How to change where EA Origin installs games on your PC
Don't let Origin fill up space on the wrong drive.
As with many other services, EA's Origin game download client will automatically install things on your PC's main drive — the one Windows is installed on. This might not be a problem if you only have a single, large capacity drive. But if you're running a combination of a small SSD and a large mass storage HDD, you'll need to point Origin to the larger drive so you don't waste precious flash storage space.
The Origin client also recently started getting an overhaul, and things aren't quite as obviously easy to find any more. Here's what you need to do.
- In the top menu bar, select Origin.
- Click on Application settings.
- Select Installs and saves from the window you now see.
- Under on your computer find game library location.
- Click change folder.
- Select or create the desired folder on your mass storage drive.
- Click select folder.
This won't affect any installs you already have on your PC but it will mean that anything that you download in the future will go to it. Simple as that!
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I have been trying it out and the new update is really nice, quite snappy. It does have a sort of Uplay vibe to it now though.
Origin has the best security system. Now even I can't change my account password (they require secret question which I can't remember, why keep asking for it while I have my e-mail tho)
Lmfao, I also went through this hassle but I don't really know how I ended up changing that password. Good luck
I'd like it to look more like a Windows app on a PC instead of looking like an iPhone app
They should have given the option to move the games from one location to the other.