The question of downloading and then saving documents and other files are not important if you work on your computer or Android smartphone. But that’s not the case when using an iPhone or iPad. Apple doesn’t really allow iOS users to download files directly. But there are ways to work. In this article, we’ll show you how you can upload files to your iPhone or iPad.
Where do I save files on my iPhone and iPad?
One of the most unpleasant problems when working with iOS devices was the lack of a traditional file system with which to work with local files. On the one hand, that’s great, because it’s protected from malicious users from outside, as well as from user curves that could accidentally break something.
However, with the introduction of the Files app on the iPhone and iPad, this problem has been solved to some extent. However, it is too early to talk about a complete solution, there are significant differences in relation to Android or Windows. On the other hand, this approach is already capable of meeting most user needs, and with the release of iOS 13, there are even more opportunities to work with files.
Previously, you could not upload files to your iPhone or iPad because they could not be managed. Now, if you upload a file, document, or even video to your iPad or iPad, they’ll all be saved directly in the Files app on your device. In iCloud Drive, the Files app has a Downloads folder where iOS defaults to saving all your downloaded files.
This automatically backs up all your downloaded files and then synchronizes them on all your Apple devices that have a single Apple ID (iCloud) account.
How do I change the location of my iPhone and iPad Downloads folder?
In addition to Safari, the App Store has many other web browsers for the iPhone and iPad. However, you can only download files and media to your device using the Safari browser. The default download location in Safari is iCloud Drive in the Files app, which will fill up very quickly if you use the free 5 GB rate. So you should definitely consider changing the download location to local storage on your device instead of iCloud cloud storage. To do so:
- open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Scroll down and find the Safari section.
- find the Downloads option and click on it.
- Select “On iPhone” or “On iPad,” changing the previous iCloud Drive option.
- You can also press “Other…” to select a different directory of your choice.
All the files you download to your iPhone or iPad are now stored in their local storage. You can find them using the Files app on your device.
Save files to your iPhone or iPad from Yandex, Google Disc, Dropbox or other third-party cloud storage devices
Yandex.disk, Google Drive and Dropbox are the most popular sources for many users to store and share files or documents on multiple devices. The advantage of Google Drive is due to the additional ability to create documents using the service Google Documents and then save them directly to the same.
All these cloud storage solutions provide cross-platform access from any of your devices, including computers, smartphones, etc., with the ability to download directly to save documents from the cloud to your device storage.
Alternative to the Files on iPhone and iPad app?
As an alternative, you can use various kinds of download managers, which in the App Store pond or file managers with the built-in browser (in fact, it is the same).
The Documents (review) application for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad from Readdle will be quite an advanced option.
Uploading and saving files to your iPad and iPhone is no longer a big problem since Apple introduced the Files app and the direct download option in Safari. With iOS 13, you can now download almost all types of files and easily process them using the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.