How to Change Safari Download Location in iOS 14

If you’ve never used an iPhone before the introduction of iOS 14, you’re probably unaware of the absolute mess it was to download files using Safari. With iOS 14 however, Apple introduced a dedicated download manager for Safari, and with a dedicated download manager, comes dedicated download locations. So, if you’re wondering where Safari downloads files, or if you just want to save your downloads in iCloud Drive, or somewhere locally, here’s how to change Safari download location in iOS 14.

Change Safari Download Location on iPhone and iPad

  • Head over to ‘Settings’ and tap on ‘Safari’. Here, tap on ‘Downloads’.

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  • You can now select a location either in iCloud Drive, or on your iPhone where Safari will save downloaded files in the future.

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Even though Apple has started calling it iPadOS 14, the OS is essentially the same as iOS 14 with some added features targeted at larger screens. What this means, is that the same process will work on the iPad as well. All the settings are in the same places, with the same names, so you shouldn’t have any issues changing Safari download location on iPad either.

Easily Manage Your Downloaded Files

I don’t use iCloud Drive, which is why I prefer that my Safari downloads get saved right on my iPhone itself instead of going to iCloud. I mean sure, it offers the benefit of synced downloads across all my devices, but I don’t really need that. If you feel the same way, you can now change your default download location to a folder on your iPhone. On the other hand, if you use iCloud Drive like a lot of people, you can also configure Safari to save downloads in a particular folder in iCloud Drive as well.

The bottom line is, this is a great way to ensure that your downloaded files stay organised in one location instead of being spread out all over the place. So, do you prefer saving your downloads locally on your iPhone or in iCloud Drive? Let me know in the comments.

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