An internet connection can be uncertain at times, and a sudden drop in connectivity while downloading a large file can be frustrating. Sometimes, you might have to download the file from scratch because Chrome can’t detect the file fragment you just downloaded. However, Google Chrome lets you resume downloads if they unexpectedly stop.
Causes for Partial Downloads
We cannot entirely blame Chrome for interrupted downloads. There are a few reasons why a partial or incomplete download can occur.
- The web server doesn’t allow you to resume a download and forces it to start from the beginning.
- If your internet connection is slow or the server gets overloaded with requests, then a timeout can result in incomplete downloads.
- The source file is corrupted. In such a case, you’ll experience a partial download no matter which browser you use
Resume Downloads Using Chrome’s Download Manager
Google Chrome has a built-in download manager to display all your downloads—whether it’s active, failed, canceled, or completed. The manager opens in its own tab and shows a list of every file you’ve ever downloaded in Chrome. To open the download manager click on the three-dot icon on the top right corner of the window and scroll down to “downloads”. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+J on Windows or Command+J on macOS.
In the downloads list, find the failed item and click “Resume”.
If everything goes right, your download will resume from where it left off before you were disconnected.
That’s the default way to resume an interrupted download in Google Chrome. However, If the download manager of the default web browser doesn’t have the partially downloaded file you want to resume, you will have to resume the download process manually. The following two steps will help you how to resume downloads manually.
1. Download and install Ultra File Opener, which provides you with the original download URL.