Where to Find Downloaded Files on iPhone: 4 Useful Methods

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Downloaded files do not have a single location on your iOS device. It depends on the type of file you have downloaded. Music files, for example, get downloaded to a different folder whereas photo files don’t get in their way. If you are wondering about the location of a saved file or photo, this article will help you know where to find downloaded files on iPhone (as well as iPad).

Things, on your iPhone, are actually organized by default. However, everything is hard until we get used to it. Last summer—I remember—when I could not figure out how to access one of the important downloaded documents I was pulling my hair out. It took me a while to view those files. However, I can now guide you on how to fetch your saved items on your iPhone within a snap of fingers.

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Yes, you are not alone who does not know where the downloaded files go! So be with me and let’s see where to find downloaded files on the Apple‘s most popular device. I have mentioned the 4 most popular and easiest methods of how to access downloads on an iOS device (along with the iPhone, it will work for iPad as well).

Where to Find Downloaded Files on iPhone?

Let’s begin with the most powerful method. Accessing downloaded files from the iPhone’s dedicated folder for downloads.

1. Accessing Downloads on Files Folder

The Files folder should be your first and prime go-to folder when you have to find downloaded files. Here is how to access them:

Step 1: Open the Files app. You will find it either on your iPhone’s home screen or in the App Library (or both). Files have a blue and white folder icon.

Where to Find Downloaded Files on iPhone

Step 2: Tap Browse, it is at the bottom right-hand side corner. 

Where to Find Downloaded Files on iPhone

Step 3: You will see locations like iCloud Drive, On My iPhone, More Locations, and Recently Deleted.

Step 4: Choose the location you have selected while downloading or saving the file you are looking for.

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Step 5: Say you have downloaded it to On My iPhone. Tap on it.

Where to Find Downloaded Files on iPhone

Step 6: Click the Downloads Folder. You will generally find your saved or downloaded files here. 

Where to Find Downloaded Files on iPhone
Note: While downloading a file, iPhone will ask you to choose locations after you tap the Save to Files option on the file. There are two main locations, iCloud Drive and On My iPhone along with other cloud drives (if you have logged in to any). When you download a file using one of these options, your files get saved in Files folder and to the apposite folders—iCloud, On My Phone et cetera.

2. Accessing Downloaded Photos on Files

When you save a photo from any website using Safari, from an app like WhatsApp or Pinterest, or from other locations, You will find it on your Photos app. But it sometimes goes to Files Folder as well. Let’s see how it happens.

Option 1: If you have selected Add to Photos prompt while saving or downloading a photo. It directly goes to your Photos app. Just open it and go to the Recents album on the Photos app, your photo(s) will be there.

Where to Find Downloaded Files on iPhone

Option 2: While saving a photo if you have clicked on Save to Files, your photo is stored in the Files folder. To access it, follow the steps of the previous method—Accessing Downloads Files on Files.

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3. Accessing Music Downloads

Music files usually go to the Music app’s downloaded folder. This is how to access your downloaded Music files on your iPhone.

Step 1: Open the Music app on your iPhone. You will find it on your iPhone’s home screen and/or in the App Library.

Where to Find Downloaded Files on iPhone

Step 2: Tab Library at the bottom of the screen.

Where to Find Downloaded Files on iPhone

Step 3: Now go to the downloaded folder and get access to your Downloaded Music file by searching in the subcategories—Genre or Artist—of the Downloaded Music folder.

Where to Find Downloaded Files on iPhone

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4. Accessing Downloaded Apps

When you download an app, it usually creates a shortcut icon on your iPhone’s home screen. If by chance it is not there, check out the following steps.

Step 1: Navigate to the screen where you’ll discover a search bar at the top of your iPhone’s screen. This search bar is labeled App Library. You may have to swipe left a few or several screens. It is usually found on the last screen.

Step 2: Tap the App Library search bar. You will find all installed apps here.

Step 3: Either navigate until you find it or type the name of the recently downloaded app in the search bar.

Where to Find Downloaded Files on iPhone

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Where to Find Downloaded Files on iPhone?

Wrapping Up

I hope you now know where here to find downloaded files on iPhone devices. When it comes to files, you only need to remember whether you had selected iCloud Drive and On My iPhone in Save to Files menu. It will be easy to locate the file. However, if you don’t remember the location, browse all of the Locations in the Files folder until you locate it. I personally like to save files to iCloud Drive. It helps in keeping the device fast and smooth.

So, that is all for the day. Keep visiting and surfing Path of EX regularly. We work to bring you the latest updates, fixes, and tips and tricks 24*7.

Frequently Asked Question

Where to Find Downloaded Files on iPhone?

Downloaded files (other than music files and photographs) usually can be found in the Files folder.

Where to Find Downloaded Images/Photos on iPhone?

Downloaded photo files generally can be found on the Recents album inside the Photos app. If selected otherwise, you will find it in the Files folder.

Where to Find Downloaded Music Files on iPhone?

Downloaded music files can be found inside the Downloaded Music folder. You can access this folder in the Library of the Music app. If selected otherwise, you will find your downloaded music in the Files folder.

Where to Find Downloaded PDF on iPhone?

To access your downloaded PDF follow:
Step 1: Open the Files app.
Step 2: Tap Browse.
Step 3: Tap iCloud Drive or On My iPhone.
Step 6: Click the Downloads Folder.
Your PDF file will be there.

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