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How to change Chromebook Downloads folder to Google Drive

Hello everyone, today in this article we will show you how to change Chromebook Downloads folder to Google Drive. Files that you download to your Chromebook are stored in the Downloads folder by default. This is a convenient and aptly named place for such a task. However, you may prefer to store these Files elsewhere, such as in Google Drive or on an external device like external SSD or USB flash drive or external hard drives

Chromebooks are great for use at school, at work, and when going out on the town. By default, a Chromebook’s Downloads folder resides on the device’s internal storage. Therefore, when you reset a Chromebook, everything you’ve downloaded is permanently removed. When you turn off a Chromebook, everything in the Downloads folder is deleted.

The problem is that you inevitably remember this as soon as it’s too late. For this reason, we started configuring the default “Downloads” folder for all my ChromeOS operating system devices to a location other than the default location a while back. This has saved me a lot of headaches.

How to change Chromebook Downloads folder to Google Drive

Create a new Drive Downloads folder

Step 1 : Open the Files app on your Chromebook, and navigate to My Drive. When you’re there, create a new folder called Drive Downloads. Press CTRL + E to create a new folder.

Step 2 : Pin the new folder to the sidebar

Step 3 : Once your folder is created, right-click on it. From the context menu, click on Create shortcut.

Step 4 : Your new Drive Downloads folder should now appear just below the Downloads folder in the sidebar of the Files app.

Change Chrome’s default download location

On the right side of the tray, at the bottom, there is an options menu where you can access the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options, among others. Go there and follow these steps:

Step 1 : In the options menu, click on Settings.

Step 2 : Scroll down to the bottom of the window and click on Show advanced settings

Step 3 : In the advanced settings, you will find the Downloads category. From there, change the download location to the new Drive Downloads folder that you created.

Step 4 : Alternatively, you can also choose to ask where to save each file before downloading. This option gives you the freedom to choose where to download each file individually. The advantage with this option is that you can choose to download important documents on the Drive folder and large media Files on the local Downloads folder.

Final Words

We hope you enjoyed our article about switching the Chromebook downloads folder to Google Drive. You now have a Downloads folder synced with Google Drive. Congratulations on not losing your downloads and never having to search for them on the Internet again. If you like our article, be sure to share it with others.

I hope you understand this article, how to change Chromebook Downloads folder to Google Drive.

James Hogan
James Hogan is a senior staff writer at Bollyinside, where he has been covering various topics, including laptops, gaming gear, keyboards, storage, and more. During that period, they evaluated hundreds of laptops and thousands of accessories and built a collection of entirely too many mechanical keyboards for their own use.

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