How To Download PDF Files in Safari?

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Are you a Safari user who’s struggling to download PDF files? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Finding the right way to download PDFs from Safari can be challenging, but with a few simple steps, you can be downloading PDFs like a pro.

First, open the PDF file in Safari. Once it is loaded, hold down the “Option/Alt” key and hit the return (or refresh) button. This will cause the file to be downloaded instead of being opened in the browser window.

You can also save a webpage as a PDF using Safari. To do this, open up the page you want to save and tap on the share button at the bottom of your screen. Then tap on “Options” and choose “PDF” instead of automatic. Tap “Done” once you have made this selection and then select “Copy to PDF Expert” to save the entire webpage as a PDF.

By default, all files downloaded in Safari are saved in your downloads folder which is located in Finder, or by pressing Cmd+Option+L. However, if you would like to customize where your files are saved, you can easily do this by accessing your settings app and tapping on downloads under the Safari section.

Now that you know how to properly download PDF files from Safari, go ahead and give it a try! With these easy steps in hand, downloading PDFs has never been easier!

Downloading PDFs Directly From Safari

To download a PDF file directly from Safari, you’ll need to follow these steps:

1. Open the PDF in Safari.
2. Click on the URL bar at the top of Safari’s window, then hold down the OPTION / ALT key on your keyboard.
3. Hit return (or refresh the PDF on display) to start downloading the PDF file directly from Safari to your computer or device.
4. Depending on your settings, you may be prompted to save or open the file after it has finished downloading.
5. If needed, you can change your settings for how files are handled in Safari by goig to Preferences > General and adjusting the setting for “Open ‘safe’ files after downloading”.

Downloading a PDF from Safari iOS

To download a PDF from Safari on your iOS device, you first need to open the website containing the PDF file in Safari. Once you have located the PDF, tap on it to open it. You will then see a menu of options at the bottom of your screen. Tap the Share button and select Copy to PDF Expert from the list of options. This will save a copy of your PDF file directly to your device’s storage. You can then access and view the file whenever you like.

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Where Do PDFs Download in Safari Go?

PDF downloads in Safari go to your Downloads folder. To find this, open the Finder and click on Downloads from the sidebar or press Cmd + Option + L. Once you’re in the folder, you’ll see all of the PDF downloads that you’ve saved from Safari listed there. If you’d like to change where PDFs are saved, you can do so by opening Safari and clicking on Preferences in the top menu bar. From there, select General and then select File Downloads to choose a different folder as your default download location for PDFs.

Where Do PDFs Download From Safari Go on an iPhone?

By default, PDF downloads from Safari on iPhone have been stored in the “Downloads” section of the Files app. To customize the storage location, launch the Settings app, select the Safari section, and tap Downloads. From here you can change where your PDF downloads are saved, such as iCloud Drive or another third-party cloud storage provider.

Troubleshooting Safari’s Inability to Download Files on iPhone

Safari on iPhone is designed to open files in the browser instead of downloading them. This means that it can only open certain types of files that can be viewed in the browser, such as web pages and images. If a file is not supported by iOS or is too large, Safari will not be able to download it. Additionally, some websites may not allow downloads from a mobile device, which would prevent Safari from downloading the file.

Troubleshooting Safari’s Download Issues

Safari not downloading files could be caused by a variety of issues. It could be that your internet connection is weak or experiencing an interruption, the website you are attempting to download from may be having technical difficulties, or your Safari browser may have an outdated cache. To ensure that you are able to download files as expected, it is important to check all of these potential issues. If your internet connection is strong and the website you are attempting to download from is functioning normally, then it would be worth clearing the Safari cache on your Mac. This can be done by clicking Safari in the menu bar and selecting Preferences, then switching to the Advanced tab.

Downloading a PDF on an iPhone

Downloading a PDF on your iPhone is easy and straightforward. First, find the PDF you wish to download. If you’re accessing a webpage or other online source, tap the link for the PDF file to begin the download. Once it has finished downloading, open the PDF by tapping its icon. You can also use apps such as Dropbox or Google Drive to access saved PDFs.

Next, share your file by tapping the Share button at the bottom of your screen. Here you’ll be able to save it directly to your device or export it to an app such as Books, Notes, or another desired location.

Once exported, locate your PDF on your iPhone and enjoy!

Saving a PDF in Safari iOS 15

To save a PDF in Safari iOS 15, first, open the page you would like to save and tap the Share icon at the bottom of the page. Select Options from the top section of the window. Here, select PDF and then Done. After selecting Done, your PDF will be saved to your device.

Downloading Files as PDFs on an iPhone

To download something as a PDF on your iPhone, you will first need to open the document in your web browser. Then, select the export icon at the top of the page and choose Copy to Books. This will save a copy of the PDF document in your Books app. If you are downloading a PDF via an email, open the email and select the file attachment. Then, open the PDF and select the Export icon followed by Copy to Books. Your document will now be saved as a PDF in your Books app and can be accessed whenever you need it.

Finding Downloads on Safari for iPhone

To locate your downloads in Safari on an iPhone, first, open the Safari app. Then, tap the Bookmarks icon at the bottom of the screen. Next, tap the “View Downloads” option to see a list of all files you’ve downloaded. Tap any file to open it or press and hold to select multiple files for further actions such as sharing, deleting, or copying.


In conclusion, downloading PDFs from Safari is a relatively simple process. By simply opening the desired PDF in Safari and holding down the OPTION/ALT key, you can easily download the PDF to your computer or device. You can also save webpages as PDFs in Safari by using the share options and selecting Copy to PDF Expert. Finally, all downloaded files from Safari are stored in the Downloads folder inside Finder on Mac computers, while you can customize the storage location on iOS devices.

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Sanjeev Singh

Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.