Change Download Location Chrome Mac

Jul 05, 2017 For example, the location of my “Work” profile in Windows 10 is actually C: Users Lori AppData Local Google Chrome User Data Profile 3. You can select the path and copy it and paste it into File Explorer in Windows, the Finder on OS X, or into a file manager like Nautilus in Linux to access that folder.

Do you download files to your computer and wonder where the heck they are saved?

  • 22 hours ago Follow these simple steps to change download location in Google Chrome. Launch Google Chrome on your Mac or Windows, whichever computer you are using. Click on the three dots in the top right.
  • Jun 23, 2020 How to Change Download Location in Chrome on Mac. Launch Chrome on your Mac. Next up, you have to click on Menu icon from the top right corner. Click on Settings. Click on Show advanced settings and then scroll down to the “Downloads” section.

Don’t worry, you’re not the first. In Chrome the default download location in Windows and Mac OS is the Downloads folder under the User’s profile.

However if you prefer to use another location like an external hard drive or another location on the computer you can modify this setting in Chrome by following the steps below.

How to Change the Download Location in Chrome

1. Click the Wrench icon on to the right of the address bar in Chrome and then click Preferences from the menu that appears.

2. When the Preferences tab opens click Under the Hood on the left pane.


When the Under the Hood page loads you will find a slew of options to help you customize how Chrome works.

In this guide we are only interested in changing the default location of the Downloads folder so scroll down the page until you locate a section titled Downloads.

In the Downloads section you will see a text box which contains the current Download location.

3. Click Change to modify the default download location.

4. A sheet will appear that allows you to navigate your computer to find the new location. Once you navigate to the location you wish to use as the default location, click Select and the new location will be set.

You can change the location at any time by following the steps above.

Also, if you want to set a different location each time you download something make sure to check Ask where to save each file before downloading in the Downloads section (see screenshot for Step 3 above).

Software/Hardware used: Chrome 14 Beta running on Mac OS X.

When using the Chrome or Safari browser to download files to your Mac, they by default go to the “Downloads” folder, which can be found in your user Home directory. However, due to disk space issues, or just by personal preference, you may wish to tell your browser to save your download files in another location. Here’s how.

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How to Change the Default Download Folder Location in Chrome

  1. Open the Chrome browser on your Mac and go to Chrome’s Settings, either by choosing “Preferences…” from the Chrome menu or by entering “chrome://settings/” in the address bar
  2. Scroll down until you see the “Show advanced settings…” link. Click the link
  3. Again, scroll down a bit until you see the “Downloads” section. Click on the “Change…” button found to the right of the “Download location:” field
  4. Select the new location you where you want Chrome to save downloaded files to by default
  5. Exit Settings by closing the tab, and return to using Chrome as normal

How to Change the Default Download Folder Location in Safari

Change Download Location Google Chrome

  1. Open the Safari browser on your Mac and go to Safari’s Settings by choosing “Preferences…” from the Safari menu
  2. Click the “General” tab in the Preferences window that appears. (It’s the first tab on the left)
  3. Look for the “File download location” option. Click the pull-down menu to the right of the option
  4. Now, you can either click “Ask for each download,” which means Safari will prompt you for a save location each time you download a file, or you can click the “Other…” option, which will open a file browser you can use to select a new location you where you want Safari to save downloaded files to by default. Click “Select” to set the new location.
  5. Close the Settings dialog by clicking the red “X” in the upper left-hand corner, and return to using Safari as normal

Now, whenever you download a file using either browser, the file will be downloaded by default to the drive and folder you selected. I use a directory I made on an external hard drive. This keeps my main hard drive from filling up with downloaded files.

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