How to Change Download Location Android

Joel Mason

Android, Tutorials

Changing the download location on your Android device can be a useful tweak to optimize your storage space and keep your files organized. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to change the download location on Android.

Step 1: Open Settings

To begin, unlock your Android device and locate the Settings app. This can usually be found in your app drawer or by swiping down from the top of your screen and tapping on the gear icon.

Step 2: Access Storage Settings

Once you are in the Settings menu, scroll down until you find the Storage or Storage & USB option. Tap on it to access further settings related to storage.

Step 3: Find Downloads

In the Storage settings menu, look for an option called ‘Downloads’. This is where you’ll find the settings related to changing your download location.

Step 4: Change Download Location

Tapping on ‘Downloads’ will take you to a new screen where you can see your current download location. By default, it is typically set to the internal storage of your device.

To change this, tap on the current download location and a list of available options will appear. These options may vary depending on your device manufacturer and any additional storage options such as an SD card that you have inserted into your device.

  • Internal Storage:This option represents the built-in storage of your device and is often labeled as ‘Internal’ or ‘Phone’.
  • SD Card:If you have an SD card inserted into your device, it will appear as an option. Tap on it to set your download location to the SD card.
  • Other External Storage:If you have any other external storage devices connected to your device, such as a USB OTG drive or a USB flash drive, they may also appear as options for your download location.

Select the desired location from the list by tapping on it. Once selected, your download location will be changed accordingly.

Step 5: Verifying the Change

To ensure that the change has been successfully applied, try downloading a file from any app or browser. The file should now be saved in the newly selected download location instead of the default internal storage.


If you choose an external storage option like an SD card or USB drive, make sure they are properly inserted and recognized by your device. Some devices may require you to format the external storage before it can be used for downloads.

Changing the download location on Android is a simple yet effective way to manage your files and optimize storage space. By following these steps, you can easily customize where your downloaded files are stored on your device.

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