How to Manage Downloads in Safari on iPhone and iPad in iOS 13

How often have you used those so-called download managers on your iPhone or iPad? Managing your downloads and that too in a separate file manager app surely creates a lot of mess. And to download any video or audio in iPhone wasn’t possible without any third party app. With the latest iteration of iOS 13 and the changes that have been made to Safari, clears your chaos forever!

Right from closing tabs automatically to managing website settings, plenty of features have revamped in Safari running on iOS 13 or iPadOS 13. The Safari now comes with a download manager and a separate section in settings to manage the same.

How to Use Safari Download Manager on iPhone and iPad in iOS 13

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How to Download a Video or an Audio While Browsing in Safari App

How many different apps have you used to download an audio or a video from a particular website on your iPhone or iPad? It’s time to delete those all apps and get straight into the Safari browser to download everything! Here’s how you can do it.

Step #1. Launch Safari app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step #2. Open any website to download a file, audio or a video.

Step #3. Long Press on audio or video and tap on Download linked file.

Tap on Video File and then Download in iOS 13 Safari app

Step #4. Now you’ll see a video has started downloading in the icon (↓) on the top right corner.

Safari Download Manager in iOS 13

Step #5. Once the download is completed, you can open the file by taping on it.

iOS 13 Safari Downloaded Files

That’s it! This is how simple to download a file in Safari browser.

Now that you know how to download contents from Safari, it’s time to manage them and bring them collectively to a specified folder of your choice.

How to Change Safari’s Download Folder in iOS 13 and iPadOS

Before you download anything on Safari, make sure that the files you download goes into a specific folder and don’t congest your iCloud Drive with full of downloads. Here’s how you can do it.

Step #1. Launch Settings App and scroll down to tap on Safari.

Open Settings and Tap on Safari in iOS 13

Step #2. Now, under the General section tap on Downloads.

Tap on Downloads in iOS 13 Safari Settings

Step #3. Now you’ll be asked whether to store downloaded files on iCloud Drive or On My iPhone. Tap on On My iPhone and then on Other…

Change iOS 13 Safari Download Folder

Step #4. Once done, you will see an option of Downloads folder under On My iPhone.

Select Downloads and Tap on Done in iOS 13 Safari Settings

By default, all the files will be downloaded in that folder and if you want to locate them in another folder, and then tap on Add Folder option on the top right corner.

Next up, name the folder of your choice and tap on Done.

Create New Folder to Save Safari Downloaded File

That’s it! You can create separate folders under downloads section with the above procedure and make sure that you have separate folders for each category of downloads.

This will make it easier for you to find the files when you need the most! You can find these files in your File Manager → On My iPhone → Downloads → Your Folders.

How to Remove Download List Items of Safari Downloads

Once you’ve downloaded the files, it’s important for you to track how long you need them. This will surely save you lots of space if you aren’t using those downloaded files anymore and want to delete them. Here’s how to do it.

Step #1. Launch Settings AppSafariDownloads.

Tap on Download in iOS 13 Safari Settings

Step #2. Tap on Remove Download List Items.

Tap on Remove Download List Items in iOS 13 Safari Downloads Option

Step #3. Now select any one of these three options (After one day, Upon successful download or Manually) as per your preference. Tap on Back and that’s done!

Remove Download List Items of iOS 13 Safari Downloads

Isn’t it easy to remove the unwanted files from your download folder without even opening it? Do give it a try today! That’s all folks for today!

Wrapping Up…

So that’s how simple it is to download contents and managing them through the download folders. Do let us know if you face any issues while downloading content on your Safari.

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Suraj is a digital marketing expert on the iGB's team. He contributes to the social media section along with tips and tricks for iPhone, Apple Watch. Apart from blogging, he likes to work out as much as he can in his gym and love to listening to retro music.