Unlike Android, iOS devices don't have an integrated downloader. When you hit the download button on a music file in Safari, it doesn't automatically open in the Music app. Apple wants you to do it differently: stream using Apple Music, buy movies from iTunes, and so on. What if I want to download audio and video online? Or watch TV shows on your iPhone? There are a few ways to download music and videos to iPhone and iPad.
How to download music and videos to iPhone and iPad
If you want to download music and videos and easily open them on iPhone and iPad without using the integrated iOS apps, these are the alternative solutions that we recommend you to use. These apps circumvent the limitations placed by iOS to let you purchase music and videos from the integrated store.
Documents by Readdle
The best way to download music and videos from the Internet and play it on your iPhone or iPad using the app Documents by Readdle. an all-in-one app with integrated browser, downloader, file manager and media player.
If you want to avoid using the Music app and the Video app on the iPhone, Documents could be the best alternative.
Just visit the website in Docs and hit the download button. You can also decide where to save the file. Once downloaded, just tap it to play it. The documents reproduce most audio and video formats directly in the app. If you wish, you can also share it with an app like VLC (we will see below).
Documents also has an elegant way to transfer files from a PC or Mac. If you want to transfer videos from your PC or your friend's computer, make sure you are connected to the same network and go to docstransfer.com and scan the QR code. Now select the files and they will immediately be transferred to your iPhone or iPad! No need to install iTunes or connect a Lightning cable.
DOWNLOAD | Documents by Readdle (Free)
If you feel limited by iOS for managing music and videos, the app Shortcuts it will seem like a real salvation. the Apple user automation app for iOS. Using it you can do things that you simply cannot do using the apps downloaded from the App Store. It is possible to perform workflows and automate complex actions that are automatically performed one after the other.
Among the things you can do, also perform shortcuts created by the user. A shortcut called Video Downloader basically allows you to download videos from almost all major websites. It includes Facebook, YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, Twitter and so on.
DOWNLOAD | Video Shortcut Downloader
There is also a shortcut called YouTube Ripper. D the ability to download only audio from video files. In both shortcuts, all you need to do is open the video, share it, select Shortcuts and connect. Once the video or audio has been downloaded, you can choose where to save it (in iCloud Drive or Dropbox) or open it in an app such as VLC or Documents.
DOWNLOAD | YouTube Ripper
Although VLC does not have an integrated downloader, its WiFi Transfer and media server tools are quite good. Open the sidebar and touch the option Sharing via Wi-Fi to activate it. Then enter the address in the browser on your PC or Mac. Then select the files to be transferred and wait for them to be copied wirelessly.
If you are using a Plex server or a DLNA server, you don't need to transfer anything. Connect to the server and immediately start streaming from the server.
DOWNLOAD | VLC