Android users widely use download manager apps like Turbo download manager, ADM, etc. However, you don’t need a download manager app if you use Google Chrome.

Google Chrome is the best Android web browser available out there. Downloading files from Google Chrome is relatively easy; it has a built-in download manager that works pretty well in 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.

Also read: How to Use the New Screenshot Tool of Chrome for Android

How to Fix Chrome Not Downloading Files on Android (10 Methods)

Many Android users have recently messaged us regarding the download paused on the Chrome browser. Resuming the download does nothing, and it keeps getting paused while downloading.

So, in this article, we have decided to share a few best methods that would help you to resolve Chrome not downloading files on Android issue.

1. Check Your Internet Connection

Check Your Internet Connection

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

If you are experiencing interrupted downloads, then restart your WiFi device. So, 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. This includes Storage permission as well. If you have denied Chrome to access Storage, the browser won’t be able to save any files to your phone.

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

That’s it! This will allow Chrome browser to save files on your Android phone.

5. Turn off Data Saver

Well, the data saver of Android 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, you must open Settings > Apps > Chrome browser. There you need to 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

That’s it! This will clear all saved Chrome browser cache on your Android smartphone.

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.

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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