Modify File Download Settings on Your Google Chromebook

How to change download setting on your Google Chromebook

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

By default, all files downloaded on your Chromebook are stored in the Downloads folder. While 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. In this tutorial, we walk you through the process of setting a new default download location. We also show you how to instruct Chrome to prompt you for a location each and every time you initiate a file download, should you so desire.

  1. Open Chrome.

    Chromebook desktop.
  2. Select the 3 vertical dots located on the top right side of the browser.

    Chrome browser in Chromebook.
  3. Select Settings.

    Settings menu in Google Chrome on a Chromebook.
  4. On the left panel, expand Advanced.

    Expanding the advanced setting in Chrome on a Chromebook.
  5. Select Downloads.

    Downloads settings for Google Chrome on a Chromebook.
  6. Next to Location, select Change.

    Download location settings in Google Chrome on a Chromebook.
  7. Select a folder to where you want to save and 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 following setting on or off.

  • Ask where to save each file before downloading: When enabled, Chrome will prompt you to select a new download location each time a file is downloaded through the browser.