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How to find downloaded files on iPhone or iPad

How to find downloaded files on iPhone or iPad

If you download files to your iPhone or iPad, accessing them can be confusing compared to a Mac or PC. The iOS and iPadOS Store has a special folder with downloads and you can find it through the Files app.

First, find the Files app on your iPhone or iPad. The quickest way to do this is with spotlight search. Swipe down a finger from the center of the home screen, then type “Files”. Tap “Files” in the search results.

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Tap "Files" Spotlight in search results.

Tap “Browse” at the bottom, then tap “on my iPhone” or “on my iPad” depending on which device you are using.

The list below “Locations” varies depending on the apps you have installed, but your device will always be “on me” [Device]”List.

Tap "Browse," And then press "On my iPhone."

You will see a list of folders, which will change again depending on the applications you have installed. Generally, most people save files to the “Downloads” folder, so click on it.

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Tap "Downloads."

You will see a list of all the files that you have downloaded. During the download process, you can save the file in a folder other than “Downloads”. If you do not see the file you are looking for, click the back arrow in the upper left, then tap another folder.

Contents of a "Downloads" Folder.

Once you find the file you want, you can tap it to preview it or hold it down to open a pop-up menu. Then, you can move, copy or rename the file along with other activities.

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Tap and hold the file to open the pop-up menu and perform other activities.

When you’re done, exit the Files app. The next time you open the files, the file you are looking for will be where you left it.

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