When an file or app downloads from a browser (as opposed to installing directly), the downloads open up.

Otherwise, I can't seem to navigate in there.

Is there a way, on a stock, un-rooted Android, to navigate to the download list?

Update: browsing through "File Manager", I see I've been staring at /sdcard/download -- how does this view "normally" open after a file download?

I'm on an HTC Incredible, Froyo 2.2, but I'd expect this to be similar for most, no?

  • Are you talking about downloads in the Market, or files downloaded from the internet (ie. in the browser)? Sep 20, 2010 at 22:12
  • Yes, I second that question. Didn't even think of reading it that way until I saw keightjgrant's comment.
    – Matt
    Sep 21, 2010 at 1:38
  • updated to clarify, FIVE YEARS LATER, that it is browser downloads. Aug 17, 2015 at 13:16

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Usually your apps are downloaded using your browser. For accessing them you open your browser, press menu > more > downloads.

  • I use Dolphin as the browswer, and with there it is simply menu >> downloads -- and that's the screen I was seeing before. Sheesh. Without title-bars, there's no context for what I'm staring at. I never know if I'm looking at an application screen, or an OS screen. Well, sometimes. Sep 21, 2010 at 13:04

If you want to add a shortcut on your home screen to your Downloads folder or any other folder for that matter get ASTRO File Manager (free). The app is pretty useful on it's own, but it also adds the option to create a shortcut directly to any folder on the homescreen. To do this, simply long click on the homescreen, choose "Shortcuts", then choose "ASTRO" then choose the particular folder you want a shortcut to.

I had ASTRO for a while before I realized I could do this because the option is deceiving. At first look I thought it would create a shortcut to the app, not to a specific folder like it does.

Edit: After reading Keith's comment I realized you are probably talking about market downloads. In that case do what Al Everett said.

  • Very helpful to me Matt, as I couldn't find the question "how do I create a folder shortcut on Home screen" on here.
    – Lisa
    Sep 2, 2011 at 7:32

Yes. Open up the "Market" app, open the menu, and choose "Downloads".


Go to your home screen, long press on any area then choose to add "Shortcut" => "Activities". Then you'll see a long expandable list. You need to find here "Downloads". Click on it to expand it and then choose second entry - ".DownloadList"

(Tested on Android 4.4.2 - Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini)


Just open the marketplace and under menu, you'll find Downloads. Another suggestion, if there are apps you use a lot you can create a shortcut to your homescreen by long pressing on an area of the homescreen where there is room for an icon, select Shortcuts > Applications and pick anything to save to your homescreen. I made a few folders on my homescreen of apps, for example one is called Games, one is called Utilities. Then I filled them with the apps I use most. Long press on the homescreen, select Folders > New Folder, keep it open and press on the application launcher, long press on anything you want to save into your folder and it will save there.


With Ice Cream Sandwich, I have a new app in my app drawer called "Downloads" which brings me to a list of recently downloaded files.

Obviously you can drop this as a shortcut on your home screen.

Downloads icon

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