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How to Download Directly to Google Drive on Chromebook

How to Download Directly to Google Drive on Chromebook.

Chromebooks are great, but they all have one big problem – limited storage. One way to fix this problem is to insert an external SD card. However, if you, like me, don’t prefer to use an SD card (since it sticks out of the slot), you can also set the default download directory to Google Drive and also make it available for offline use. Here’s how.

Download directly to Google Drive on your Chromebook.

To upload directly to Google Drive, open your Chrome browser and click the three-dot menu in the top right corner. And then click “Settings” from the options that appear.

Now click on the “Advanced” option on the left sidebar and select the “Download” option from the dropdown list. Alternatively, you can simply open this link to open the download options directly in Chrome.

In the downloads section, you can either change the default location for downloads to a specific folder, or you can ask Chrome to ask you where to save each file before downloading.

In our case we want to change the download directory to Google Drive on the Chromebook, click the Change button next to the Location option.

You will see the Chrome OS File Manager popup. Just click “Google Drive” in the left sidebar of the file manager, navigate to the location you want to download and click “Open” in the lower right corner of the window. That’s all you have successfully changed your download location to Google Drive.

On the other hand, you can access multiple files stored in Drive even when you’re offline. But they are not permanent and can be lost at any moment. To make them permanently available offline, simply open Files Google Drive, right-click the file you want to make offline, and select the Available offline option. If the file is available offline, a check mark will appear next to it indicating that it is already available offline.

When the file is available offline, you can check it out in the offline section of Google Drive.


Changing the download location also changes the default location for the entire Chromebook. So even screenshots will be saved to Google Drive. This makes it much easier to use multiple devices as you have a single storage for all of your devices. Either way, while Chromebooks support services like Dropbox, you can’t set them by default.

Also Read: – Best PWA Apps You Need to Install on Your Chromebook

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