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How to Change Chrome Default Download Folder Location

Well, like most people if you use Google Chrome, then you might have noticed that by default, Chrome always downloads files to the %UserProfile%\Downloads (C:\Users\Your_Username\Downloads) folder for your account. The problem with the default download location is that it is located inside C: drive, and if you have Windows installed on SSD then the Chrome downloads folder can occupy pretty much all the space.

How to Change Chrome Default Download Folder Location

Even if you don’t have SSD, storing your files and folders on the drive where Windows is installed is pretty dangerous because if your system ends up in some critical failure, then you need to format the C: drive (or the drive where Windows is installed) which would mean that you would also lose all your files and folders on that particular partition.

An easy solution to this problem is to relocate or change the Chrome default download folder location, which can be done under Google Chrome browser settings. You can choose a location on your PC where the downloads should be saved instead of the default download folder. Anyway, let’s see How to Change Chrome Default Download Folder Location with the help of the below-listed tutorial without wasting any time.

How to Change Chrome Default Download Folder Location

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

1. Open Google Chrome then click on the More button (three vertical dots) on the top-right corner of the screen and click on Settings.

Click on More button then click on Settings in Chrome | How to Change Chrome Default Download Folder Location

Note: You could also directly navigate to settings in Chrome by entering the following in the address bar: chrome://settings

2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page then click on “Advanced” link.

Scroll down then click on the Advanced link at the bottom of the page

3. Navigate to the “Downloads” section then click on the “Change” button located next to the default location of the current downloads folder.

Navigate to the Downloads section then click on the Change button

4. Browse to and select the folder (or create a new folder) you want to be the default download location of Chrome downloads.

Browse to & select the folder you want to be the default download folder for Chrome

Note: Make sure you select or create a new folder on the partition other than the C: Drive (or where the Windows is installed).

5. Click OK to set the above folder as the default download location in Google Chrome browser.

6. Under the download section, you could also make Chrome ask where to save each file before downloading. Just turn on the toggle under “Ask where to save each file before downloading” to enable the above option but if you don’t want it, turn off the toggle.

Enable the toggle for Ask where to save each file before downloading: Chrome will instantly download the file to your default download folder location.
Disable the toggle for Ask where to save each file before downloading: Chrome will open the Save as dialog box, from where you can navigate to any other location where you want to save the file.

Make Chrome to ask where to save each file before downloading | How to Change Chrome Default Download Folder Location

7. Once finished close Settings and then closed Chrome.

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That’s it you have successfully learned How to Change Chrome Default Download Folder Location but if you still have any questions regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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