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Download files with Safari on your iPhone or iPad



  Safari app in iOS 13 with a download popup on iPhone
Khamosh Pathak

In your work or private life you sometimes have to download a file on your iPhone or iPad. With the new feature introduced in iOS 13 and iPadOS 1

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

Download files with Safari

Download manager from Safari is a hidden new feature in the iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 updates. If you are going through your day, browsing the internet, you are probably not aware of the position. Instead, it appears when you tap a download link.

Go to a web page and look for the link to a file that you want to download. When you select it, you will see a pop-up with the file name asking if you want to download it. Tap the "Download" button.

 Tap the Download button to start a download

The download starts and a new "Downloads" button appears next to the address bar. at the top of the browser. Tap the button to view all current downloads. From here you can follow the progress of multiple downloads.

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

 Tap the X button to stop a download

Once the download is complete, tap the file to view a preview. If you have downloaded a media file, image or PDF, you can see this in the preview window.

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

 Tap the Share button to share the downloaded file with an app

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

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

After you have opened the file in the Files app, you can continue to touch the file to open the menu.

 Tap and hold the file from the Files app for options

Tap "Delete" here to delete the file.

 Tap Delete from the menu to delete the downloaded file

Change the default download location

By default, the downloaded files are saved in the Downloads folder in iCloud Drive in the Files app. This is a great option if you have a paid iCloud storage plan because it allows you to synchronize your downloaded files directly on all your devices.

But if you have a free disk of 5 GB, you may not have room for storing large files.

Fortunately, you can change the default location to local storage. Open the "Settings" app and go to Safari> Downloads. If you cannot find the browser on your phone, try Apple's Spotlight search to find it.

 Tap the Downloads option in Safari Settings

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

 Tap on On my iPhone to switch the download destination

By default, Safari chooses the "Downloads" folder, which you can change by tapping the "Other" option to open a folder from local storage (or from a

Alternative to 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 been updated to the latest operating system (which you should do so), or if you find yourself in a situation where you can't update, here's a solution for you.

Try the free Readdle Documents 5 app, it's an all-in-one browser and file management app.

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

 Tap the browser button to switch to it

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

 Tap Done to start the download

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

 Use the Downloads section to check downloads

Tap the "Files" button in the lower left corner to switch to the file manager. Tap the "Downloads" folder here to view your downloaded file. You can tap the download to view it in the app. Tap the "Menu" button to view options for opening the file in another app.

 Tap the menu button to view options for the downloaded file


Safari download management is just one of many new features in iOS 13. Check out our list of the best iOS 13 features for more information.

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