How to Change Google Chrome Default Download Location


By default Google Chrome stores your downloads in your computer’s Downloads folder. While this is convenient, you may prefer that files you download through Google Chrome get stored somewhere else. Thankfully, if you need to, it’s possible to change your Google Chrome download location.

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Steps to Change Google Chrome Default Download Location

  1. Launch Google Chrome on your computer.
  2. Click the vertical ellipses icon at the top of this screen to open a menu, and then click “Settings” in this menu.

  1. Scroll down the menu on the left side of the screen, and then click “Downloads.” Downloads options are shown on the right side of the screen.

  1. Click “Change” in the Location section.

  1. Navigate to the new folder you want to use as the default location where downloads from Google Chrome will be saved, and then click “Select Folder.” The Location window will closes. Going forward all of your Google Chrome downloads will be saved to your new location.

Reasons to Change Your Default Google Chrome Download Location

There are a few good reasons you may want to change your default download location in Google Chrome:

  1. Saving Space on a Limited System Drive: If you have limited space on your system drive, changing your Chrome download location to another drive can help free up space. By saving your downloads to a different location, you won’t have to worry about your system slowing down or running out of space.
  2. Organizing Downloads in a Specific Folder: By changing your Chrome download location, you can easily organize your downloads in a specific folder. This makes it easier to locate your files when you need them, and helps keep your computer clutter-free.
  3. Setting a Different Download Location for Specific Types of Files: With the ability to change your Chrome download location, you can choose to save different types of files in different locations. For example, you may want to save all your music files in one location and all your documents in another.
  4. Avoiding Downloads Being Automatically Deleted: Sometimes, system clean-up tools can automatically delete your downloads. By changing your Chrome download location, you can avoid this problem and ensure that your files remain safe and accessible.
  5. Storing Downloads on a Faster Drive: If you have a faster drive, such as an SSD, you may want to store your downloads on it for quicker access. This can greatly improve the speed and efficiency of your system, especially when dealing with large files.
  6. Allowing Multiple Users to Access the Same Downloads: By changing your Chrome download location to a shared location, multiple users can access the same downloads from different devices. This can be especially useful for families or work groups that share the same computer.
  7. Keeping Sensitive or Confidential Downloads Separate: If you download sensitive or confidential files, it’s important to keep them separate from your other downloads. By changing your Chrome download location, you can ensure that these files are stored in a secure location and are not accidentally shared with others.

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