How to Change the Safari Download Location in iOS 13 on iPhone or iPad

Safari browser for your iOS devices gets an inbuilt download manager with the recent iOS 13 updates. Now manage your downloads and decide whether to store downloads directly on your device or iCloud.

iOS 13 update has brought in some fantastic elements to Safari, including an inbuilt download manager. As part of the new feature, you can now manage safari downloads on your iPhone.

As a default, your downloaded files would be saved on iCloud; enabling you to access your downloads from any of your Apple devices. However, you can change Safari’s default file download location iCloud to local storage on your iPhone or iPad.

In addition, the feature also lets you save your downloads to other cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. Here’s how:

How to Change Safari’s Default File Download Location in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

When you choose to download something from the browser window, it is obviously for safekeeping the file for future references. However, when the time arrives, we are not able to find the said file.

Switching the download location is one such task that will help you streamline your downloads. So, just designate a folder/ drive as per your wish and never spend hours searching for your downloaded files.


Step #1. Open Settings app on your iPhone and tap on Safari.

Open Settings and Tap on Safari in iOS 13

Step #2. Scroll down to the General section and tap on Downloads.

Tap on Downloads in iOS 13 Safari Settings

Step #3. Now, tap on Other.

Tap on Other in Safari Downloads Settings on iPhone

Step #4. Tap on iCloud Drive or My iPhone or any third-party storage services added to your device and tap on Folder you want to download.

Select any third-party Storage service to Save Safari Download Files on iPhone

Step #5. If you want to add a new folder, tap on the folder-shaped icon from the upper right corner → Name the folder → Tap on Done from the upper right corner.

Create New Folder to Save Safari Download Files on iPhone

Step #6. Finallytap on Done to confirm the change and exit the app.

Tap on Done to Change Safari Default File Download Location on iPhone or iPad

Happy Downloading!!

With the ability to change Safari files download in iOS, Apple has cut down the need of a third-party app and all the privacy risks that come along with it. I am thoroughly enjoying the tweaks that Safari has incorporated through the iOS 13 update.

Do you know that now you can even bookmark all open tabs in Safari? Haven’t these features made the browser of your iPhone or iPad more user-friendly? Have you tried any such feature, how has your experience been?

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