Question: Is there a downloads folder on iPhone, just like that on a Mac or Windows computer? And how to find what you’ve downloaded on your iPhone 7, iPhone 6, or iPad, iPod touch? And does the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X offer the downloads folder?
On a Windows or Mac computer, there is a Downloads Folder where you can store all files that you’ve downloaded from Internet or Email. But things are different in iOS, you can’t find similar “downloaded folder” on your iPhone or iPad. And even the new released iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X have no download folder, too.
Where are downloads on iPhone and iPad?
Different from Windows, Mac and Android, Apple mobile operating system manages files in a different way. On your iPhone iPad and iPod touch, iOS will put your downloaded file to related apps based on its format.
For example, if you go through a PDF file via Safari on your iPhone 7 , you can view the PDF using Safari. Or you can download it to “iBooks” or iCloud Drive.
If you hold on a picture in Safari, it will show you an option “Save Image” to save the picture. After tapping “Save Image”, your iPhone won’t tell you where the image will go. But actually the picture will be automatically downloaded to Photos app on your iPhone.
How to find downloads on iPhone and iPad [5 Tips]
Just like we’ve showed in the first part, sometimes your iPhone won’t tell you where your downloads saved. For old iOS users, it’s easy to find the downloads. But if you are new, you should know some basic knowledge on how iOS save downloaded files.
1. Check Apple built-in apps and cloud service like iCloud Drive
Usally, Photos app stores pictures, Music app stores purchased songs and iBook app stores PDF. iPhone allows you to store files to iCloud drive or other cloud server like Dropbox, so you can check whether you’v saved them there.
2. Check the app download history to find your saved files
Some apps will record your download history, and offer you the list to view all your downloads in the app. In this way, you can get your download. However, most of apps don’t have download list feature.
3. You can use files apps to manager downloads on iPhone
Although there is no “downloads folder” on iPhone, some files managers for iOS enables you to manager and preview downloaded files, such as File Manager & Web Browser. Notice that most of these apps are not free.
4. Use files browsing software.
Some desktop-based iOS managing software enables you to access iOS files system as folders. Better than iTunes, the iOS managers can access not only media files but also pictures, PDFs and even app data on your device. In this way you can view and search your saved files on your iOS device.
Related Reading: Best iTunes Alternative for iPhone Data Transfer
5. iOS 11 brings “Files App for iOS” to manage files on iPhone iPad
iOS 11 brings one new app – “Files App for iOS“, to manager files on iOS devices and cloud storage like iCloud. And it may helps you to preview files, edit documents and manage downloads for free in the future. And we’ve installed iOS 11 GM on our device, and now we don’t find the Downloads feature, but we can download PDF and images to Files app in iOS 11 now.
Related Reading: The full list of iOS 11 features