How to change your browser download location

Updated: 02/01/2021 by Computer Hope
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By default, when you download a file in your web browser, it is saved to your Downloads folder. However, you may prefer to save these files to a different location. For example, if you're only downloading images, you may want them to go directly to your "Pictures" folder.

To change where your browser saves downloaded files, follow the steps below for your web browser.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Follow these steps to change where Google Chrome saves your downloads.

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the Chrome menu icon icon in the upper-right corner.
  3. Click Settings.

Chrome settings selector

  1. In the menu on the left side of the window, expand the Advanced button menu.
  2. Click Downloads.

Downloads selector

  1. In the middle of the window, under Downloads, click the Change button next to Location.

Change button

  1. Navigate to the folder where you'd like to save future downloads, and click the Select folder button in Edge button.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox

Follow these steps to change where Firefox saves your downloads.

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Click the Firefox menu icon icon.
  3. Click Options.

Firefox options selector

  1. On the left side of the window, make sure the General tab is selected.

General selector

  1. In the middle section of the window, scroll down to the Files and Applications section, and click the Browse button.

Download location

  1. Navigate to the folder where you'd like to save future downloads, and click the Select folder button in Edge button.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge

Follow these steps to change where Microsoft Edge saves your downloads.

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the window, click the Microsoft Edge menu icon icon.
  3. Click Settings.

Settings selector in Edge

  1. On the left side of the window, under the Settings section, click the Downloads tab.

Download selector

  1. In the Downloads section, click the Change button to the right of Location.

Download location change button

  1. Navigate to the folder where you'd like to save future downloads, and click the Select folder button in Edge button.

Opera

Opera

Follow these steps to change where the Opera browser saves your downloads.

  1. Open Opera.
  2. Click the Opera menu icon icon in the upper-left corner.
  3. Click Settings.

Opera settings selector

  1. Click the Advanced button button.
  2. Select Browser from the expanded menu.

Browser selector in Opera

  1. Scroll down until you find the Downloads section. Click the Change button next to Location.

Change download location Opera

  1. Navigate to the folder where you'd like to save future downloads, and click the Select folder button in Edge button.

Safari

Safari

Follow these steps to change where Safari saves your downloads.

  1. Open Safari.
  2. In the menu bar, open the Safari menu menu, and choose Preferences.

Safari preferences menu item

  1. Under the General tab, open the File download location drop-down menu.

File download location drop-down menu

  1. Select Other from the drop-down menu.

Download other options

  1. Navigate to the folder where you'd like to save future downloads, and click Select button button.