How to Change Safari Download Location [iOS and iPadOS]

The recent iOS and iPadOS updates have brought many changes for the iPhone and iPad users. We’ve already talked about how you can read an external USB and access all the files on iOS and iPadOS. Another of those improvements includes Safari download manager, Dark Mode, and many other cool features. But today, we will try to explain everything about the Safari download manager and how to change the default safari download location on iPhone/iPad.

When you download a File/Image/Video in Safari it appears in a tab and the system indicates the button to go to the default download location. With the latest iOS and iPadOS versions, we can choose a folder in which to download these files.

Where does Safari store downloaded files on iPhone?

Before you move to the next section to change the default safari download location, I want you to watch this short video about “how to use the Safari download manager” and ” by default where does Safari store downloaded files on iPhone/iPad“. In this video, you will see how to use Safari download manager on iPad and iPhone and save downloaded videos to the camera roll.

Anything you will download through the Safari download manager will directly go to the “File” folder on your iPhone or iPad. But the good thing is, that you can export downloaded files to the camera roll if you want.

Change Safari Download Location

So far, we have seen how we can download files on iPhone/iPad using Safari download manager and how we can export these files camera roll. Now, if we want the download manager to save downloaded files to some other folder/cloud instead of default downloads folder, we need to make some changes from the settings on the iPhone/iPad.

If you don’t have a bunch of storage on your iPhone/iCloud, then it would be a good idea to change the default download location. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Scroll down and tap on Safari.
  • Go to the Downloads section.
  • Now, you can select and change the default download location.
  • You can also set Safari to save downloaded files on iPhone, iCloud or other cloud services.

While changing the default location we can also create new folders for specific files. In addition, we can also save the downloads directly in other cloud services like Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.

If you find the process difficult, then below is a step-by-step video tutorial to follow.


Default Safari Download Folder on iPad OS

Remember that iOS and iPad OS have introduced many changes beyond a slight redesign or a dark mode, you can go through all the news that we’ve talked about so you don’t miss any of Apple’s new systems.

Like iPhone, anything you download on your iPad, by default safari store these files on iCloud. Similarly, we can also change the default download location from settings on the iPad.

  • Go to Files on your iPad.
  • Tap on Safari.
  • Scroll down and select Downloads.
  • Select and change the default download location on your iPad.

Hope, following instruction you can set your desired download location on iPhone and iPad.

Best & Free File Managers for iPhone/iPad

Apple’s default files manager is simple, fast, and user-friendly, but still, there are many file managers out there for iOS and iPadOS that have many additional features. So, if you are not happy with the default file manager, you can download third-party apps to download and manages files on your iPhone/iPad. Below is the list of top free and paid file managers available for iPhone and iPad.

#1 FileApp

FileApp is on the top of the list of Best free file managers for iPhone and iPad because it is free, fast, organized, and versatile. I personally like and use FileApp on my iPhone because it lets me:

  • View downloaded images
  • Playback media files
  • Read documents inside the app
  • Transfer files from iPhone to PC or Mac
  • Protect the app with a passcode.

and the list goes on. Downloading FileApp on my iPhone was a wise decision because with this single I can do many things straight from my iPhone. And the best thing is that everything in this app is very organized and the layout is very userfriendly.

To Download this FileApp search in the AppStore or Click Here.

#2 File Hub

File Hub is another amazing file manager for iPhone and iPad. This App is free to download on the AppStore, user can upgrade to Pro version for $2.99 to enjoy all the amazing features. Below is the list of features that comes with this File Hub.

  • Handy File Manager
  • Photo Viewer
  • PDF Viewer
  • Music Player
  • Video Player
  • Import from several could drives.

Like FileApp, you can also transfer files between iPhone, PC, and Mac. It also supports secure wifi transfer and passcode protection. The only negative thing about his app is that it does not support touch ID. Overall File Hub is a good choice if you want to go with the pro version.

Download File Hub Free version Click Here.

To download File Hub Pro Click Here.

#3 File Manager

Last but not least, If you don’t want to spend money on app purchases then File Manager is here for you. File Manager is on the list of best free file managers for the iPhone because of its unique features. This app is extremely handy for those users who share files on the cloud drives other than iCloud. With File Manager, iPhone and iPad users can easily manage multiple could drives and files within the app in an organized manner.


The overall layout of the app is simple and easy to navigate, and the app also comes with its very own browser. Another good thing about this app is that it Touch ID compatible. The only negative side of the app is that it contains in-app ads which is an annoying thing for most of the iOS users.

Download File Manager from the AppStore or Click Here.

What do you think about this list of File Managing apps? or which one is the best app from your experience? let us know in the comments section.

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