Google Chrome: Change the Default Download Location

If you want to change where Chrome deposits downloaded files on your computer, you can change the default location or even have Chrome ask you where to save each file before it is downloaded.

1. Open Google Chrome.

2. Click the wrench icon in the upper-right corner of the toolbar and select Options.

3. Go to the Under the Hood tab. In the Download location section, click the Browse button and locate the desired download directory. If you want to have more control over where each file is downloaded to, check the Ask where to save each file before downloading checkbox.

4. Click the Close button.


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51 Responses to “Google Chrome: Change the Default Download Location”

  1. January 10, 2009 at 4:24 am, kyrie44 said:

    Is there anyway to save specific types of files to specific places?
    save pictures to pictures folder
    save videos to videos folder



  2. October 03, 2009 at 6:11 am, Anonymous said:

    You can choose a different default download location or select a specific location for each download. Follow these steps:

    Click the wrench menu .
    Select Options.
    Click the Under the Hood tab.
    To change the default download location, click Browse in the Downloads section and select where you’d like your files to be saved.
    If you’d rather choose a specific location for each download, select the ‘Ask where to save each file before downloading’ checkbox.
    Click Close .


  3. December 04, 2009 at 9:48 pm, Anonymous said:

    I am running Chrome 3.0 and this option has been moved to the ‘Advanced’ tab (under ‘Options’. There you have to scroll down a bit.


  4. December 09, 2009 at 8:01 am, Anonymous said:

    I have the lastest chrome version and didnt see “minor tweeks” tab … and i searched everywhere in the option panel and have nothing related to download folder.


    • May 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm, massalha's little helper said:

      Go to “Under The Hood” and it’s under the Downloads section.


      • June 03, 2010 at 4:00 am, Bob said:

        There is no Downloads section under Options in my version of Chrome (5.0.375.55)
        Any other ideas where I can change default download location? Thanks.


        • June 05, 2010 at 5:35 pm, GAME V said:

          goto options >under the bonnet>click the scroll bar >change the location,,simple as that


        • August 06, 2010 at 2:05 pm, Shereeda said:

          u have to use the scroll bar in the Under the Hood section.. i totally missed the bar toooo


          • August 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm, esclave said:

            lol I totally missed it too D:

        • December 03, 2010 at 3:48 am, 64541q4064 said:

          see a scroll bar a the right side? scroll down and you can file it.


  5. December 09, 2009 at 8:04 am, Anonymous said:

    Chrome keep crashing in my website and it seems as if it want to download something and then crash…. its a joke in my jokes website!
    I dont use anything upnormal and dont have viruses…


  6. January 06, 2010 at 3:41 am, jeffrey said:

    Hi in my google crome step 3 dose not say MINOR TWEAKS. It is as follows
    (BASICS THEN PERSONAL STUFF AND UNDER THE HOOD) You go to UNDER THE HOOD and click on It and scroll down and you will find DOWNLOAD LOCATION.Hope this helps. Jeff


    • June 21, 2010 at 10:51 am, Lover_mustang45 said:

      thxxx it workd :)


    • June 28, 2010 at 2:05 am, kk said:

      Thank you! Feel dumb that I didn’t see scroll bar, but looked for it for 2 weeks….


      • July 02, 2010 at 4:04 pm, rinehapa said:

        Wow. Totally missed it myself. Must be the color theme or the fact that the other tabs don’t have scroll bars that makes us overlook the scroll bar. Thank you for your comment or I wouldn’t have found the scroll bar in the “Under the Hood” tab myself.


        • July 15, 2010 at 11:37 pm, Gcmnepal said:

          Thanks. I went through the same problem. Indeed I also missed the scroll down and was very frustrated until I read your comment. Thanks


          • August 30, 2010 at 10:47 pm, Dylan said:

            It doesn’t appear till you click on the tab contents, that is not be best design practice for something like this. It took me forever to figure it out too,

      • August 06, 2010 at 2:04 pm, Shereeda said:

        LMAO!!! i missed it completely toooo

        *slaps forehead*


  7. April 22, 2010 at 9:46 pm, Anonymous said:



    • May 07, 2010 at 10:35 pm, Valentina said:

      I really didn’t see you can scrol down in UNDER THE HOOD, thanks for mentioning, i must be tired .


