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[2019 Fix] Google Chrome not downloading files

Updated on Apr 02, 2019 by Jean to Resource


There are so many fixes for "Google Chrome is not downloading files" error can be found on the internet, but which one is the most helpful? This page will analyze deeply why your Chrome browser disallows you to download any type of files and give you a corresponding troubleshooting. Some of the fixing methods will restore your browser to its original defaults. If the browsing history or bookmarks were unfortunately removed. Don't panic though, we left a data recovery plan for you in the end.

Google Chrome can't download files anymore

"Why won't Google Chrome let me download files anymore? I used to download email attachments, pictures and music very easily. Since last week, it's no longer downloading any type of files from any website. What's the matter?"

Google Chrome is so simple and powerful that everyone loves it. But recently I found that one issue is under heated discussion on some major-related forums: Google Chrome is not downloading files!

After clicking the download button/icon on a web page, the request is not responding. Or, while selecting a location to preserve the download(s), the required download prompt box doesn't appear as usual. After many searches on the internet, Chrome fans said that they still don't find a confirmed solution to solve the problem.

How to fix file download problems in Google Chrome?

According to Google Chrome Help page - fix file download errors in Google Chrome, if you get an error message on Chrome when you try to download apps, themes or other files, try to fix the most file download errors with the troubleshooting steps:

Step 1. Make sure your Internet connection is working normally. Fix Internet stability issues if the connection is unstable.

Step 2. Try to download the file later.

Step 3. Contact the website owner.

There, on the linked page, you can find more 'error messages' related to this problem in downloading files with Chrome, such as Chrome network failed, download blocked, no file, virus scan failed, disk full, insufficient permissions, system busy, needs authorization or forbidden. All those errors are responsible for Chrome not being able to download files.

Further Troubleshooting "Chrome not downloading files" issue without sending an error message

Some people are not so lucky, they can't finish any download in Chrome, what's worse, without receiving a warning or error message indicating where the process went wrong.

In this case, it's time to take some bigger and further measures. After reading numerous stories telling how people fix the downloading problems in Chrome, we summed up 4 effective solutions which I hope to be a permanent cure.

1_ Do some basic cleaning work. These are what you can try: reset settings to Chrome's original defaults, run Chrome cleanup tool, clearing all history and cache.

I guess you may be interested in how to recover cache files in Google Chrome.

2_ Uncheck Use hardware acceleration option. Go to Chrome Menu ->Settings ->Show Advanced Settings -> Under System, uncheck Use hardware acceleration when available ->Restart Chrome. 

3_ Delete all Google folders. Open Run in Windows 10, 8 or 7 and type Regedit ->delete all Google folders inside registry editor.

4_ Disable all extensions that work as download managers. Also, some third-party download apps.

Tips for Chrome history & bookmarks recovery after resetting

Some of the fixing methods will restore your browser to its original defaults or delete the Google folder. If the browsing history or bookmarks were unfortunately removed. Don't panic though, we left a data recovery plan for you here, to assist you to recover Chrome history in Windows and restore Chrome bookmarks on Mac.

Since Google has a temporary folder that stores some cache files related to browsing history and bookmarks, you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, the most powerful third-party free recovery software to restore missing or lost Chrome data from its temporary folder, even the folder has been deleted on a local disk.

1. Download and install EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer.

2. Use the data recovery tool to search for and recover your lost data.

  • Choose a storage location or a specific folder where your data was lost and then click the Scan button.
select a location and click scan
  • When the scan is complete, locate the recoverable files or folders from the list of scan results.
scan lost data
  • Select files and then click the Recover button. When choosing a location to save the recovered data, you should not use the original drive.
select wanted data and click recover

This long post introduces multiple ways to fix Google Chrome not downloading files, including a general troubleshooting and a further attempt. Hope it works and finally your favorite browser is getting back to normal.