Downloading any particular files is something we usually don’t really think much about when doing it on the computer or Android devices. We can literally download any file, even the one which is not supported by the Android or Windows operating system. But this thing is completely opposite when it comes to downloading a direct file on any iOS device. For those who don’t know, iOS follows a file system that does not allow its users to download any file. But Safari browser does support few formats such as (Zip, PDF, DOCX, etc.), and allows users to open the supported format within the Safari browser.
But what if you want to download any media files like .mp3, mp4, ISO, and other files on an urgent basis? This could frustrate you, as the task is uneasy and unfamiliar. And this is how third-party iOS tools come in handy. In this article, we will discuss how to download files on iOS. If you are looking for the same, you probably have landed in the right place.
How to Download Document Files on iPhone?
You can easily download document files such as PDF, Word, PowerPoint, zip, and more. You can also use Dropbox to save it as a backup which is still the best option but make sure to get Sign Up for the free one, you can even use Google Drive. Here’s how to download a PDF file:
Step 1: On your iOS device, open the Safari browser.
Step 2: Open the PDF file that you want to download.
Step 3: Now, just tap on the Share button and select the Save to Files option.
In case you don’t see Save to Files button then just swipe all way down and tap on the Edit Actions button. Now you can be able to enable the File extensions.
Step 4: You can rename the way you want, and select the location to save the file. You can select the Download folder and tap on the Save button.
Now, the file is successful will save into Dropbox, iCloud Drive, or Google Drive, or whatever service you like to use. Also, you can make particular files that you can make offline and have them whenever you want.
How to Download Photos and Videos on iPhone?
If your friend has sent you a photo or video and you want to save it on your iPhone, there are generally two ways, but it depends where you exactly want to save the file.
Step 1: Go to the photo and open it in Messages, or any other app that you prefer to view the image.
Step 2: Now, select the share button (represented as an arrow facing up).
Step 3: After that, you will get to see two options located at the bottom row of the pop-up window: Save Image and Save to File.
Step 4: The photos and videos will simply get saved to your Photos app or you can save them to the location of your choice on iPhone.
1. When you tap on Save Image, the selective photos or videos will get saved to your Photos app, you can access them from the Photo library.
2. When you tap on Save to Files, your iPhone will allow you to save the file to your desired location. Additionally, you can even save the file on iCloud, Google Drive, or Dropbox.
How to Download files using Documents app on iPhone
In case you are unaware, the Documents app is an advanced file manager that will help you to download any file you want on your iPhone or iPad device. Let it’s known that there’s a built-in web browser which you can access different web pages, and you can even download the file from the browser accordingly. Here’s how to do that:
Step 1: Visit App Store, from there download and install the Documents app.
Step 2: Open the Documents app, and access the built-in web browser located at the bottom right corner.
Step 3: Using the browser, just visit the desired download page, you can even just paste the URL of a specific page in the address bar.
Step 4: Mind you, the Document app will prompt any such option to save the file. Just tap on the Done button located at the top-right corner to begin the download.
Step 5: To access the download list, tap on the Downloads button located in the lower right corner of the screen.
Once the file is downloaded using the Document app, the file will be available in default local storage by the app. On the other side, you can able to open and access any file (supported by the iPhone). Using the Open feature, you can export the file to the desired location.
Document app will also allow transferring the downloaded file on macOS, Windows OS, and more through WiFi using iTunes.
Where iPhone Stores the Downloaded files?
The steps mentioned below will help you to store the downloaded file.
Step 1: Open the Files app on your iPhone.
Step 2: In the Browse section, tap on the location where you want to browse.
Step 3: Suppose you have downloaded a Document file it will get saved to the Documents folder. Accordingly, just open subfolders as needed to get the downloaded file.
Step 4: Tap the file to open, your iPhone will open the file using the correct app.
That’s it for now, hope this helps! Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. Till then stay tuned for more info.