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.

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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How to Copy an Image or Video From Files to Photos

If you have downloaded images or videos to your Files app on your iPhone or iPad, you might be wondering if you can copy them to your Photos library. The answer is yes.

If you have downloaded images or videos to your Files app on your iPhone or iPad, you might be wondering if you can copy them to your Photos library. The answer is yes. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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First, open the Files app. Refer to below image:

Accessing the Files app

Now, navigate to the folder that contains the media files that you would like to copy to your Photos. In our example, we are using the Downloads folder on the iPhone, but the files could just as easily be copied from other folders in Files, such as Dropbox or your iCloud Drive. See below image:

Accessing the Downloads folder on my iPhone

If it’s a single photo or video, (like our example), tap on it to open up its detailed view.

If you want to select multiple files on an iPhone, tap the ellipsis button (three dots in a circle) in the upper-right corner of the screen and choose Select. (On an iPad, just tap Select). Then, place check marks on the items you want to copy to Photos. See following image:

Accessing a single image

Either way, once you have a single item opened or multiple items selected, tap the Share button. On the iPad, it’s in the upper-right corner of the screen. On the iPhone, it’s located in the lower left-hand corner. Refer to below image for the iPhone:

Accessing the Share button

On the Share pop-up list, tap Save Image or Save Video. If you selected multiple items, tap Save X Items, where X is the number of items you have selected. See below image:

Saving the single image to Photos

The next time you open your Photos app, you will see the images or videos you saved from Files.

This process works both ways. If you want to copy photos or images from Photos to Files, select them in the Photos app, tap Share, then select Save to Files.

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