Finding the files you’ve downloaded on your Android device is usually an easy task. The steps to finding them can vary slightly depending on what kind of device you have, but for some reason, the downloaded files tend to “disappear” sometimes.
The files are apparently there somewhere, you just have to dig into your Android device’s setting to find them. In some cases, you might need to install a file manager to help you keep those downloaded files under control. Lets’ take a look at some options.
Look in The Downloads Folder
Like most computer, Android does come with a “Downloads” folder to store all your downloaded files. If you’ve been using Android for years, this should be obvious to you. To access the Downloads folder, launch the default File Manager app and towards the top, you’ll see the “Download history” option.
You should now see the file you recently downloaded with date and time. If you tap on the “More” option at the top right, you can do more with your downloaded files. For example, you can clear your download history, edit, share, and sort by.
To make your downloads easier to find, you can use the “Sort by” option and organize them either by time, type, name, size, ascending or descending. Whatever works best for you.
Access the Download Folder with ES File Explorer
An app that will help you find not just your downloads but any file for that matter is ES File Explorer. When you first open the app, you’ll see your device’s Internal storage at the top left. Tap on it and either scroll until you find the Downloads folder or search for it with the search bar.
ES File Explorer will automatically show you everything you’ve downloaded.
How to Find the Downloads Folder from Your Windows Computer
If you just can’t stand how small things look on your Android device, you can always look at your downloads on your computer. Connect your Android device to your computer with a USB cable, and within a few seconds, you should see a prompt appear offering you to see the contents of the device you connected.
The next window will offer various options such as import/export (among others). Click on the one that allows you to see the contents of your Android device. Click on the Phone option and scroll down until you find the Downloads folder. Just open it and do whatever you please.
Find Your Downloads in Chrome
You downloaded an image last week, but accidentally erased it from your device. To recover that image, open up Chrome (provided Chrome is your default browser) and the second icon to the left should be an arrow pointing down. Tap on it, and all your downloads will appear.
If you want to find a specific file such as video, tap on the drop-down menu beside Downloads and tap on videos (or whatever file you’re looking for).
Find your Firefox Downloads
Firefox makes it just as easy to find your downloads. Once you have the browser open, tap on the three vertical dots at the top-right of your display. Tap on Tools and the first option on the list should be Downloads. Tap on it, and you should see all the files you’ve downloaded.
Unlike Chrome, Firefox doesn’t let you search for a specific type of file, they’re all mixed up which might make them more difficult to find.
How to Access Downloads Folder in Opera
Instead of tapping on dots to access the Downloads folder, you’ll need to tap on the Opera icon. You’ll instantly see the Downloads option, tap on it and voila! You should now see everything you’ve downloaded.
As you can see, your downloaded files didn’t disappear, they just went to a folder created especially for that. To dig a little deeper still into your Android directories, you should read our guide on how to install TWRP Recovery. Or if you’ve started dabbling in streaming movies and TV between your devices, see our list of the best DLNA streaming apps.