Changing Default Download Location Mac

11/27/2021by admin

What I found that worked for me is that I had to change the location of my 'Pictures' directory. This is done in Windows, as opposed to iCloud. iCloud just creates its directory in the 'Pictures' directory, wherever that may be located.

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  1. While you cannot change the default download location, with the Windows 10 and MacOS versions of FulGaz you can set up an additional folder where FulGaz will look for videos. This is useful if you have a secondary hard drive, external storage device or would like to keep your videos in an easily accessible folder on the same hard drive.
  2. By default, Chrome downloads files to the “Downloads” folder in your user account. If you would rather save them to a different location, you can easily change the Chrome download folder location. Click the Chrome menu button (three horizontal bars) in the upper-right corner of the Chrome window and select “Settings” from the drop-down.


To do this I went into iCloud settings and unchecked the 'Photos' checkbox. Accepted the warnings about removing files from the PC and applied changes. This removed the existing iCloud Photos directory.

Change default download location mac

Change Default Download Location Mac


Then I right-clicked on the 'Pictures' directory from file explorer. This opens the 'Pictures Properties' dialog box. There is a tab for location. Under this tab you can move the location of your 'Pictures' folder. Mine now shows D:Pix, for example.


Once this is done, you can go back into iCloud and re-enable Photos and it will create a new iCloud Photos directory underneath the newly relocated Pictures directory. It will then begin downloading thumbnails from your iCloud.


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Note that, regardless of what you named your directory, it will appear in File Explorer as 'Pictures' and beneath that is where you will find your iCloud Photos directory. There will also be an 'iCloud Photos' link created in File Explorer to simplify finding this new location.


For the record, I have the newer version of iCloud that only has checkboxes for iCloud Photos & Shared Albums under Photos


Hope this helps.

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