How to save downloads to my smartphone or tablet?

Downloading files directly to your smartphone or tablet may be tricky, but with the right tools and a bit of patience, you can do it. In this article, you'll find information about downloading on both iOS and Android devices. 

For iOS (iPhone and iPad) users

If you're using the Safari browser, the download page will typically open or play the file content, unless it's in .zip or .rar format (read about .zip/.rar files below). 
Unfortunately, the file doesn't automatically get saved to the device, so you need to take some extra steps to do that. Otherwise, you'll have spent your download attempts on viewing the file and you won't be able to return to it at a later time.

Here's how to save various file types on your iOS device:

  • .pdf / .epub / .docx / .doc format files

Select 'Copy to iBooks' when the downloaded file opens for viewing.


  • .mp3 / .wav (audio) format files

a) if the file is smaller than 350MB, try using the Dropbox download option. The Dropbox button is just next to the green 'Download' button. 

b) if the file is larger than 350MB, use the Documents app by Readdle, or download to your computer and then transfer the file to your iPhone or tablet.


  • Images (.jpg, .png & similar formats) 

When the downloaded file opens in your browser, press and hold down on the screen over the image. The option to save the image will appear.


  • .zip or .rar files

You'll need an app to be able to save and open these compressed archive files. The free trial version of WinZip is an option, but you can use other useful apps from the App Store, too. If you'd prefer not to get an app to open .zip or .rar archive files, you'll need to download the file directly to a computer and perform the extraction (unzipping/unraring) process there.


  • app-specific files, like .lrtemplate, .dng and other

Your device must have the appropriate app to open and install the file. When the file downloads, choose 'More...' and select the app which can run the file. If it's not possible to do that, you may need to download on your computer first and then sync the file with your device(s). 
To find out what app you need or how to use the file you bought, please reach out to the seller or look for more information via Google. You can also use this online tool to find out more about the file format you've received:  https://fileinfo.com/

For Android device users

Every Android device has a slightly different interface, but generally, there is a 'Downloads' folder or app where all files are saved by default. 

Alternatively, you may need to use apps to save or run specific files, for example:

  • .zip or .rar files

If you don't have one already, you'll need to get an app from the Google Store to extract and use the files included in the compressed folder. Winzip and other frequently used apps will be the optimal choice. 


  • app-specific files, like .lrtemplate, .dng and other

Make sure your device has the appropriate app to run the app at all. To find out what app you need or how to use the file you bought, please reach out to the seller or look for more information via Google. You can also use this online tool to find out more about the file format you've received:  https://fileinfo.com/

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