Files Applications Firefox Preferences Mac

We’ve shown you how to change where downloaded files go in Safari on your Mac, but what if you use a different browser? Here we’ll run you through how to quickly change the file download location for Firefox and Chrome.

Change the Firefox downloads folder

If Firefox is your browser of choice or even if you only use it for certain things, here’s how to change where files are downloaded

1) Open your Firefox Preferences by either clicking Firefox > Preferences from the menu bar or using the Open Menu button in the toolbar and selecting Preferences.

2) Choose General on the left.

3) Scroll down to the Files and Applications section. Click the Choose button next to Save files to, browse for your folder, and click Open.

Change download folder Firefox Mac

Optionally, you can have Firefox ask you where you want to save the files instead by selecting that button.

Below there, you can see how Firefox handles certain types of files and make changes to those as well.

Change download locations files Firefox Mac

Change the Chrome downloads folder

Changing the file download folder on Chrome is just as easy as it is for Firefox.

1) Open your Chrome settings by either clicking Chrome > Preferences from the menu bar or using the Menu button in the toolbar and selecting Settings.

2) Scroll to the bottom and click Advanced or choose Advanced on the left to expand it and choose Downloads.

3) In the Downloads section, click the Change button under Location, browse for your folder, and click Select.

Change download folder Chrome Mac

Instead, you can have Chrome ask you where you want to save the files every time by enabling that toggle.

Wrapping it up

The Downloads folder on your Mac is obviously the ideal place to save files from the web. But you aren’t stuck using it. Changing your download location or having Firefox or Chrome ask where you want to save your files are alternatives to consider.

What are your thoughts on files you download? Do you let them all go to the Downloads folder, a different folder, or do you prefer to be asked?