Change Chrome’s Default Download Location (5+1 STEPS)

How to Change Chrome Default Download Location

By default, Chrome download folder located on the special menu named “Downloads” that appears on the left sidebar of Windows Explorer. Its parent location is a Local Disk (C:) drive which mainly behaves as a central storage location of Windows thus consumes more space than others.

For people that often download files from the internet using Google Chrome, it would be wise if you change Chrome default download location onto another drive partition – allowing C: drive to reserve enough space for the system.

To change Chrome’s default download directory, please follow the instructions below.

Change Chrome Default Download Location

1. Run Google Chrome on your device, click the menu button, symbolized by three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the window.

2. Then, select Settings or you can go through shortcut chrome://settings/ on the address bar.

How to Change Chrome Default Download Location

3. At the bottom of the Settings page, click the Advanced button.

How to Change Chrome Default Download Location

4. Scroll down until you reach the Downloads section. Click Change to browse substitution folder location.

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How to Change Chrome Default Download Location

5. Select the desired location and click OK to confirm.

How to Change Chrome Default Download Location

6. Close the Settings page after finished (CTRL+W).

How to Change Chrome Default Download Location

…and now every file that is going download will be shipped to the folder you’ve selected before.

Note: Screenshots used for this article based on the Google Chrome 66 version. The same approach may still feasible for at least Chrome 59 or later. Updating Chrome version is highly recommended!

Also, you can have Chrome ask you every time the download process going to start. To activate this feature, go to Settings, open Advanced, scroll down into Downloads section, and enable Ask where to save each file before downloading.

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