How to Change Default Download Location on Windows 11

How to Change Default Download Location on Windows 11

Windows lets you divide and manage your storage easily. However, all your apps, documents, media, and other files are saved in a specific default download location. But if you’re running low on storage space, changing the default download location on Windows 11 can save you from the headache of moving or deleting files. In this post, we’ll share the steps to change the default download location on Windows 11 for various file types. Without further ado, let’s get right into it.

Change Default Download Location for Apps, Documents, and Media

By default, Windows 11 stores all downloads on the local drive. Over time, the primary storage may run out of space or you may want to store specific files in a different drive. Changing the default download location is a good idea. Here’s how you do it.

Step 1: Click the Start button, then click the Settings app icon (cog-shaped icon) to open the Settings app. Alternatively, press Windows key + I.

Step 2: On the System tab, select Storage.

How to Change Default Download Location on Windows 11

Step 3: Click the downward arrow next to ‘Advanced storage settings’ in the Storage management section.

How to Change Default Download Location on Windows 11

Step 4: Select ‘Where new content is saved.’

How to Change Default Download Location on Windows 11

Step 5: Find current download locations for your apps, documents, music, pictures, videos, and offline maps. To change the default download location for a file type, use the drop-down menu and select a different drive.

How to Change Default Download Location on Windows 11

Step 6: Lastly, apply changes.

How to Change Default Download Location on Windows 11

You can repeat the steps above to change the default download location for specific file types. Windows will create new folders in the selected drive as you make the changes. For example, if you change the default download location for Microsoft Store apps, Windows will create the Program Files and Windows Apps folder in your new drive.

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Note that you can assign different drives for file types, but you can’t specify a specific folder for them.

By default, Windows saves downloaded files in the Downloads folder. You can move the Downloads folder to another drive. Here’s how:

Step 1: Click the search icon on the Taskbar or press Windows key + S to open the Search menu. Type “file explorer” and select the first result.

How to Change Default Download Location on Windows 11

Alternatively, you can press the Windows key + E to quickly launch the File Explorer. Navigate to the drive or folder location where you want to save your downloads. Click on New in the top left corner and select Folder. Give your folder a name.

How to Change Default Download Location on Windows 11

Step 4: Navigate to This PC in the left pane. Right-click Downloads folder and select Properties.

How to Change Default Download Location on Windows 11

Step 5: In the Downloads Properties window, go to the Location tab and click Move.

How to Change Default Download Location on Windows 11

Step 6: Go to the new folder and select it.

How to Change Default Download Location on Windows 11

Step 7: Click Apply to save changes.

How to Change Default Download Location on Windows 11

When you move your existing files in the Downloads folder to the new location, a prompt will appear asking if you want to transfer them. Choose Yes and the transfer will begin, which may take a while depending on the folder size.

How to Change Default Download Location on Windows 11

You can move the Downloads folder back later by opening its properties and clicking on Restore Default under the Location tab before clicking Apply.

How to Change Default Download Location on Windows 11

Although we only discussed Windows 11, the same steps can be used on older versions of Windows to move the Downloads folder. Alternatively, you can also change the default download location for Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or any other browser by accessing its settings menu.

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Windows 11 provides a convenient way to change the default download location for different file types. This simplifies storage management and prevents the main drive from becoming cluttered with unnecessary files. Running low on storage? Check out our guide to clear cache files on Windows PC and reclaim valuable storage space.

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