How to save downloads to a smartphone or tablet

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Can I save my purchase on my mobile device?

How to save downloads on iOS devices (iPhone and iPad)

How to save downloads on Android devices


Can I save my purchase on my mobile device?

Yes absolutely, with the right tools and a bit of patience, you can download and save files directly to your smartphone or tablet.

You can use the below directory and quick links to skip to the relevant section:

iOS devices

E-books (.pdf / .epub / .docx / .doc & similar)

Videos or audio files (.mp3 / .wav / .mp4 / .avi & similar)

Images (.jpg, .png & similar)

.zip / .rar & similar formats

App-specific files like .lrtemplate

Android devices

.zip or .rar files 

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


How to save downloads on iOS devices (iPhone and iPad)

If you're using the Safari browser, it will typically open or start playing the download without an option to save the file. Unfortunately, the file doesn't automatically get saved to the device, and you need to take some extra steps to complete the download. 

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.

E-books (.pdf / .epub / .docx / .doc & similar)

Select Copy to Books when the downloaded file opens for viewing.

Videos or audio files (.mp3 / .wav / .mp4 / .avi & similar)

If you're trying to download video or audio files directly to your smartphone, the file will likely start playing, but it will not be possible to watch or listen to the whole file. That's because the purchase is meant for downloading, not for streaming. 

However, there are two ways to download the file on to your device. To ensure you' re successfully downloading the file onto your device, use one of the methods below.

Download with Dropbox

Note: if the file is smaller than 350MB, you can use the Dropbox download option. The Dropbox button is just next to the green Download button. If the file is larger than 350MB use the Documents by Readdle app.

To use this option you first need to make sure to have a Dropbox account and the app installed on your mobile device.

Download with Documents by Readdle

To download video and audio files, you first need to install the Documents by Readdle app on your iOS device. Once installed, it will give you the option to either download the file directly through the  Built-in browser or using the  Safari browser on your device.
Download with Built-in browser

The Built-in browser provides you with the possibility to bookmark or save a web page so you can save the file to Documents on your device. Moreover, all recently visited web pages and search results are saved in Search History for your convenience.

  1. Copy the download link (purchase link) from your browser 
  2. Open the Documents app on your device
  3. Click the Compass icon in the bottom right corner
  4. Paste the download link into the Built-in browser
  5. Click Download
  6. Wait for the download to complete
  7. Click Save
  8. Find the file in your Downloads folder


Download with Safari browser

With this method, you can download and save the audio or video file directly via the download link.

  1. Tap on the direct link in the address bar
  2. Change the first part of URL in the address bar to rhttp:// (simply add an r at the beginning)
  3. Click Open this page in "Documents"
  4. Click Download
  5. Wait for the download to complete
  6. Click Save
  7. Find the file in your Downloads folder

Images (.jpg, .png & similar)

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

.zip / .rar & similar formats

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

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 on Google Search. You can also use this online tool to find out more about the file format you've received: https://fileinfo.com/


How to save downloads on Android devices

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.

.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 file 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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