How To Find Downloaded Files On Android

So you’ve just downloaded a file on your Android device but don’t really know where it went? There are a few ways that you can find the file you just downloaded, along with all your previous downloads. Pro tip: you might want to clean up your Downloads folder from time to time to avoid running out of space on your SD card


Step 1: Use the pre-installed Downloads app

access the downloads folder from the app drawer on android
list or grid view of downloaded files on your SD card

Step 2: Use and Android file manager

Total Commander - file manager

To find a list of all the downloaded files with the help of a file manager app, simply open it to find a list of directories on your device. What you are looking for are either “Phone Storage”, “Internal Storage” or “SD Card” (sometimes called /sdcard).

total commander sd card downloads location

Step 3: Access downloaded files from a Mac or PC

Once plugged in via USB, you should be getting a notification on your computer’s screen, which will tell you to follow a few simple steps to access your device storage. In some cases you will also get a notification on your Android device asking you to choose what you want to do with your USB connection. Your goal here is to select the option “File Transfer”.

Check out this guide if you encounter problems with Android File Transfer.

Some apps will use a separate folder for downloaded files. Probably the best example for this scenario is WhatsApp.

where to find whatsapp downloaded files

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