How to download MP3 or Video from Safari on iPhone

If you ever opened a song, an audio file, or a video in Safari, you know it’s not quite possible to save these files to iPhone directly. You cannot just right-click and choose “Save as…” like on a PC, or you cannot simply choose to save the files like on an Android device.

Well, the process for iOS may not be quite obvious, but you can still download mp3, video or any file type from the Web to your iPhone & iPad by using third-party apps.

In this article, I will show you how to save mp3 files, videos from Safari on iPhone with an additional app. If you want to transfer music from your PC to your iPhone or look for a method to put music on it, please refer to this article.

How to download MP3, Video from Safari on iPhone

Safari doesn’t allow us to save directly media files but there are some third-party apps you can use to make downloading files from Safari possible. Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Download and install the Documents app from the App Store (free). It’s a popular file manager and downloader for iOS devices.

Step 2: Open the mp3 file, or the video you wish to download in Safari.

Step 3: When the mp3 file or video is loaded and you can play it in Safari, tap on the address bar and add “r” at the beginning of the URL. For example, if the URL is “https://example.com/file.mp3”, change it to “rhttps://example.com/file.mp3″. Then tap Go.

Edit the url to download the file

Step 4: You will be prompted to open the page in Documents. Tap Open.

Step 5: The file will be automatically opened in the downloader of Documents. You can rename the file, change the location before downloading. Then tap Done to start downloading the file.

Step 6: When the file is downloaded to your iPhone, the app will notify you. Go to the selected folder to find your downloaded files. Note that the file is stored in the Documents app’s data storage. You can then send it to other apps by using the “Open In” feature.

If you don’t have a direct link to the file, you can use the built-in web browser of Documents in the first place, instead of using Safari.

Just open the Documents app, tap on the compass icon located in the bottom-right corner. Now you’re in the built-in web browser, go to the page that allows you to download the file, then you can simply download it.

That’s how you can manage to download files that are impossible to save directly from Safari. If you have any questions regarding this issue, let me know in the comment section and I’ll be there to help 🙂

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Cooper Hill
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Cooper Hill

Thank you!!!! I have spent the last 3 days trying to sync some meditative audio I downloaded on my pc to my iPhone. I never figured it out and was very frustrated. I followed ur instructions which worked perfectly…… bam! The files r downloaded to my iPhone. Thank u so much! This is the type of thing that makes the internet such a useful tool.

Spencer Rodrigues
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Spencer Rodrigues

Thanks for the tip. However I could not find the ‘Open in’ feature. Where can I find that. I would like to open the mp3 in Music app.

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Unfortunately, you can only put songs into the Music app by using iTunes or via Apple Music.

Elise
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Elise

How can I use the open in feature??

The Best Admin
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You need an app that can open MP3 or Video files.

Mazarine
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Mazarine

Documents app offers these choices; “Web Archive,” “HTML” or “PDF” options to “Save As…” and by default appended the Name with “.mp3” as file type, but I’m trying to download a YouTube video which isn’t.mp3, I think they’re.mp4.

Should I change file type suffix to.mp4? What selection do I make for “Save As…?”

Thanks in advance.

The Best Admin
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If you want to download Youtube videos, you need to use a “youtube downloader website”. Use Documents’ web browser, googling for these tools, copy and paste Youtube link into it, you’re good to go 😉

Archie F
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Archie F

I typed in the r at the beginning of the web address and it said the page was invalid?

The Best Admin
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Then the url was not a direct link to the file.

Sveta
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Sveta

Thank you! It works 🙂

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Glad it helps 😀

John Terry
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John Terry

I don’t know how to download the file from the built in browser.

The Best Admin
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Just use it as a web browser to open the file.

Adalid
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Adalid

I tried this and it really helped, although they only saved on the app and not to my Photos. How can I download them to my Photos on iPhone? I followed the steps but they only downloaded on the app): Please help

Eddieson Navarro
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Why “The Document App” Can’t Download in IPhone 4s???

Michele
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Michele

How do I make a mp3 file a ringtone without using pc or GarageBand?

The Best Admin
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I’m sorry but you cannot at the moment

Tricia
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Tricia

How do I add my mp3 to an alarm on my iPhone?

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You need to use iTunes on a PC to create the alarm tune, then sync it to your iPhone.

💜Capt. Nyan Soe Lwin
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💜Capt. Nyan Soe Lwin

thanks alot coz your article is so much helpul