Download a file on Chrome

Depending on whether you’re using Chrome on a phone, tablet or computer, there are different ways to download files, then find and view them.

Download a file

  1. Open Chrome and navigate to the web page where you want to download the file.
  2. Right-click on the file and choose Save as…
  3. Choose where you want to save the file, then click Save.
  4. When the file has finished downloading, you'll see it at the bottom of your Chrome window. Click the file name to open it.
  5. Optional: Next to the file name, click Download Download arrow for computers . Then click Show in folder to find it on your computer.

The files that you've downloaded before are also listed on your Downloads page. Find out how to change your default download location.

Pause or cancel a download

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

Download or delete executable (.exe) files

You need to confirm certain kinds of files before they can run on your computer. This step helps keep your computer safe from malicious software.

  1. Begin downloading an executable file, like .exe, .dll or .bat
  2. You'll be asked if you want to download the file. 
  3. If you want to download, confirm by clicking Save at the bottom of the Chrome window.
  4. If you're not sure about the contents of the download, click Discard.

If the download link matches the list of malicious websites published by Google's Safe Browsing service, you’ll see a warning.

Change download locations

You can choose a location on your computer into which downloads should be saved by default or pick a specific destination for each download.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the top-right, click Menu Chrome menu.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Show advanced settings and scroll down to the "Downloads" section.
  5. Adjust your download settings:
    • To change the default download location, click Change and select where you'd like your files to be saved.
    • If you'd rather choose a specific location for each download, select the "Ask where to save each file before downloading" tick box.

Default download locations

If you didn't change your default download location, Google Chrome downloads files to the following locations.

  • Windows Vista/ Windows 7/ Windows 8: \Users\<username>\Downloads
  • Mac: /Users/<username>/Downloads
  • Linux: home/<username>/Downloads

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