Download a file on Chrome

Depending on whether you’re using Chrome on a mobile device or a desktop, there are different ways to find and view your downloaded files.

On computers

Open a downloaded file

  1. When you download a file, you’ll see it at the bottom of your Chrome screen.
  2. To open the file, just click the file name after it’s finished downloading.

Pause or cancel a download

  1. In the bottom of your screen, find the downloading file you want to pause or cancel.
  2. Next to the file name at the bottom of your screen, click the arrow Download arrow for computers .
  3. Click Pause, Resume, or Cancel.

Find a file on your computer

To see where the file is located on your computer:

  1. Next to the file name at the bottom of the screen, click the arrow Download arrow for computers .
  2. Choose Show in folder.

The files you've downloaded before are also listed on your Downloads page.

Learn how to change your default download location.

Automatically open certain types of files

You can have certain types of files open automatically after they're done downloading:

  1. Find the file at the bottom of the screen.
  2. To the right of the file name, click the arrow Download arrow for computers .
  3. From the options that appear, choose Always open files of this type.

How to handle executable files

You’ll need to confirm certain kinds of files before they’ll run on your computer. This step helps prevent malicious software from automatically downloading to your computer.

If you're downloading an executable file, like ones with .exe, .dll, or .bat extensions, go to the downloads bar:

  • If you want to download the file, confirm by clicking Save.
  • If you're not sure about the contents of the download, click Discard.

If the download URL matches the latest list of malicious websites published by the Safe Browsing API, you’ll see a warning.

On Android

What happens when you download a file

  • When you download a file on an Android device, a “Downloading” message will appear on your screen.
  • At the top of your screen, you’ll see a download arrow Download arrow for computers .
  • You’ll be able to download a file type that your device does not support, such an .exe executable file, but you’ll get an error message if you try to open it.

Find a downloaded file on your phone

  1. Check your phone's notifications and select the file you want to open.
  2. If you have more than one app that can open the device, you’ll be asked to choose one.

Follow the on-screen steps to open your file.

You can also find your files in your phone’s Downloads app.

Tip: If your device doesn’t have an app that can open the file you’ve downloaded, you won’t be able to see it.

Delete a downloaded file on your phone (Android 4.4 or below)

  1. Open the Downloads app.
  2. Touch Internet downloads or Other downloads.
  3. Touch the checkbox next to the file you want to delete.
  4. Touch Remove Remove an extension from Chrome.

Delete a downloaded file on your phone (Android 5.0+)

  1. Open the Downloads app.
  2. Touch Internet downloads or Other downloads.
  3. Press and hold down on the file you want to delete.
  4. Touch the trashcan icon to remove it.
iPhone or iPad

If you’re downloading a file format that Chrome supports, like an image or PDF, the file will automatically open when your download is done.

What happens when you download other file types

  • If you’re downloading a file that isn’t supported directly by Chrome, you will be directed to a download screen, where you can start the download.
  • In-progress downloads may be canceled, although there is currently no Pause option.
  • Once a download has finished, you will see an “Open In” option.
  • You may choose to open the file in Drive or select another app installed on your iPhone to open the file.

Note: On iOS devices, you can’t get a list of the files you’ve already downloaded.

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