there.

Now navigate to the page with the download link and tap it. In the next screen, select the folder to which you want to download the file and tap Done.


The download will now start. You can tap the Downloads tab to see all downloads.

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Tap the Files button in the lower left corner to switch to File Manager. From here, tap the Downloads folder to view your downloaded file. You can tap the download to preview in the app. Tap the Menu button to see options for opening the file in another app.

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Safari Download Manager is just one of the many new features. See our list of the best iOS 13 features for more information.

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