How to Download Files Using Safari on iOS

iOS has slowly but steadily been moving towards becoming a desktop class operating system. Several features added with recent versions of iOS have been pointing towards this and with iOS 13 as well as iPadOS 13. With iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, seen the addition of support for Bluetooth mice, PS4 and Xbox One controllers, and some nifty tweaks to Safari. One of these Safari tweaks is the addition of a proper download manager with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. Safari has a proper download manager and you can download pretty much any file off the Internet on this browser now.

How to Download Files Using Safari on iOS

  • Open Safari.
  • Go to your favorite website where you find things to download. Tap the download link. You will see a confirmation pop-up asking if you want to download the file.
  • Tap Download.
  • Tap the Downloads icon on the top-right to see the progress of the download.
  • Once the download is complete, you can tap Clear to empty the list of downloaded items.
  • This does not delete the files, just clears the list in Safari.
  • By default downloads are saved on iCloud Drive.
  • To change download location go to Settings > Safari > Downloads.
  • Select whether you want to store downloaded files on your iOS device locally or on the cloud.

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