I'm using Xperia Z on Android 5.1.1. Normally, Download-Manager is an embedded app. This is why it is hard to find out its path.

What is the absolute path of Download-Manager?

  • It depends on what phone. Manufacturers often replace the built-in apps like the download manager with their own. Please edit your question to say what phone you're asking about. – Dan Hulme Aug 12 '17 at 12:44
  • @DanHulme Manufacturers often replace built-in apps, that's true. But no one should replace, let's say, System UI. For exactly the same reason Download Provider is rarely replaced. – iBug Aug 13 '17 at 12:30

On Android 5.x (aka Lollipop) (also 6 and 7), its APK is located at


Its data is located at


Its default download location is ($ = environmental variable)

  • -/Android/data/com.android.providers.download/ is not present in Xperia Z. And /system/priv-app is not present too. - – dschinn1001 Aug 13 '17 at 12:35
  • @dschinn1001 Download Provider, AFAIK, never store its data on SD cards. It only stores in /data. And if you claim that /system/priv-app does not exist, I will doubt if you're running Android 5.x. – iBug Aug 13 '17 at 13:50
  • @iBug if the device is not rooted, then I don't think OP can browse /system/priv-app... Btw, AFAIK, DownloadProvider is just a content provider (a.k.a. database) that stores downloaded files, not really a "download manager" app – Andrew T. Aug 14 '17 at 4:04
  • @AndrewT. Rooting is not required to access /system/priv-app. Most (but not all) things under /system requires no special permissions to read. – iBug Aug 14 '17 at 4:21
  • @AndrewT. That makes no difference. Being a strange exception, Download Provider is the manager (unlike other providers). Maybe you should download something and check who's displaying an active notification? – iBug Aug 14 '17 at 4:25

Download-Manager is downloading your files to the folder Downloads which is located in the internal storage. Depending whether you have root access it should be at /sdcard/Downloads or in your internal storage at ~/Downloads.

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