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How to Find Downloads on Android

We all love to download whatever we find interesting on the web and social media platforms, such as images, songs, videos, etc. After downloading files, people get difficult to find them on Android. Each Android phone has a distinct app to manage documents, but mostly the same.

Android devices also have a file system to manage their files like other operating systems. Every Android phone and tablet has a preinstalled "File Manager" app (in some devices, it is called "Files" or "My Files").

How to Find Downloads on Android

If you don't like your preinstalled File Manager app's structure, you have an option to download any third-party File Manager app from Google Play Store.

Find your downloaded files on Android

Finding downloaded files on Android phones and tablets are quite easy. Based on the device model (and the OS version) you are using, the location of the file types may vary. The File Manager (or Files) app contain different folders to store different files separately. You'll also find a "Downloads" folder in it. Whatever you download on your Android device from the web, they all go inside the "Downloads" folder by default.

There are several ways to find downloads (photos, videos, music, documents) files on Android. Some of them are listed below:

  1. Quick access via notification panel
  2. Find downloaded files using preinstalled File Manager app
  3. Use Google Chrome to find your downloads
  4. Use third-party File Manager app
  5. Find Android downloads using your PC

Quick access via notification panel

The easiest method to access the download files on Android is via the device notification panel. Whatever you download on an Android device, you'll get a notification message in your notification panel.

  1. Wait to complete your download.
  2. Tap on the download notification icon to view and open your download file.
    How to Find Downloads on Android

Find your downloaded files using preinstalled File Manager app

Your Android phone or tablet should have a pre-installed File Manager app to access the file system. To find your downloaded file on Android using the default File Manager app, follow the below-mentioned steps:

  1. Navigate to the app drawer section on your device. It can be usually performed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen or tapping on the several dots button at the bottom of the home screen.
  2. Look for the File Manager (or Files, or My Files or Downloads varies from device model) app and tap on it.
  3. Under the File Manager app screen, go to Internal storage, where you'll see a Downloads (or Download) folder. Click on the Download folder to access your downloaded files.
    How to Find Downloads on Android

Your downloaded files are listed with the most recent at the top. However, you can sort them based on their name by clicking on more options (three dots) at the top right and edit. There are also other options, including share, edit, delete, and sort.

Check your app settings

Several apps have their download section. Instead of saving your downloaded files to the device's download folder by default, they save files to the app's download folder.

For example, the WhatsApp app of your phone downloads various files and store each of them in its own downloads section. You will find a downloaded image in WhatsApp Image and downloaded videos in WhatsApp Videos.

Use Google Chrome to find your downloads

If you use your Google Chrome browser to download your media or other files, you can access them directly through the browser's menu. Following are the steps to access files downloaded through Chrome:

  1. Open your Chrome browser on your Android phone.
    How to Find Downloads on Android
  2. Tap on the more (three dots) option at the screen's upper-right.
    How to Find Downloads on Android
  3. Tap on the Downloads section to see your downloaded files from the web. If you have several download files, you can use the search icon and type their name to locate it.
    How to Find Downloads on Android

Using third-party File Manager app

The device's preinstalled file manager app works well, but many people love to experience something new. People love to use third-party file manager app to access their files system. Even some third-party file managers offer more options to access the device folder structure, including downloads.

Some of the popular and trusted file manager apps are "Files by Google", Google Pixel's "Files" app, and Samsung Galaxy phone's "My Files". You can install any File Manager app of your choice from Google Play Store to access the device files directory.

In each of the above-listed file manager apps, you'll find your downloaded data inside the folder named "Downloads". To view your downloaded files on your Android device and go through the below discuss steps:

Using Google Pixel's Files

  1. Open your file manager app Files.
  2. Tap on the menu icon at the top-left of the screen.
    How to Find Downloads on Android
  3. The menu opens a list of navigation options. From the list of options, select "Downloads".
    How to Find Downloads on Android

Under the "Downloads" folder, you'll find all your downloaded files.

Using Files by Google

  1. Open your Google's Files file manager app.
  2. Tap on the "Browse" tab.
    How to Find Downloads on Android
  3. Click on the "Downloads" section to find all your downloaded data.
    How to Find Downloads on Android

Under the "Downloads" folder, you'll find all your downloaded files.

Find Android downloads using your PC

If you find it difficult to access your Android downloads on the small screen, you can also use your PC to locate your Android downloads. To find your Android downloads using Windows PC, follow the below steps:

  1. Connect your Android device with your PC using a USB cable. When you connect both devices, you may get a notification on your Android asking you to choose an action you want to perform.
  2. Choose a File transfer
  3. Click on the Phone option on the Windows Explorer screen. Navigate to Internal Storage (or SD cards based on your download settings) and then the Downloads Here you will find what you download on Android.

How to Find YouTube downloads on Android

YouTube is a popular platform for video content. People love it to access and stream video content. YouTube also facilitates you to download videos for offline use. As the YouTube videos are stored in the .exo format, you can't play them on other video player apps. You can play them offline on the YouTube app only.

To find YouTube downloads on Android, navigate to the following location on your Android phone:

  1. Open your File Manager app and go to "Internal storage".
  2. Tap on the Android folder and then data.
  3. Under the data folder, go to "".
    How to Find Downloads on Android
  4. Now, tap on the file > offline and streams.
    How to Find Downloads on Android
  5. Here you will find your YouTube downloads in the .exo
    How to Find Downloads on Android

But remember that you can't play them on other video player apps. You can play them offline on the YouTube app only. To play downloaded YouTube videos offline:

  1. Open your YouTube app.
  2. Tap on the Library section at the button of the app.
  3. Under the Library section, click on the Downloads Here you'll see your download content to play.
  4. Tap on any video content to play it on the YouTube app offline.

How to Find Netflix Downloads on Android

The content you download from Netflix doesn't last for a long time. It depends on the license of individual contents. Some downloaded content expires within 48 hours to watch them; others show less than seven days left to the expiry date on your downloads screen.

Suppose you have downloaded videos using your Netflix app on your Android phone and are excited to know where they are stored in the phone's internal storage. The Netflix downloads are hidden by default, but you can access them using a file manager app.

To know the Netflix downloads location follow the below-mentioned steps:

  1. Launch your File app and go to Settings and then Show hidden files. If you are using any other file manager app, you also need to find the equivalent setting.
    How to Find Downloads on Android
  2. Visit at location Internal Storage > Android > data > > files > Download > .of
  3. Here you will see a folder with a name of eight-digit random numbers. Open it to find your Netflix downloaded movie.
    How to Find Downloads on Android

Netflix contents are downloaded in the NFV format, and they are encrypted. You can't transfer them in your Gallery app or watch them in any other media player apps.

How to Find Spotify Downloads on Android

Spotify is a popular music streaming app that allows you to listen to music online and offline (after downloads). The premium users of this app can save songs for offline playback. Listing your favorite songs offline saves your monthly or daily data usage, and of course, you can play them anytime and anywhere. Unfortunately, Spotify doesn't allow direct access to your locally downloaded music. To find Spotify downloads on Android, follow the steps below:

  1. Launch your Spotify app on your Android device.
  2. Tap on the "Your Library" section at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Your library songs are categorized under "Playlists", "Artists," and "Albums".
  4. To sort your download music by albums, tap on the "Albums".
  5. At the bottom of the screen, you'll find filter options and from their select Downloads.
    How to Find Downloads on Android

Here you will find downloaded albums music from Spotify on Android.

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