How to Locate Downloaded Files on iPhone or iPad

If you have downloaded files to your iPhone or iPad, accessing them might be confusing. There’s a special folder where iOS and iPadOS store downloads, and you can find it via the Files app.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
February 23, 2022

If you have downloaded files to your iPhone or iPad, accessing them might be confusing. There’s a special folder where iOS and iPadOS store downloads, and you can find it via the Files app. Let’s find out how to locate downloaded files.

This is for the iPhone and iPad. Screenshots are from iPhone XR

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First, locate the Files app on your iPhone or iPad. The quickest way to do this is with Spotlight Search. Swipe one finger down from the middle of the Home screen, and then type Files. In the search results, then tap the Files icon. Refer to the below image:

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Locating the Files app

Next, select the Browse tab at the bottom. See the below image:

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Accessing the Browse tab

Now, tap On My iPhone or On My iPad, depending on which device you are using. The list under Locations will vary depending on which apps you have installed, but your device will always have an On My [Device] listing. See the following image:

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Selecting On My iPhone option

Next, you will see a list of folders which will vary depending on what apps you have installed. Generally, most people save files to the Downloads folder, so tap this folder. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting the Downloads folder

Now, you will see a list of all the files you have downloaded. During the download process, you can save a file to a folder other than Downloads. If you do not see the file you are looking for, tap the Back arrow at the upper left-hand corner, and then tap another folder. See the below image:

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Selecting a downloaded image

Next, once you locate the file you want, you can tap it to preview it, or tap and hold it to open a pop-up menu. Then, you can move, copy, or rename the file, along with other operations. See the following image:

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The image options

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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