The web browser is the primary hub for all the users’ interactions each day and during this, a lot of downloads may be happening in your PC’s hard drive. If your hard drive has limited space on your PC or you think one of your drives is heaping up from downloads, then it means that you might want to change the drive location or it could be to any other particular folder. The Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browser that is used by millions of users and on custom installation it is installed in Windows boot drive, therefore its default download location is set in Windows 10 Downloads Folder, located inside the boot drive (C:\), which means if the primary boot drive heaps up your PC begins to act clumsily. To avoid stacking up the same drive with data and clumsiness of the PC, you have to change the Download settings of your Chrome browser. So, in this article, I will guide you on how to change Google Chrome Download settings.
Before you start to follow the guide there are some requirements that you should preserve. These requirements are listed below:
- Make sure you’re using the latest version of Google Chrome
- Make sure you have partitions created on your PC’s hard drive
Let’s start with the stepwise guide.
Step 1: Open Google Chrome Settings
Open up your Chrome browser and click on the overflow menu (three vertical dots) located on the top right corner of the browser as shown above. This will slide down a contextual menu with some options. Now from the menu, click on the Settings option as highlighted above.
Step 2: Enable Advanced Settings
When you’re directed to the Chrome Settings window, as shown above, scroll down to the end where you see the Advanced tab button as highlighted above. Simply click on the Advanced button to enable the Advanced Settings of Chrome browser.
Step 3: Change Download Location
After clicking on the Advanced button you will be enabled to modify more settings. Scroll down till you find the Downloads settings as shown above. In the Downloads settings, under Location, you can see the default destination of the folder where all the downloaded files are being stored. Against the location, you can a button named “Change”. Simply click on the “Change” button to choose a different location for your downloads as highlighted above.
After clicking on the “Change” button a dialog box will launch up from where you can select any of the drive or folder from the listed Paths as shown above.
From the Location dialog box simply scroll to find your preferred drive, like I have selected D:\ drive because it has enough space for me to cope. Now after selecting the drive you can specify or make a new folder by either clicking on the folder inside your drive or by clicking on the “Make New Folder” button as highlighted above to make a new folder in the drive. It is recommended to make a new folder.
Now give the folder the desired name as shown above.
After making a new folder, click to select it, after it becomes highlighted it means the particular folder is now selected to become your browsers Downloads destination. Now simply click on OK button as highlighted above.
After clicking OK, the location dialog box will close, bringing you back to the Advanced settings window. Now under Location option, you can see that Chrome downloads location has now been changed to the modified destination as shown above.
Step 4: Enable “Ask Location before Download” option
Google Chrome also provides you with an option where it asks you the location of the folder each time before you want to save a file.
In order to activate this option, simply go to the Advanced settings of Chrome settings. In Downloads settings, below Location, you can see a toggle button of “Ask where to save each file before downloading” as shown above. Simply click to enable the toggle button as highlighted above. Now you will be asked to choose the destination for your download whenever you download a file.
That’s it! Hope this article has helped you to know how to change Google Chrome Download Settings. If you have any confusion or experienced any difficulty following the instructions, please let us know in the comments section below.