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Downloading files on a PC or Android device is something normal and ok. After you Download files to your iPhone or iPad you can easily browse through folders and open them with a click. For some reason, Apple thinks that this is not Ok, so on the iOS things are more complicated than they look. Just as simple, to download a file can all the sudden become a very hard task.

How iPhone and iPad downloads and saves your Files

This is the question which iPhone and iPad users don’t get, but also the problem I got when I decide to give one more chance to Apple and buy a new iPad over Android tablet.

Basically, there is no access to the file system on iOS, which of course means that you cannot download files and save them to your Download folder or any other folder. You just can open your files in the web browser, nothing more. To compensate this, Apple has given you an expansion to iCloud services with iCloud drive, where you can store your files.

Dropbox and Google Drive can do it

Luckily, Apple allows you to download and use third-party apps like Dropbox and Google Drive. In order to save files to your 5Gb limited iCloud drive, you can easily save them to your Dropbox or Google Drive.

The downloaded files won’t be on the device, they will be stored in the cloud. But still, they are accessible from the iPhone or iPad. You can download them and use offline.

How to Download Files on iPhone or iPad

Basically, in the same way, you can download any type of files like: PDF, Word, Zip, mp3, wav, mov, etc. Any file can be downloaded.

Step 1. Create a Dropbox or Google Drive account. Then download Dropbox or Google Drive from the AppStore.

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Step 2. On your iPhone or iPad, using the Safari open the file you want to download.

Step 3. Tap the Share button, which will bring up the Share Sheet.

Step 4. Tap on the “Save to Dropbox” and then the “Save” button. You can also choose a different folder where to save the file. See the screenshot below.

download files to iphone ipadThat’s all the procedure. Now you have the file saved to your Dropbox. Basically, you do the same steps to save it to your Google Drive. If you have Dropbox or Google Drive installed on several devices. This file will be available on all of them.

Now you can easily access this file from your Dropbox or Google Drive. You can even use it offline. Also, you can share it.

Thanks, Apple! Like and share with your Apple Fans! :)

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