If you don’t want to open a downloaded file right away, or if you swiped away the notification, perhaps the most obvious location to look for a recently downloaded file is in the Downloads folder on your Android. This is a system-created folder that stores all your downloaded files.
Once you launch the My Files app, you’ll see a folder called Downloads or Download History. To make it easier to find the file you’re looking for, you can use the “Sort by” option to sort them either ascending or descending, and organize them by time, type, name, or size.
How to do it:
Open your App Drawer
Locate and tap on the My Files app
Navigate to Downloads folder
Tap on the file to open it
Access Android Downloads from your Windows Computer
After you plug in your USB cable to your device and connect it to your Windows computer, a prompt will appear offering you to view the contents.
Click on the Phone option and you’ll easily locate the Downloads folder to access your downloaded files. From there, you can open it, save it to a different location, send it to a friend, or delete it with ease.
How to do it:
Connect your Android device to your computer using a USB cable
Open the File Explorer
Click on the “Phone” option
Open the Downloads folder
Locate and open the downloaded file
Using Chrome to Find Downloaded Files
Of all the browsers available to Android users, Chrome is the most widely used. If you use Chrome on your Android, recovering downloaded files and images is easily done even if you’ve erased it from your device accidentally.
To recover the lost file, launch Chrome and tap on the three dots to open the menu. From there, locate the Downloads option to open a list of the files you’ve downloaded on your device.
Near the top, there’s an option to sort them by type, whether document, audio, video, or images.
After downloading the app, use it to navigate to the Downloads folder on your phone easily. From there, you’ll see all of the files, images, and videos you’ve downloaded and can tap on any of them to open and view them.
You can also use this ES File Explorer to organize your downloads, move them to different folders, or share your files by email with friends.
How to do it:
Download ES File Explorer from the Play Store
Select your primary or internal storage
Open the Downloads folder to view all downloaded files
Select and open the one you’re looking for
What’s the Best Way
There are as many options as there are Android users when it comes to finding downloaded files on your Android device. There’s no one right way to do it and the best way is a matter of preference.
The easiest way is to access the file through your Notifications Panel as soon as you download it. But that isn’t always possible and sometimes you need to access it days or months after you first opened it.
When you need a file after you’ve downloaded it, using your default file manager or an app like ES File Explorer to open it through your Downloads folder is likely the second-best option.
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