Just recently, I tried to browse the net through my iPhone just for the sake of testing the WiFi connection of my neighbor; some websites really caught my attention because there were documents that were so important and I need to download them. Unfortunately, iPhone’s Safari browser does not allow downloads from any websites. Thus, I have to search Cydia to find apps which let me download files.
I have discovered two ways on how to download files directly to your iPhone;
- By using an app called aDownloader
- By installing a Safari Download Plugin
Out of curiosity, I tried to use both and it seems to me that they serve the same purpose in almost the same way.
aDownloader package will install its own browser which you can easily use to browse through the sites you want to download files from. You can save the downloaded files into your iPhone and open it anytime you want. And like other download managers which you may have been able to use in your desktop, you can simultaneously download multiple files; you can pause and resume the download process as well.
It supports the following file format: PDF, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx, mp3, m4a, wav, mpeg, 3gp, mov, flv, jpg, png, gif, bmp, txt, html, xml, RAR, Zip.
Step 1: Launch Cydia and key in “aDownloader” to locate the package. Once found, just install it so that you can use it immediately.
Step 2: Once installation is done, just tap on aDownloader icon to launch it. Don’t be surprised because aDownloader will serve as another browser on your iPhone.
Step 3: When visiting a site where you want to download, just tap on the download link and the process will then be started by the app.
To view the status of your download, click on the “Downloads” tab on the lower portion of your iPhone screen and you will be presented with related information about your current downloads.
Step 4: When the download is completed, you can view the downloaded document by clicking on “Documents” tab just beside “Downloads“.
Safari Download Plugin
The Safari download plugin simply add another plug-in to your existing browser to enable downloads. This plugin is written by hanchu and is made handy for the built-in browser of your iPhone.
The supported files are: zip, rar, gz, lzh, hqx, dmg, dat, exe, tar, torrent, pdf, wma, wmv, avi, dll, db, flv, ppt, pps, msi, asf, iso, img, bin, rtf, 3gp, ipsw, mp3, mp4, mpeg, mpg, swa.
The very first thing you will do is to add a new source where we can download the plugin from.
Step 1: Launch “Installer” from the Springboard and click on the “Sources” tab below.
Step 2: Tap on the “Edit” button, then the “Add” button to add new source.
Step 3: Now type in http://installer.iClarified.com in the field and tap on “OK” button. After which, tap the “Done” button to the upper right-hand corner of your iPhone screen.
Step 4: Tap on the “Install” tab to find and select the package from the source you just added. Select iClarified among the categories.
Step 5: You will be presented with different packages but the one that we are looking for is the Safari Download Plugin. Select and install it. There will be confirmation prompts; simply confirm your installation to continue.
Step 6: You need to reboot your iPhone to integrate the plug-in to the built-in Safari browser. Once your iPhone is up, you will be ready to download any supported files from any websites.
Step 7: Just launch your Safari and navigate through the websites you want to download files from. To download, just click on the download link(s).
Step 8: A window will then appear which contains two buttons: “Download” and “Change Filename” buttons. You’re good to go!
While this tutorial may not be new to you, I assure you that it will be helpful especially when you are fond of browsing the net using your iPhone. There are always time when you need to download something from the web and your iPhone is the only thing you have.