How to find downloaded files on an iPhone or iPad

When you download something on a desktop, it’s easy to find. Simply open the folders on your hard drive and find what you just downloaded. But on iOS devices, it gets a bit more difficult. Different types of files are saved in different places and different applications. Here’s a quick rundown of where you can find downloaded files on an iPhone or iPad.

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When you download files to your iPhone or iPad, the documents are usually saved in the Files app. The music will be in the Downloaded section of the Music app. The photos will be in the Photos app, and the apps will be in your App Library (or on your front screen, depending on your settings).


How to find downloaded files on an iPhone or iPad

files app on iphone screen downloaded files

If you downloaded a document (PDF, Word document, text file, etc.) on your iPhone, it is most likely lurking in the records app If you previously deleted the app, you can get it back from the App Store.

For this example, I’m going to download a free public domain eBook in my Chrome browser. So after downloading it, go to the records application, and Browse tab. Since the download was done on my iPhone, tap on my iPhone. If you’re on your iPad, I’d say on my ipad.

ios files app on my iphone downloaded files

Since the download was done in the Chrome browser, tap the Chrome binder.

ios files app folders downloaded files

The eBook I downloaded is now there.

ios app downloaded epub files

If you long press the thumbnail of the file, you will get various options. You can move the file to another folder in the Files app, duplicate it, compress it, rename it, or open it (via the Share menu). The default program for ePub files on iOS devices is the Books app.

If there isn’t a suitable app for the type of file you’ve downloaded, you’ll need to install something from the App Store first. Or leave it in iCloud to watch on your Mac later (if you have a Mac, obviously).

ios file app menu options downloaded files

How to find downloaded music on an iPhone or iPad

ios music app on iphone screen

If you’ve downloaded music from the iTunes Store or imported MP3 files into the Music app, you can find them all in the Discharged section of the Music application. In the Music app, tap the Library tab at the bottom.

ios music app library tab

The first category on the next screen is Discharged. Tap that to see your downloaded audio files.

ios music app downloaded files tab

Your downloaded audio files are subcategorized into genres like artists, albums, songs, And so on. You can search for a specific file by browsing one of these folders or by looking at the recently downloaded section at the bottom.

ios music app downloaded files

How to Find Downloaded Photos on an iPhone or iPad

It’s easy to find all the downloaded images on your iPhone or iPad – they all end up in the Photos application Even screenshots and images downloaded from websites. The only exception would be if you selected save to files when you saved the image. In that case, you’ll be in the Files app.

iOS Photos App Recent Downloaded Files

In the Photos app, go to the albums tab and select recent. Your images will be the last there. Or scroll down to media typesand filter your media by type. Your downloaded images will also be in the imports section.

ios photos app import downloaded files

How to Find Downloaded Apps on an iPhone or iPad

This is probably the easiest of all. When you download and install an app, it appears on your iPhone or iPad screen or on the App Library. It all depends on your device settings. To access the app library, swipe left on the home screen. Your recently installed app will be on the recently added folder at the top.

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