How to Find Downloads on iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

Are you having trouble finding your downloaded files on your iPhone? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to easily locate your downloads on your iPhone. Let’s get started.

Method 1: Using the Files App

If you have iOS 11 or later installed on your iPhone, Apple introduced the Files app, which allows you to manage and organize all your files in one place. Here’s how to find your downloads using the Files app:

  1. Step 1: Locate and open the “Files” app on your iPhone. It has a blue folder icon.
  2. Step 2: By default, the “Browse” tab will be displayed.

    If not, tap on “Browse” at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Step 3: Look for a section called “Locations” and tap on “On My iPhone”.
  4. Step 4: Within “On My iPhone”, you will find various folders. Tap on the folder where you think your downloaded file might be located.
  5. Step 5: Browse through the folders until you find your downloaded file.

If you’re unsure about which folder contains your download, make sure to check each folder one by one until you locate it.

Method 2: Using Safari Downloads

If you downloaded a file using Safari, it is possible to find your downloads directly within Safari. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Open Safari on your iPhone.
  2. Step 2: Tap on the “Downloads” icon located in the top-right corner of the screen. It looks like an arrow pointing down.
  3. Step 3: You will now see a list of your downloaded files in chronological order, with the most recent download at the top.
  4. Step 4: Tap on any file in the list to open it or choose “Open in..” to select an app to open it with.

This method is particularly useful if you frequently use Safari for downloading files onto your iPhone.

Method 3: Using App-Specific Download Folders

Certain apps have their own designated folders where downloaded files are stored. These apps include but are not limited to, Mail, Dropbox, and Google Drive. Here’s how to find your downloads within these apps:


  1. Step 1: Open the Mail app on your iPhone.
  2. Step 2: Locate the email containing the download attachment and tap on it to open it.
  3. Step 3: Once opened, you will find the attachment displayed. Tap and hold on the attachment until a menu appears.
  4. Step 4: From the menu, select “Save Attachment”.

The downloaded file will be saved to your iPhone’s default location for saving attachments within the Mail app. You can then follow Method 1 to locate this file using the Files app if needed.

Dropbox & Google Drive

If you use Dropbox or Google Drive, the downloaded files are usually stored within the respective app itself. Here’s how to find your downloads:

  1. Step 1: Open the Dropbox or Google Drive app on your iPhone.
  2. Step 2: Look for a “Downloads” or “Offline” section within the app.
  3. Step 3: Tap on this section to access your downloaded files.

You can then tap on any file to open it using the respective app or choose to share it with other apps installed on your iPhone.

Congratulations! You now know multiple methods to find your downloads on your iPhone. Whether you use the Files app, Safari Downloads, or app-specific download folders, you can easily locate and access all your downloaded files with ease.

We hope this tutorial was helpful. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask in the comments below. Happy downloading!

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