      • May 18, 2010 at 11:44 pm, Anonymous said:

        whew! thank valentina… I was about to remove Google Chrome from my computer…


        • May 18, 2010 at 11:51 pm, Valentina said:

          thank jeffrey, he said it first, i just repeated :D :D:D i’m having trouble with the shockwave player crashing all the time, or asking for my permision to crash .


          • May 19, 2010 at 1:35 am, Anonymous said:

            It’s probably a browser corruption issue. Which antivirus do you use?

  8. May 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm, galdarn said:

    There is no Minor Tweaks tab.
    Win7 business 64 bit.
    Downloads is not listed on the “Under the Hood ” tab either.


  9. June 08, 2010 at 10:04 pm, Cris said:

    My chrome (new one; just installed 2 minutes ago; it’s June 8, 2010, 3:30 PM) does not have MINOR TWEAKS tab. Instead, it has the “Personal Stuff” tab. And no where in any of the OPTIONS tabs is there a selection for changing the DOWNLOAD LOCATION. I need help. How do I specify download location with Chrome and why is my version of chrome different than this?


    • June 10, 2010 at 4:02 am, Maninthebox said:

      Go to “Under the Hood” you would find the download location box there :)


      • August 04, 2010 at 6:52 pm, Michaelxng said:

        New chrome 5 doesn’t have the download destination option, instead it is in Usernamedownload. Can’t customize. Google staffs, you should let us organize our own folder instead of forcing us accept your choice!!!!


    • July 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm, Johnboyde33 said:

      theres a scroll bar off to the right just go to under the hood and scroll down


  10. June 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm, Tamilisa said:

    I do not have the “Minor Tweaks” tab. Then what?


    • June 20, 2010 at 10:16 am, Poopface said:

      why do you guys keep asking the same question when it’s been answered multiple times in the same thread? Jesus


  11. July 08, 2010 at 1:12 pm, Axn_5 said:

    v. good tutorial only one go and issue resolved


  12. July 22, 2010 at 9:15 pm, Liz Q said:

    Heya, that option doesnt exist on my chrome – latest version on linux


    • July 22, 2010 at 9:19 pm, Liz Q said:

      I take that back, turns out it can scroll and i hadnt noticed :D


  13. July 25, 2010 at 3:56 pm, parodypertiki said:

    omg, i looked the advanced option button for ages. and didnt see the scroll bar. i must be blind.


  14. August 19, 2010 at 7:23 am, Yudha Erlangga S. said:

    Help me a lot! :D


  15. August 29, 2010 at 12:12 pm, Asdqwe said:

    this doesn’t work any more settings have been changed…


  16. September 15, 2010 at 4:54 pm, Frank said:

    This is missing in version 6.


    • September 15, 2010 at 4:56 pm, Frank said:

      My error, didn’t see it was in a scrollbox. I M N IDIOT.


  17. October 06, 2010 at 8:32 am, Kidjef said:

    missed the scroll bar too! thanks!!!


  18. November 08, 2010 at 8:51 am, elfsun said:

    I’ve tried Google Chrome four times and am ready to remove it again. It crashes and simply isn’t stable enough for me. I’ll stick with Avant and IE8.


  19. November 19, 2010 at 8:22 am, Jaberber said:

    thanks great help


  20. December 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm, Pedro said:



  21. January 26, 2011 at 7:43 pm, Craig Kendall said:

    This is poor UI on Chrome’s part. I had looked at the Options > Under the Hood page, but didn’t notice it was a page that scrolled… thanks for the tip, I scrolled, I conquered!


  22. March 19, 2011 at 4:00 am, Jawwadmehdi said:

    chrome://settings/browser If u don’t have the option,so u can direct click on this link


  23. May 14, 2012 at 12:26 am, TOTA said:

    عايزة اعمل البرنامج دة


  24. May 31, 2012 at 1:22 pm, JAISINGH said:



  25. December 02, 2012 at 9:40 pm, Peter L said:

    In Mozilla Firefox browser I can “view” a document in Google Drive (and then save to Drive in the cloud); or “download” and save to computer folder.
    How do I do this in Google Chrome please; it is not available as an option in settings.


  26. October 16, 2013 at 8:21 am, M said:

    Is it possible to change the download settings in mobile chrome?


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