How to Find Files You Downloaded on Android

How to Find Files You Downloaded on Android

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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.

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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.

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

open menu in Files app

Select the “Downloads” option from the list.

downloads from the menu

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.

files by google browse tab

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

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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.

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Lucila is a freelance writer and lifelong learner with an ongoing curiosity to study new things. She enjoys checking out the latest grammar books and writing about video games more than anything else. If she's not running through Colorado’s breathtaking landscape, she's indoors hidden away in her cozy game room trolling noobs and leveling up an RPG character. She is a Final Fantasy IX apologist (although she loves them all… except XV), coffee aficionado, and a bit of a health nut. Lucila graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing.

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