Generally, when you download something on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge, it gets saved in the default Downloads folder of Windows.
This default Downloads folder actually takes space in your system drive.
So, if the files keep getting saved in the default Downloads folder, it will eventually hog up your system drive, which will slow the overall performance of the PC and can even make the Downloads folder stop responding.
That’s why, in this article I have discussed how to change download location in Chrome, Edge, and Firefox.
How To Change Download Location In Firefox?
Firefox is a robust browser with quite a bit of customizability options in its settings. By default, Firefox saves all your downloads in the default Downloads folder. To change download location in Firefox, follow the steps given below:
- Launch Firefox.
- Click on the 3 horizontal bar icon located on the upper right corner of the screen to open the menu.
- Select the Options button from the pop-up menu in Firefox. This will open the Firefox settings.
- Click on the gear-shaped icon in the left side of the screen.
- Scroll down and in the Files and Applications section, you will find the download settings.
Here you can either set a pre-destined download location or make Firefox ask each time where to save the downloaded file. Check the Save files to circle if you want to download it to a pre-destined location. Click on the Browse option to change the download location.
Navigate to one of the drives other than the system drive. Do not set the desktop as the download location as files on desktop also take space in the system drive. It is best to create a dedicated download folder for Firefox in one of the drives to better manage the downloads.
If you want to change the download location each time you download a file on Firefox, then check the Always ask where to save files circle.
Below the download settings, you will find the Applications section. Here you can decide how Firefox behaves with certain files you download on it. For example, you can set to open a PDF file on Firefox the moment you download it. To do it, click on the elements listed in Content-Type, like PDF, and in the Action section change it as you desire.
How To Change Download Location In Microsoft Edge?
Edge is one of the least memory using browsers among the three mentioned here. To change the download location in Microsoft Edge, follow the steps given below:
- Launch Edge.
- Click on the 3 dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Select the Settings option from the pop-up menu.
- On the left panel, click on the Downloads option. Here you will find the download settings.
By default, Edge saves the downloaded file in the default Downloads folder. You can change the default download path, or make Edge ask where to save each time you download on it.
If you want Edge to ask for the download location every time you download, then turn on the Ask where to save each file before downloading toggle.
To change the download location, click on Change, and navigate to the folder you want to save the downloaded files.
Also, check out how to disable hardware acceleration in Microsoft Edge.
How To Change Download Location In Chrome?
Google Chrome is the most popular internet browser in the current time. With its popularity, it is likely that you also conduct your online downloads through Chrome. So, how to change where downloads go in Chrome? In Chrome set download location using the following steps:
- Launch Google Chrome.
- Click on the 3 dot icon in the top right corner of the screen. This will open a menu.
- Select the Settings option from the menu.
- Scroll down until you reach the Advanced option and click on it. When you click on the Advanced option, it will unlock more editable settings of Chrome.
- Keep scrolling down until you reach the Downloads section.
If you want Chrome to ask the download location each time you download something, then turn on the Ask where to save each file before downloading toggle.
Otherwise, in Chrome set download location by clicking on the Change option. Navigate to the folder you want to save the downloads from Chrome and click on the Select Folder option.
Now, Chrome will always save the downloaded files in that folder, unless the location is changed in the future. This is how you can change download location in Chrome.
So, there you have it. Now you know how to change download location in Chrome, Edge, and Firefox. I have explained some of the other download options in these browsers. Particularly, Firefox can change the behavior for the downloaded file, whether to open certain files after download or not. If you have any other questions related to this article, ask them in the comment section below.