Over the years, 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 — they only cement the view that one-day iOS devices will be able to do almost everything laptops can. With iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, see 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 iPad 13, which is a big feature that’s flown under the radar a bit.
Yes, Safari has a proper download manager and you can download pretty much any file of the Internet on this browser now. Let’s first cover the basics.
Where is the Safari download manager?
Just open Safari on iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 and tap any download link on the Internet. Now you’ll see a download icon on the top right in Safari. Tap that downloads link and a list of recently downloaded items will appear.
How to use Safari to download files on iPhone or iPad
Follow these steps for an overview of how this process works.
Now 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.
Now you can 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.
Now you can select whether you want to store downloaded files on your iOS device locally or on the cloud.
There’s another option on the Downloads page. Remove Download List Items. You can tap that and choose whether you want to clear the list of downloaded items in Safari automatically or manually.
That’s pretty much the gist of how to download files in Safari on your iPhone or iPad.