September 29, 2016 - No Comments!

How To Change Safari’s Default Download Location

By default, if you download a file in the Safari, it will be saved in the Mac’s Download folder. Of course you can right click on the download link and choose “Download Linked File As” to specify the folder you wanna keep the file. But how to change Safari’s default file download location?


Mac users may need to change the download folder for different reasons. Take myself as an example. I prefer to save downloaded files on the Desktop, where I can easily access to no matter what I’m doing on my Mac. Meanwhile I use Safari for home-based activities and Chrome for work-based activities, so I need to specify different download folder for each browser.

OK, let’s go straight to the topic. To change Safari’s default download location, follow the steps below:

  • Launch Safari, and click on the Safari > Preferences from the Menu Bar.


  • As the Preferences window opens, locate the File Download Location in the General tab. Then click on the selective box next to it to show a drop-down menu.
  • Select Others from the menu, choose the folder where you want to save download files from the pop-up window, and click on the Select button to take effect.

Yeah, it is super easy to specify a folder as your Safari’s default download location. Now all the files you download in Safari will be stored to the folder you selected.

Have other issue when using Safari? If you want to reinstall Safari for troubleshooting, you should uninstall it first and then reinstall it in the App Store.

Published by: RefreshingCities Editor

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