Background of the problem
If you want to change the download location in Google Chrome and you have no knowledge of how to do that, then no need to worry this article is for you. Sometimes when we use the Chrome browser it is a common requirement of location change when the storage capacity exceeds the current download location. So in this article, you will be guided to change the download location in Google Chrome.
Google Chrome history
Google Chrome was first made available in 2008. In the beginning, it was available only for the Windows operating system. Google develops it as a cross-platform web browser using Mozilla Firefox and Apple Web Kit technologies. But later it was made available for Android, iOS, Linux, and macOS, now it operates as the default web browser for all these operating systems. The fundamental element of Chrome OS is the web browser which functions as the platform for web applications.
Google Chrome’s popularity
Chrome is the most popular browser on tablets and smartphones which has a 68% of the market share globally according to the estimations of Stat Counter. Also, Google Chrome has a combined market share of 65% on all the platforms available as of the second quarter of 2021. Because of this popularity, Chromes has extended its name to more products like Chromecast, Chromeboxes, Chromebit, Chromebooks, ChromeOS, etc.
Change the default download location of your downloaded files
In Google Chrome every file you choose to download when you are browsing through the web will download to the default download directory. In case you want to access the downloaded files using the Google Chrome web browser you need to go to the download directory. Also if you want to change the default download directory you need to follow these steps.
The time needed: 2 minutes
Please follow these steps
01. Launch Google chrome by clicking the desktop icon indicating the Google Chrome icon.
02. In the upper right corner, an icon will be indicated as three vertical dots. Click on it.
03. Then it will show a drop-down menu with several options to choose from. You need to click the settings option from those options to change the download directory.
04. Once you have clicked on it will take you to another window. In this window, you will see a list of options on the left side of the screen. There is an option called “Download” please click on it.
05. Now you will see an option to change the download directory on the right side of the screen. Please click on it to change the default download directory.
06. Location-choosing option will appear on the side. Then choose the location you need to download your files.
Change Google Chrome download location on Mac
The browser has the same UI/UX as Chrome on Windows and Mac. The steps involved in changing the download location of Chrome web browser on Mac are the same as before. The difference is now you have to choose the new directory using a finder menu instead of the file manager.
Changing the default download location
Step 1: Go to Google Chrome settings.
Step 2: Clicking the Advanced menu, choose Downloads.
Step 3: Click Change to access the Finder menu.
You have the option to choose a new file or the existing one in Finder. If Google Drive or OneDrive is linked with the finder, you can choose one folder on these cloud storage facilities and use it to sync downloaded files across all other platforms.
Change Google Chrome download location on Android phone
By default, the downloaded files will be saved to the phone’s internal storage. If you want, you can change the device location from the internal location to the external storage unit like a Micro SD storage facility if your phone has one inserted. Please follow these steps to do that,
Changing Google Chrome download location
Step 1: Tap the Google Chrome icon on your android phone.
Step 2: Tap on the three-dot menu at the top right corner of your screen.
Step 3: Tap the Downloads button.
Step 4: Then It will open the Downloads menu.
Step 5: Now tap on the Settings gear at the top.
Step 6: Then you can choose the new location you want to download the files as you wish.
And in case you don’t have a Micro SD card inserted into your phone, you cannot change the download directory from the internal storage capacity to another location. However, you can change the downloading folder inside the internal storage capacity.
Change Google Chrome download location on iPhone
iPhones doesn’t support Micro SD cards, but you can always change the directory to a built-in cloud storage facility.
Changing Google Chrome download settings on iPhone
Step 1: Tap and launch Google Chrome.
Step 2: Tap the media and then choose Open media in a new tab.
Step 3: Then at the bottom of the page, there is the option ‘Open in’.
Step 4: Then it will bring up the Share menu. Then scroll down to the Save to Files option.
How to change the Chromebook download location?
Go to the settings and click on it. A list of options will pop up. At the bottom of that list select the advanced option. Then there is an option to change the location of the default download location. You need to click on it and choose your desired location from the options.
How to change the Google Chrome download location programmatically?
First, go to the chrome web browser by clicking the icon on your desktop screen. Then in the top right corner, there is an icon indicated as three vertical dots. Please click on it and a list of options will appear once you click it. Then you need to select the option called settings and then a new window will open for you with a list of options on the left side of your screen. On that list, there is an option called downloads. Please click on it then in the middle of your screen a location-changing option will appear for your Google Chrome downloads.
How can you force Google Chrome to ask you where to save all your downloads?
You need to go to the chrome web browser by clicking the icon on your desktop screen. Then in the top right corner, there is an icon indicated as three vertical dots. Please click on it and a list of options will appear once you click it. Then you need to select the option called settings and then a new window will open for you with a list of options on the left side of your screen. On that list, there is an option called downloads. Please click on it then there is an option to enable this facility.
How do I use a free download manager in Chrome?
If you want to use the free download manager in Google Chrome, you just need to add our extension to your Chrome extensions. To do that you can download the extension from the Chrome web store or you can download it from another place and add it to the chrome extensions.