How to Find Files You Downloaded on Android

2 months ago

It can be frustrating to not be able to find your downloaded files. This can happen on Android devices, too, which have file systems like any other operating system. Here’s how to find downloaded files on Android.

Every Android device has some sort of File Manager app preinstalled. On Google Pixel phones, it’s simply called “Files.” Samsung Galaxy phones call it “My Files.”

You also have the option to install a different File Manager from the Google Play Store. One that we like is the “Files by Google” app. Beyond allowing you to view downloads, it has handy tools for freeing up storage space.

Downloaded files will be saved to the aptly named “Downloads” folder on your device. To begin, open the file manager on your Android phone or tablet. In this example, we’re using the Google Pixel’s “Files” app.

https://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/xfind-downloads-android-2.png.pagespeed.gp+jp+jw+pj+ws+js+rj+rp+rw+ri+cp+md.ic.nYoWRPTAAG.jpg

The next step is to locate the “Downloads” folder. Tap the hamburger menu icon in the top-left corner to open the side menu.

https://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/xfind-downloads-android-3.png.pagespeed.gp+jp+jw+pj+ws+js+rj+rp+rw+ri+cp+md.ic.5HW1hwtfdl.png

Select the “Downloads” option from the list.

https://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/xfind-downloads-android-4.png.pagespeed.gp+jp+jw+pj+ws+js+rj+rp+rw+ri+cp+md.ic.23yeX7MsaF.png

All of your downloaded files can be found in this folder.

The process is even easier if you’re using the “Files by Google” app. First, open the app on your Android device. Make sure you’re on the “Browse” tab.

https://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/xfind-downloads-android-5.png.pagespeed.gp+jp+jw+pj+ws+js+rj+rp+rw+ri+cp+md.ic.QVLjcGeK-Q.png

Tap the “Downloads” option and then you’ll see all of your downloaded documents and files.

https://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/xfind-downloads-android-1.png.pagespeed.gp+jp+jw+pj+ws+js+rj+rp+rw+ri+cp+md.ic.NsFw2dz-Ah.png

That’s it! In the vast majority of cases, anything you download from a web browser like Google Chrome will be saved to your Android phone’s or tablet’s “Downloads” folder.

Related Forums
Forum

Actress, Lena Waithe's wife, Alana Mayo files for divorce one year after tying the knot

1 week ago
Forum

Naya Rivera's ex, Ryan Dorsey files wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of son

1 week ago
Forum

Android How to Fix Black Screen on Android Phones

3 weeks ago
Forum

Trump campaign files suit to stop vote counting in Michigan

3 weeks ago