How to Change the Safari Download Location in iOS 13 and iPadOS

How to Change the Safari Download Location in iOS 13 and iPadOS

The addition of a built-in download manager to Safari in iOS 13 and iPadOS was a positive step by Apple. Now, you can download files without using the Share Sheet or third-party browsers or file managers.

How to Change the Safari Download Location in iOS 13 and iPadOS

The default location where Safari’s download manager saves your files can be a concern. All downloads are stored in iCloud Drive, so they are duplicated there. However, you can easily change the location. You can either switch folders within iCloud Drive or download files directly to your local storage. You can also use third-party cloud-storage services instead of iCloud Drive.

Switch Folders in iCloud Drive

By default, Safari downloads files to a folder called ‘Downloads’ in iCloud Drive. However, you can change the downloads location in iCloud with minimal effort.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and go to Safari.

Step 2: Scroll down to the General section, then tap Downloads. Select Other.

Step 3: Choose a new location in iCloud Drive. It’s a good idea to create a sub-folder within the selected location to avoid confusion with other files later on.

Tap the folder icon in the top-right corner to create a sub-folder. Once you’ve named it, tap Done.

Step 4: Tap Done to save your changes and exit the Settings app.

Downloads will now be saved to the specified location in iCloud Drive. To move existing files from the old Downloads folder, use the Files app.

Alternatively, you can use local storage on your iPhone or iPad to store Safari downloads. That will prevent your device from uploading files to the cloud, which is a helpful alternative if iCloud Drive has limited storage. Additionally, re-uploading large downloads to the cloud can slow down network speeds, so keeping downloads in local storage can resolve that issue.

See also  How to Change Email Address on Amazon Account

To switch the download location to local storage, go to the Settings app, tap Safari, then Downloads, and select “On My iPhone/On My iPad.”

By default, Safari’s download manager will create a Downloads folder within On My iPhone/iPad. However, you can choose a different existing folder or create a new one using the Other option.

You need to use the Files app to move your older downloads from iCloud Drive to the new location if desired.

Instead of saving to iCloud Drive or your iPhone or iPad, you can use popular third-party cloud storage providers like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive as Safari’s default location for downloads.

If you’ve already installed and logged into the relevant cloud storage apps on your iPhone or iPad, you can activate them through the Files app. Then, choose one of them to be Safari’s default download location.

Here’s how:

1. Open the Files app and tap the ellipsis (three-dot) icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.

2. Tap Edit on the menu that appears. Then, turn on the switches next to each listed cloud storage service to activate them.

How to Change the Safari Download Location in iOS 13 and iPadOS

At the time of writing, some cloud storage services like Amazon Drive have certain limitations. Safari’s download manager creates a new location in the selected storage service called ‘Downloads.’ However, you can easily switch to a different folder or create one using the Other option, similar to iCloud Drive.

Download Like a Pro

Safari’s downloads manager was a needed addition to the iPhone and iPad, a long-desired functionality. Kudos to Apple for giving us the flexibility to easily choose from multiple storage locations. What’s your preferred location for downloads? Let us know in the comments.

See also  4 Ways to Make a Picture Fit Wallpaper on iPhone

Next up: Tired of Safari? Try these nine alternative browsers for a different online experience.

Leave a Comment