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Where are Android downloads stored?

where are android downloads

If you download something on Android, and you don’t catch it when it’s in the notifications tray, you may wonder where the heck it’s gone. You know it’s on your phone somewhere, but how do you get to it? 

So, where are Android downloads stored?.

Finding Android downloads on your phone

While once you had to download a file management app like an absolute nerd, modern versions of Android make it easy to find your downloads. That’s because almost all Android phones come with a file manager preinstalled.

Now you just need to find it:

  1. Open your Android apps list and look for a likely file management candidate. Annoyingly, this is called different things on different handsets: on Pixel phones, it’s called “Files”, while Samsung devices have an app called “My Files”. But “files” is likely to be in the name somewhere.
  2. Press “Downloads” or “Download Manager” from the categories menu and browse away.

If you can’t find a file management app on your phone then all is not lost. Google’s own Files app is available as a free download from the Google Play Store. Just install it and browse away.

Finding Android downloads on your PC via Windows Explorer

But where do the files actually live? The answer is pretty clear when you connect your phone to your PC for a closer examination.

  1. Connect your phone to your PC via USB cable. You may need to manually select the “Transferring files” option on your phone, otherwise it might only function as a very slow charger.
  2. Open Windows Explorer on your computer. Pressing the Windows key and E at the same time will do this, or you can use the Start button and browse to Documents.
  3. Your phone should have appeared in the left-hand pane, just under “This PC”. Click on your phone’s icon.
  4. A folder called “Download” will appear, where you’ll find every JPEG, PDF and GIF you’ve ever downloaded. 

As mine weighs in at 160MB, I took the opportunity to do some spring cleaning. You may wish to do the same…

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Alan has been writing about tech professionally for a decade, and answering tech questions to family members on a voluntary basis for even longer. That should make him an ideal fit for Big Tech Question, then...

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