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8 Nifty Ways To Fix Google Drive Download Problems
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8 Nifty Ways To Fix Google Drive Download Problems

Google Drive is a go-to cloud storage medium for many users. In fact, it has more than 1 billion users across the globe. On a regular basis, many of us download files from Google Drive to work on them later. But, what if you are just not able to do that. Needn’t jitter, let’s take the issue head on and by the end of the blog you will be able to resolve the issue.

Ways To Fix Google Drive Download Issues –

1. Check Your Internet Connection

One of the reasons why you might be facing the Google Drive problem could be because of a weak internet connection. In that scenario, you can check the speed of your Wi-Fi, switch your router on and off, or in adverse conditions even reset your router. In case, you are unable to download a file on your smartphone, you can check your cellular network and the network strength of your mobile data

2. Disable Extensions

You can try disabling the recently installed extension. It so happens at times that malicious extensions tend to create a lot of issues and the Google Drive download problem could be one of them. To disable an extension –

1. Click on the menu (three vertical dots at the top right corner of the screen)

2. Click on the More Tools option and then on Extensions

Disable Extensions

3. Now, remove any recently installed extensions one by one while checking alongside if you are able to download files from Google Drive or not

google drive download problem

3. Restart Your Computer

A simple way to fix the Google Drive download problem is to restart your computer. This will help any minute issues which would have abruptly hampered the file download. In most cases, this should resolve the issue.

4. Switch To Another Browser

If you are facing the Google Drive download problem, you can switch to an alternate browser. You can then open, sign in, and check if you are able to download files. You can also check if the problem is persisting while downloading files from Google Drive or from any other website as well.

5. Use Incognito Mode

Use Incognito Mode

If you are cant download files from Google Drive in normal mode, you can switch to the incognito mode and then try downloading files once again. To quickly switch to the incognito mode press Ctrl + Shift + N. Now, sign in to your Google Drive account once again, and retry downloading the file.

6. Clear Cache And Cookies

It is quite possible that there is some account information, cookies or cache which are possibly causing issues because of which you are not able to download files from Google Drive. A simple way to overcome this issue is to clear cache and cookies. To do that –

1. Click on the three vertical dots

2. Go to Settings

3. Scroll down and under Privacy and security click on Clear browsing data

Clear Cache And Cookies

4. Click on Clear Data

Clear Cache

7.  Re-Sign Into Your Account

Resigning into your Google account is a handy and effective way to fix the Google Drive download problem. in this method, you can log out of all the Google accounts once and then re-login once again. Now, you can check if you are able to download files from Google Drive.

8. Reset Google Chrome Settings

Many users have notified that by resetting Chrome settings they were again able to download files from Google Drive. This method disables all extensions some of which might be malicious and stopping you from downloading files from Google Drive. It also clears browser cache and cookies. Here’s how you can reset Google Chrome Settings –

1. Go to the menu (three vertical dots at the top right corner of the screen)

2. Scroll down and click on the Advanced button

3. Under Reset and cleanup click on Restore settings to their original defaultsReset Google Chrome Settings


4. Click on Reset Settings

Reset Settings

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Fix Google Drive Download Error?

There are several ways to fix Google Drive download problems such as clearing browser cache, restarting the computer, re – signing into your account, resetting Chrome settings and more. We have explained all such methods in the blog above.

How to Download A File in Google Drive?

Downloading a file from Google Drive is simple.  All you have to do is right-click on the file and then click on the download option.

What are the kind of issues faced when you encounter Google Drive download problems?

  • Sorry, you can’t view or download this file at this time
  • File stuck on downloading
  • Download blocked
  • A file in Google Drive takes forever to download

Wrapping Up

Not being able to download files from Google Drive can be very frustrating especially if you frequently use Google Drive as your primary cloud storage medium. For time being till you are able to resolve the issue, you can use other cloud storage mediums as well. And, if the blog has helped you fix the issue, do let us know in the comments section below and upvote the blog.

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  1. CHTN

    Restarting the computer & resetting Chrome settings are the initial steps we follow usually.. so thank you for opening up new doors

  2. Chris Smith

    Resetting Google Settings worked for me.

  3. Gajendra singh

    I was facing this issue. Thanks for this guide

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