Over the years, iOS is slowly but steadily on its way to becoming a desktop-class operating system. Various features added with recent versions of iOS point to this and with iOS 13 – as well as iPadOS 13 – they only confirm the belief that one-day iOS devices can do almost anything that laptops can do. With iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, check out the addition of support for Bluetooth mice, PS4 and Xbox One controllers and some handy adjustments to Safari. One of these Safari adjustments is the addition of a good download manager with iOS 13 and iPad 13, a large function that is flown a bit under the radar.
Yes, Safari has a good download manager and you can now download almost any file from the internet in this browser. First, let’s deal with the basics.
Where is the Safari download manager?
Open Safari on iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 and tap a download link on the internet. You will now see a download icon in Safari at the top right. Tap that download link and a list of recently downloaded items will appear.
Follow these steps for an overview of how this process works.
Now go to your favorite website where you can download things. Tap the download link. You will see a pop-up asking if you want to download the file. Tap Download.
Now you can tap the Downloads icon at the top right to see the progress of the download. After the download is complete, you can tap Clear to empty the list of downloaded items (this will not delete the files, but will delete the list in Safari).
Downloads are saved on iCloud Drive by default. Go to Settings> Safari> Downloads to change the download location.
Now you can select whether you want to save downloaded files locally or in the cloud on your iOS device.
There is another option on the Downloads page. It is called Delete Download List Items. You can tap on it and choose whether you want to clear the list of downloaded items in Safari automatically or manually.
That is actually the essence of downloading files in Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
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