How to Change Download Location for Messages App in macOS Sierra

If you no longer want your received files to be saved in downloads folder, there is a way to change the download location for Messages app in macOS Sierra on Mac. Let’s walkthrough the easy tutorial to get it done!

Though I enjoy using WhatsApp or Skype to communicate with my friends, the stock Messages app for macOS remains a top notch choice for me. With interesting features like Rich Links, Tapbacks, it makes communication an absolute delight.

While iMessaging with my friends or colleagues at work, I send/receive a number of important files. The prime reason why I choose iMessage to send files is that it’s more secure than other third-party messaging apps.

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How to Change Download Location for Messages on Mac

By default, all the received files are saved in the Downloads folder. Considering the importance of the files, I make sure to save them at a separate location like Dropbox in order to access them easily. Luckily, there is a way to change the download location for Messages app. Here is how it works.

How to Change Download Location for Messages App in macOS Sierra on Mac

Step #1. Open Messages app on your Mac.

Step #2. Next, you need to click on Messages in the Menu bar.

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Step #3. Now, click on Preferences.

Click on Preferences in Messages App in macOS Sierra

Step #4. Next, make sure General is selected. Click on the drop down menu which is next to Save received files to.

Click on General and Download Location for Messages App on Mac

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Step #5. Finally, you have to click on the location to which you want the received files to be saved.

Change Received File Location for Messages on Mac

That’s it!

You can also customize the notifications in Messages on your Mac. And just in case, you use your Mac at night, using Dark Mode can be very helpful.

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Agreed, Messages app for iOS 10 boasts of several outstanding features like Digital Touch, third-party App Store and more, its counterpart on macOS Sierra is good enough to deliver the goods.

Which is your favorite feature in macOS Sierra and why? Do share your views in the comments below, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. Also, make sure to download our app on your iDevice.

Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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