Change your Default Downloads Folder Location in Google Chrome

When you download something from the internet, you want know where the files goes, because it is frustrating when you cannot find your Google chrome downloads.

Therefore it is sometimes better to change your default downloads folder location. In this article we will base this tutorial on Google Chrome.

Have you tried Google Chrome as an alternative to Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox while browsing the Internet?  If not, you should give this browser a whirl.  Not only is it faster…it definitely provides a more secure Internet browser session.  In today’s world of cyber security threats, being more secure is a great reason to begin using the Google Chrome browser.  This is based on my past research.

Ok…so enough about security in this post.

Change the default download location on my computer to a different location within Google Chrome?

You say, I don’t want the default location of c:users/username/downloads.  I want to use a location that is easier to remember.  There is a very simple answer.  Please check out the following:

1.  Open Google Chrome

2.  Click on the Wrench icon in the top right hand corner

3.  Click on Options

4.  Click on Under The Hood on the left hand side

5.  In the Downloads section in the middle, click on Browse

6.  You can now navigate to the folder you would like to use for downloads.  If there is not a folder name that you like, just click New Folder and create one.  Once you have highlighted the folder you want to use for Downloads, simply click OK.

7.  Now that you have chosen the new downloads folder, close the window and the options will be saved.

That’s it.  Hope this helps you solve this mystery.

Happy Computing!

Which browser do feel is more secure?  I would love to hear what think.  Feel free to leave me a comment below. Would you like to change your default downloads folder location in Google Chrome so you can be in control of where your downloaded files are going?

Comments

  1. Scott says

    Duy,

    I like Firefox as well, but the more I use Chrome…the more I like it. As far as security goes, Chrome has been proven more secure.

    Thank you SO much for commenting my friend.

    Scott

  2. Scott says

    Janis,

    Thank you so much for the kind words. That means a great deal!

    I do love Chrome. The more I use it the better I like it. When shopping online, I use an IronKey USB device that has Firefox built in to for security purposes. Here is a link to it on Amazon http://tinyurl.com/87lkn4t
    …. it provides a secure tunnel to the net.

    If not using that, then Chrome is definitely the most secure.

    P.S. I used to live in Orlando and my daughter was good friends with a girl with last name Gagliardi. :)

  3. says

    I am glad for this tutorial it has been very useful to me. I always wanted to change my default location thank you very much since you have really helped me .

    Thank you very much!

  4. says

    It’s funny that I always had problems with setting the downloads folder location and now it seems so easy. It’s really easy, hehe. Thanks for sharing!

    • Scott says

      Diana,

      Sooo glad I could help :) That is what makes blogging so great for me! Have a wonderful week!

      Scott

  5. Scott says

    Michael,

    I am glad this was useful to you.

    I always seem to change my default location as well.

    Have a great week!
    Scott

  6. Jane says

    I use both firefox and chrome. In terms of speed, Chrome beats firefox. I always like to organize the files while I am downloading them. I therefore selected the option “ask where to save each file before download”. Check out the new cool chrome extensions in the webstore.

    • says

      Hi jane
      I am thinking of leaving Firefox now as google chrome now has all the addons too. Firefox seems to be very slow, compared to chrome.

      • Scott says

        Jane and Mitz,

        I am with you…Chrome is awesome and fast. I have definitely been converted to this browswer.
        :)
        Scott

  7. Mika Castro says

    This is very useful and informative. From now on, i will be able to see my saved files in just one content and whenever someone send me an e-mail with a download, up pops a message saying my browser can’t download it.

    • Scott says

      So glad it helped you! Let me know if there are any other topics you would like to see.

      Have a fantastic week!

      Scott

  8. Scott says

    Steve,

    1. Right click on the DAP icon in the taskbar to the left of the clock
    2. Click on Options
    3. Click on the General Tab on the left when the Options Dialog box appears
    4. Near the bottom of the screen, you will find the Default Download Folder box
    5. Click the Browse button
    6. Choose your new folder

    Hope this helps! Thanks again for your comment! Have a great week!

    Scott

  9. Scott says

    Steve,
    I will definitely write a post about that.:) I am not at a computer at the moment but will get back with you bud.

    Thanks for the kind words as well. Have a great day!

    Scott

  10. Steve says

    Hi!

    Thanks for the useful article Scott. All my chrome downloads used to go in a different folder than where I intended them to. One more thing I wanted to ask you is do you how to change the settings if we want to change the folder to which the files downloaded through DAP (Download Accelerator Plus) end up in? Please help me as the files does not show save as option when downloading.

    ps: DAP is installed in Mozilla

    Thanks,
    Steve

    • says

      1. Right click on the DAP icon in the taskbar to the left of the clock
      2. Click on Options
      3. Click on the General Tab on the left when the Options Dialog box appears
      4. Near the bottom of the screen, you will find the Default Download Folder box
      5. Click the Browse button
      6. Choose your new folder

      Hope this helps! Thanks again for your comment! Have a great week!