Android

Google tests Changing Download Location and Renaming Files in Canary and Developer releases on Chrome 69 for Android

In version 69 of the Chrome app, the option to choose download location is enabled by default.

Google Chrome for Android is one of the most popular browsers available on the platform. The app is sufficiently rich in features. It has stood its ground in the face of fierce competition from Opera, Firefox and others. Yet, we can all agree that the Chrome app has a long way to go in order to replace its PC counterpart, the full-fledged Chrome browser.

Taking a step in that direction, Google might soon add the ability to choose download location and change the file name through the Google Chrome app for Android.

Currently, all Chrome downloads on Android are crammed in the Downloads folder in the internal storage (under data/media/user). If you suffer from limited storage on your phone, choosing your download location can be a huge convenience. You could potentially direct Chrome to download large files directly to your SD card. This feature has of course been available for the longest time on the desktop version of Chrome. It is now finally making its way to Android.

Feature Released on Developer and Canary Version

Mishaal Rahman from XDA News first discovered hints of the upcoming feature to choose download location back in December 2017. He discovered a commit on the Chromium Gerrit (a code-collaboration platform) bringing this feature to the app. At that time, the download location could be changed only on nightly builds of Chrome. The feature had to be enabled using the enable-downloads-location-change flag.

While that was still in its initial stages, XDA recently spotted the feature on the Developer and Canary versions of the Google Chrome app for Android. It is enabled by default on those builds and can be disabled using the DownloadHomeModern flag.

Screenshots of the new feature, Source: XDA News

As is clear from the screenshots, Chrome on Android allows you to rename the downloaded file as well as choose the location where it’s downloaded.

XDA reported that while the interface for the feature is ready, the option to change download location isn’t functional yet. This is expected in Canary and developer builds, since they are meant for bug-fixing and development. Hopefully, the feature will be released bug-free on the stable channel soon, so that everyone can make use of the added functionality.

Nishant Kauntia


Nishant is a tech-enthusiast, and keeps experimenting with new apps and tweaks on his Chromebook and Android smartphone. Innovative user-experience developments fascinate him. Apart from keeping a keen eye out for updates in the tech industry, Nishant is interested in Philosophy and Creative Writing.
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