How to Change the Default Download Location in Popular Browsers

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Have you ever downloaded a file but didn’t know where your computer stored it? Or did you have to endlessly scroll through your browser history to be able to redownload the file?

To prevent this from happening again, you need to change your browser’s default download location. In this article, we’ll show you how you can do this for the most popular browsers.


How to Change Google Chrome’s Default Download Location

We’ll start with Chrome, as it’s one of the most popular browsers, so chances are it’s your default browser.

By default, Chrome saves everything you download online to your Downloads case. But if you need faster access to files, you can change the default location.

  1. In the upper right corner, click the three points menu and select Settings.
  2. Go to Downloads.
  3. Click it To change and select a new download destination.

If you want Google Chrome to ask you where it should download the file each time, select the Ask where to save each file before downloading option.

How to Change Mozilla Firefox’s Default Download Location

If Firefox is your default browser, here’s how to change the default download location:

  1. Open the browser menu and click Settings.
  2. In the left pane, select General and scroll to Files and apps.
  3. Click on Browse close to Save files to and select where Firefox should download your files.

If you want to specify the download location each time, select Always asks you where to save files. If you need more help managing your downloads, you can try a few download manager add-ons.

How to Change Microsoft Edge’s Default Download Location

Microsoft Edge has come a long way and offers its users plenty of reasons to set it as their default browser, including a feature that lets you share files and notes between your mobile and desktop devices.

If you want to keep a close eye on your downloads, follow these steps to change the default location:

  1. Move towards edge://parameters.
  2. From the left menu, select Downloads.
  3. Click it To change and select a new download location.

As you can see, Edge has more settings you need to enable to better manage your downloaded files.

How to Change Brave Browser Default Download Location

Brave has quickly gained popularity due to its mission to protect your privacy by blocking all privacy-invading ads and trackers. So, if you want to use it permanently, you need to change its settings related to downloads.

  1. Go to brave://parameters.
  2. Scroll down in the left menu and select Downloads.
  3. Click on To change and set a new download location.

You can also decide where to save the file each time by enabling the Ask where to save each file before downloading option. If you want to check your downloaded files, click Downloads from the browser ribbon.

How to Change Safari’s Default Download Location

If you have an Apple device, chances are your default browser is Safari. If you want to change the browser’s default download location, follow the steps below:

  1. In the menu bar, click Safari.
  2. Go to Preferences > General.
  3. Open the drop-down menu next to File download location.
  4. Click on Other and set a new location. Additionally, you can set the download location for each file using the Ask for each download option.

How to Change Opera’s Default Download Location

If you’re running out of space on your main drive, you can change Opera’s download location to avoid any future issues. Here’s how:

  1. Click it Settings icon.
  2. Scroll down and open the Advanced menu.
  3. Head toward Downloads and click To change.
  4. Select a new download location.


How to Change Vivaldi’s Default Download Location

Many people prefer Vivaldi over other Chrome alternatives because it is one of the fastest browsers available. If you want to improve its productivity, you should change the default download location.

  1. Click on Settings from the lower left corner.
  2. Select Downloads.
  3. Click on Select Folder of Download location and navigate to the new location.

If you want to speed up the download process while using Vivaldi, select the Save files in default location without asking option.

Easily change your browser’s download location

Now you know where you can find each file you downloaded using your browser. Most of the mentioned browsers have enough built-in features to help you track your files, but you can always install a browser add-on to manage your browser downloads.

Before clicking on a suspicious link to download a file, you should check if it is safe, in order to protect yourself against ransomware.

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