If you often download files to your iPhone, you've probably spent some time looking for them in all of your internal folders. To make it easier to find them next time, tell yourself they're probably in the Files app. Usually, if you've downloaded an image from a website or other app, you'll find it in the Photos app. The music you purchased from Apple can be found in the "Downloaded" section of the Music app.
Method 1 of 4: Find the downloaded files
Step 1. Open the Files application
It's the blue and white folder icon on your Home screen or in the Productivity & Finance section of the App Library.
- When you press the option Save to Files on a file, you will be prompted to choose a save location. Depending on your settings, you will be able to select On my iphone, iCloud Drive and can be other online storage spaces. If you downloaded a file this way, you'll find it in the Files app.
- If you're looking for a photo you've saved from the web, app, or message, you'll likely find it in the Photos app, not Files. This is because when you save a photo, you are prompted to select Add to Photos. The only way not to show your photo in the Photos app is to select Save to Files rather than adding it to your photos.
Step 2. Tap Browse at the bottom right of the screen
If you are already on a screen that says Browse at the top, skip to the next step.
Step 3. Select On My iPhone
This option is under the Locations heading at the top of the screen.
- Depending on how you downloaded the file you are looking for, you may find it directly in the main On My iPhone folder.
- In this section, you will find an iCloud Drive folder, in addition to all the other online storage services that you have set up on your phone. If you tap any of them, you may also find downloaded files there.
Step 4. Open the Downloads folder
This is the blue folder with a downward facing arrow in its center. This is where you will usually find your downloaded files like PDFs, documents, audio files, and images that you haven't saved in the Photos app.
Method 2 of 4: Find the downloaded music
Step 1. Open the Music app on your iPhone
It's the red and white musical note icon on the Home screen or in the app library.
Step 2. Tap Library
It's the icon at the bottom of the screen in the shape of 3 overlapping squares with a musical note.
Step 3. Go to Downloaded
This is one of the categories on the Library page. Tap it to display another list of categories.
Step 4. Select a category to view the downloaded music
For example, if you want to view your downloads by artist, tap Artists.
Method 3 of 4: Find downloaded apps
Step 1. Swipe the home screen to the left
You may have to drag it multiple times to get to this screen, but you'll know you've come to the right place when you see a search bar that says App Library at the top with several categorized folders.
Step 2. Tap the App Library search bar
This will bring up a list of all the apps installed on your iPhone.
Step 3. Type the name of an application to search for it
If you know the name of the app, you can type it in the search bar to display it in the list.
Method 4 of 4: View the available storage space
Step 1. Open your iPhone settings
It's the gray cogwheel icon on the Home screen or in the app library.
Step 2. Tap General
This option is found in the third group of parameters.
Step 3. Select iPhone Storage
You will find the iPhone Storage option towards the middle of the page.
Step 4. Go through the recommendations (optional)
You may see some recommendations for saving storage space on your iPhone, like turning on iCloud Photos or reviewing your home videos. Tap a recommendation to learn more and if you're interested, follow the onscreen instructions to continue.
Step 5. Tap an app to see its storage information
Most of the apps in the list show how much memory they occupy on your iPhone. Tap on one to see how it uses the amount of space listed.
- For example, press Instagram (if you have the app installed) displays how much storage space the app is using, as well as what data it needs to back up to your phone.
- To push on Safari displays the amount of storage space occupied by Documents & Data, your offline reading list, browsing history, and downloads.