If you are familiar with the Files app on a Chromebook, you will know that there are two important sections; Downloads and Google Drive. Downloads are your local drive, and this is the default location for files you download to your Chromebook.
This is changing. Here is a commit log I found today:
Set drive as the default download folder
This CL modifies download directory policy handler to enable the drive to be set as the default download folder in Chromebooks.
Google is planning to make Google Drive as your default download location on Chromebooks. When this is set, all the files you download will be uploaded to your Google Drive account and stay there. It is good if you have a good internet connection and bandwidth to spare. If you are worried about your bandwidth usage, this is a thing to worry about. Because when you download a 1MB file, Chromebook uploads it to the Drive, so your usage becomes 2MB, double.
This of course can be changed in settings, so no worries!
The positive side of this change is, you do not lose any files when you format your Chromebook, or hmm, say, something happens to your Chromebook. Since the files are saved on Google Drive, you will get them back when you download to another Chromebook, or any other device with Google Drive, or any computer where you can log in to your Google Drive account on the browser.
One more thing
The change we are talking about here is, making this default. This feature is already available on Chromebooks. I mean, you can change your default download location to Google Drive. Here is how to do it.
- Click the status area in the lower-right corner, where your account picture appears.
- Select Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page.
- In the “Downloads” section, click the Change button to select a default download location.
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