Modify File Download Settings on Your Google Chromebook

Change where your files are stored

All files downloaded on your Chromebook are stored in the Downloads folder by default. While it's a convenient and aptly named location for such a task, many users prefer to save these files elsewhere—such as on their Google Drive or an external device. We walk you through the process of setting a new default download location on your Chromebook. We also show you how to instruct Chrome to prompt you for a location each and every time you initiate a file download.

This article is only intended for users running the Google Chrome operating system.

How to Modify File Download Settings on Your Chromebook

  1. Open Chrome.

    Chrome in ChromeOS
  2. Select More (the three vertical dots located on the top right side of the browser).

    The More menu in ChromeOS
  3. Select Settings.

    Settings in Chrome for ChromeOS
  4. On the left panel, expand Advanced.

    Advanced in Chrome settings
  5. Select Downloads.

    Downloads in Advanced settings in Chrome
  6. Next to Location, select Change.

    The Change button
  7. Choose the folder you want to save files to, then select Open.

    Choosing a folder to save downloads to in Google Chrome on a Chromebook.

In addition to changing the default download location, Chrome OS also allows you to toggle the Ask where to save each file before downloading setting on or off. When enabled, Chrome prompts you to select a new location each time you download a file.

The "Ask where to save" option in Chrome