So you downloaded a file on your Samsung Galaxy phone, and now you’re wondering where it ended up? If you do not know the location of the saved file, accessing it can be a challenge, especially if you are in a hurry. Read below to find out how to access downloads on Samsung phones and where they are stored.
Where are downloads stored on a Samsung Galaxy phone?
Access to downloads will depend on the file type and how it was downloaded. Google Chrome or other browsers typically store downloaded files in the downloads folder of your internal memory. Apps store the downloaded data in a subfolder they create in the “Android” folder. This directory is not user-accessible, and you must give the file manager special permission to access and modify files and folders contained therein. Similarly, movies or TV shows downloaded from Netflix or Prime Video for offline viewing are not available outside of these apps.
In some cases, apps can also create a folder in the root directory of your phone’s internal storage to store downloaded data. However, in most cases, you can access downloaded files on your Galaxy phone using a file manager – either the included app or a third party.
How to access downloads stored on a Samsung Galaxy phone
Samsung’s My Files app is pre-installed on all Galaxy phones and tablets, so it’s the easiest approach to use. File manager categorizes files by type, making them faster to access.
- To open My files app.
- If you are looking for a recently downloaded file, you should look it up in Recent files the part at the top.
- Select the category of the downloaded file you are looking for.
- For example, tap the Images tab if you are looking for an image you downloaded last week.
- All the photos stored on your phone from various apps, including photos taken with the camera, are displayed.
- You can sort the results based on Name, date, typeor Size.
- Tap an image to open it using the image viewer you want.
- You can find downloads from Chrome, including offline viewing pages, from Downloads category.
- Similarly, APKs downloaded from third-party sources can be found in Installation files category.
- You can tap an APK file from here to start the installation process.
- If you know the file name you are looking for, press Search icon at the top right of the My Files app.
- Continue to enter the file name. You can also save the results based on time and file type.
You can manually browse the files stored on your Galaxy phone’s internal storage by pressing Internal storage under Storage. If your phone supports external storage, it is shown here. Tap the name to access the files stored on it.
You can access all the directories on the phone’s internal storage, but can not manage or modify the contents of all of them.
When you access the phone’s internal storage, the My Files app will only display Essential folders. These are the most common folders you primarily need access to: Download, Music, Pictures and DCIM (where the camera pictures are stored). To view all the folders on the phone’s internal storage, tap the drop-down menu under Internal storage and select Everyone option.
If you do not like Samsung’s built-in My Files app, try one of the best third-party file management apps for Android. They are more advanced and even allow you to connect to an FTP or SFTP server to manage files remotely on them. Once you’ve been good at finding downloaded files, check out the best software tips for Android and One UI to get the most out of your Galaxy phone.