Downloading files from Google Chrome is relatively easy; it has a built-in download manager that works pretty well when downloading files.

But, sometimes, you might face issues while downloading specific files, like the download not working or the download is stuck in 50%, etc.

Many Android users have recently messaged us regarding the download paused on the Chrome browser. If you’ve been recently facing the same problem, here’s what you need to do.

1. Check Your Internet Connection

Check Your Internet Connection

Before trying any other method, first make sure that your internet connection is working. If it is not, there’s no point in complaining about download issues on Android.

If you are experiencing interrupted downloads, restart your WiFi device. Before trying anything else, ensure your internet connection is working.

2. Restart Your Device

Restart Your Device

Restarting the device can fix most of the problems, including the download stuck error messages. So, before trying any other methods, make sure to restart your Android device. Once done, check whether the problem persists or not.

3. Check the Storage Space

Check the Storage Space

If your phone lacks storage capacity, your download will be paused automatically. Not only on Chrome, but if your phone lacks storage, you will get download issues on other apps like Google Play Store. So, head to Settings > Storage and check whether your phone has enough storage.

If your phone lacks enough storage, uninstall the unused app or clean up the duplicate files from your device.

4. Allow Chrome to Save files on your phone

During the installation, the Chrome browser asks you to grant a few permissions, including Storage permission. If you have denied Chrome access to Storage, the browser won’t be able to save any files to your phone.

So, you need to ensure that the Chrome browser is allowed to save files on your phone. Here’s how to grant the Chrome browser Storage permission.

1. Long press the Google Chrome app icon and select App Info.


2. On the App info screen, tap on Permissions.


3. Now select Files and Media. On the Files and Media permission for this app, select Allow access to media only.

Allow access to media only

5. Turn off Data Saver

Android’s data saver is fully compatible with the Chrome browser. But, if you have accidentally blacklisted the Chrome browser on the Data saver settings, you will get download errors. Here’s how to turn off the data saver mode on an Android phone.

1. Open Settings and tap on the Mobile Network.

Mobile Network

2. On the Mobile Network screen, tap on Data Usage.

Data Usage

3. Now select Data Saving.

Data Saving

4. Turn off the Data Saving mode.

toggle off the feature

This will turn off the data-saving mode on your Android smartphone.

6. Allow Chrome to use Data in the Background

If Chrome is not downloading files on your Android, you must ensure that Chrome can use data in the background.

When Chrome is not allowed to use data in the background, your downloads will be stopped or paused once you minimize Chrome browser.

Turn off Data SaverTo allow background data usage for Chrome, open Settings > Apps > Chrome browser and enable the Allow background data usage option.

7. Disable VPN

Lots of users have reported that they have fixed the Chrome download paused problems by disabling the VPN. So, if you are using a VPN app and the Chrome downloads keep pausing in the middle, you need to disable the VPN app.

Disable VPN

8. Change the DNS servers

Change the DNS servers

ISPs provide you with default DNS servers. Sometimes, DNS tends to misbehave and hence causes problems with the internet. Unstable DNS servers often trigger errors related to DNS as well, and it also interrupts the ongoing downloads.

So, it’s best to use a Custom DNS server on Android for better-downloading speed. There are many public DNS servers available on the web that you can use for free.

9. Clear Chrome Browser Cache

Outdated cache and data are often a reason for slow download speed on Chrome browser. When the browser cache data becomes corrupt, it can disrupt certain browser processes and can lead to Chrome not downloading files issue. Hence, it’s best to clear the Chrome browser cache as well.

1. Long Press the Google Chrome app icon and select App Info.

App Info

2. On the App info screen, select Storage usage.


3. On the Storage usage, tap on the Clear Cache.

Clear Cache

10. Reinstall Chrome Browser

Reinstall Chrome Browser

If the above methods fail to fix the download issue, you must reinstall the Chrome browser. This will clear all cache, cookies, and history saved on the browser. To reinstall the Chrome browser, uninstall the app and restart the smartphone.

After the restart, head to the Google Play Store and install the Google Chrome browser.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to fix failed network errors while downloading

If you get the ‘Failed – Network error’ message while downloading files, it is likely that your internet connection isn’t stable. You can try restarting the WiFi or mobile data.

Can Chrome resume the failed downloads?

The ability to resume downloads depends on the download source. Google Chrome attempts to resume failed downloads, but if the host doesn’t support resume, it won’t be able to.

Where the downloaded files are stored on Android?

The downloaded files are stored in the Downloads folder of your Android’s internal storage. You can locate the download folder from any File Manager app.

What are the best download managers for Android?

Download Managers for Android exists, and you can get them from the Google Play Store. If you don’t want to do the manual work, you can check out our list: 10 Best Download Manager Apps For Your Android Device

So, these are the best methods to fix downloads that pause on Chrome for Android. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also.


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