I know "downloads" folder sounds like an answer, but I don't think i have one. I have an Samsung Infuse 4G from ATT, maybe a month old. I downloaded 2 songs from the Google Play Market, and I don't know where they went. My goal is to use those as ringtones.
The Infuse -- especially after the 2.3 Gingerbread update/upgade (but even before, too) -- is weird about the folders that should and shouldn't be there. I was astonished when I first looked closely at the situation. But, no matter... I can help.
First of all, you need a decent file manager. The one that comes with the phone kinda' sucks. There are tons of them out there, but these...
...not necessarily in that order (in fact, I put 'em, on purpose, in alpha order, so that no one would think they're ordered best-to-worst), are considered to be the best of the breed.
I tried Astro
. Liked it, but didn't love it... though it's the "big
dog" among early Android adopters. ES File Explorer
is fantastically good, but incomplete without its sibling security, and bookmark, etc., managers... all of which (except File Explorer) have non-removable ads. Ick.File Expert
is the unexpected, unassuming, surprising, fast-becoming-the-frontrunner of the pack. It maker recently ticked-off its early users, though, by suddenly charging for a couple things which used to be free. I admit, they screwed-up on that. Plus, for some reason File Expert's devs like low-contrast, muted-colored, artsty-fartsy themes, instead of at least one theme that has nice yellow file folders, black backgrounds, and white letters... like on would have at least thought would be the default theme. But the File Expert dudes are apparently trying to be different... which can really be irritating. I've asked them ten times to just make a theme that actually looks like a file explorer, and they just ignore me. Make sure your eye are wide open, then about that arrogance. Also, because the dev is in China, most of the cloud services that File Expert supports are not necessarily those that westerners would use. Keep that in mind, too. But those are the only negatives. The bottom line is that in terms of what it does and how it does it, File Expert kicks butt!
The one that's fast becoming my favorite, though, is the unassuming (and not terribly popular... or even well-known, for that matter) X-plore File Manager
. Wow! What a potent little app. It does pretty much everything all the others do (though by means of a slightly different -- and maybe even irritating -- interface); and the five cloud services to which it "talks" are the exact same five that the vast majority of westerners use. So the dev is really on top of his/her game on that score!
The bottom line is that after trying and not really liking Astro; then going to File Expert; then removing File Expert beause of dev unresponsiveness and arrogance, and going, then, to ES File Explorer; then getting sick and tired of ES File Explorer's sibling apps's ads; and so then going back to File Expert...
...I've ended-up with X-plore on my phone, and using it the most. But to save my life I can't bring myself to uninstall File Expert. Go figure. Between the two of them, though, there's literally nothing I can't do... er... well... unless my phone were rooted, then there'd be a few additional things. But everything which can be done on an unrooted phone, in terms of file management, can be done between the two apps. Actually, either one can pretty much do all of it.
Anyway, my overarching point is that you first need a potent file manager... better than the crap the comes with the phone; and I've now told you which ones to consider (and maybe even get).
Next, you need to use whatever file manager you choose to go look closely at the root of the "internal SD" storage (not to be confused with the "root" of the entire phone, or with the term "rooting" the phone).
The "internal SD" storage would be the 13 or so gigabytes of solid state drive (SSD) storage that came built-into (inside/non-removable) the phone...
...not to be confused with the 2GB of "external SD" that came installed as a removable SD card in the phone's external SD card slot (accessible from the battery bay).
Of course you could also connect the phone to your PC with the USB cable, specify that the phone should be seen by the PC as "mass storage," and then let two Windows Explorer windows pop-open on your PC... one for the "internal SD" storage, and another for the "external SD" storage (which, if you have the kind of drive configuration and lettering on your PC that most people have, will likely be temporarily lettered "Drive F:" and "Drive G:" respectively). If you do that, then you could do all that I'm herein prescribing via Windows Explorer. Your choice. But even then, you still need a really good file manager on the phone, and you've already read, here, my take on that.
At any rate, by one means or another, you need to inspect the root of the "internal SD" storage. And you need to look, specifically, for these eight (8) folders (listed, here, in Alpha order):
Those eight folders make-up the official folder structure originally specified by the creators of the Android OS for storage purposes; and they were intended to be placed right in (or some people say "off the") root of whatever is the phone's main data storage area. In the case of the Infuse, that's the "internal SD" storage area...
...or, if you're doing the Windows PC thing, and you have the normal contingent of hard drive volumes and optical drives, likely what Windows has temporarily labeled "Drive F:"). It's the approximately 13GB-sized internal storage, in any case.
It matters not that once some of the phone manufacturers (Samsung, in the case of our Infuses) get hold of the devices, they start putting some of these eight folders beneath other folders, and so, then, start mucking-up the works! What matters is that even if the phone's manufacturer thought it was smarter to put the folders elsewhere, the bottom line is that app makers can't possibly account for all the possibilities; and so, therefore, many of them just assume that the eight folders will be right off the root, where they belong.
Sadly, not all of them are there with the Infuse... particularly after the 2.3 Gingerbread update/upgrade.
So, what you need to do is carefully examine the root of the approximately-13GB-sized "internal SD" storage, and see what of the eight folders are present, and which of them aren't. Then just create the missing ones. Simple as that.
Don't worry if the first letter of them is capitalized or not...
worry about whether there's a period at the beginning of the folder name. The....download (either singular or plural)
...folder is not the same as the...Download
) (singular or plural)
...folder. In fact, steer clear of any folder with a period at the beginning of its name. Those are system folders. Mess with any of those, and you'll "break" your phone in a big hurry.
Just look at my bulleted list of eight folders, above, and then carefully compare it with whatever you see in (or "off") the root of the "internal SD" storage; and anything that's missing, create it. Make sure that you end-up with those eight folders -- with or without capital letters at their beginnings, but spelled exactly as I spelled them -- in (or "off of") the root of the "internal SD" storage.
Then disconnect the phone from (if it's connected to) your PC; and then reboot the phone.
When it boots back up again, it will properly "see" and use all those folders in the way they were originally intended... including that the new "Download" folder will be where stuff gets downloaded to, and if you have 2.3 Gingerbread, where the stock app "Download" icon will interrogate.
Some music may get downloaded to the "Download" folder; other of it may get put straight into the "Music" folder. It'll be your job to manually review every download with your brand spankin' new file manager, and put 'em wherever they actually belong.
You may also need to download and install this app
, or maybe this one
so that you can manually force the phone to do a media scan whenever/if-ever needed. Once you move a media file from one place to another, the phone may or may not auto-sense it, and perform a media re-scan. And if it doesn't "find" all media by means of its media (re)scans, then the music player can't "see" and play them. Media re-scanning takes place automatically when the phone first boots-up; and also usually whenever the phone was used as mass storage connected to a PC, and is then unplugged therefrom; and also at other key times, including, if it's working right, whenever a media file is moved around by such as a file manager app. But sometimes media (re)scanning doesn't happen; or, worse, fails. For times like that, having a little manual rescanning app like one of the ones to which I just referred you can be helpful.
You also wrote about not knowing where the song files went. Another useful feature of any of the file managers I suggested is their search capabilities. If you structure the search correctly, either file manager should be able to find the missing files. Of course, so can the search that's built right into the phone, if you both configure it right, and also structure the search properly.
Be sure to clear your browser's history, data, cache, etc. before you go and try downloading something once you've created these eight folders. You may, if you so do, have to login to things again, but it will at least keep the browser from retaining any "memory" of wherever it downloaded stuff to before.
Hope that helps!