How To Stop Google Chrome From Blocking Downloads

Google Chrome is well-known for being fast, easy to use, and secure. However, there are occasions where these qualities can lead to some frustration. An example of this is when users attempt to download files and Chrome intervenes to prevent it.

Chrome’s security protocols are designed to protect your system from harmful files. So, when a download is blocked, it’s usually because the source or the file itself seems suspicious. While this is generally a good thing, it can also get in the way of legitimate downloads.

In this blog post, we will guide you on how to stop Google Chrome from blocking downloads. But remember, proceed with this only if you are certain that the files you’re attempting to download are safe.

Disabling Chrome’s Safe Browsing Feature

The primary reason why Chrome blocks downloads is its Safe Browsing feature. Disabling this feature can stop Chrome from blocking your downloads. Here’s how you can do this:

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click on the three dots at the top-right corner of the browser to open the menu.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Scroll down and click on Privacy and security.
  5. Select the Security option.
  6. Under the Safe Browsing section, choose No Protection (not recommended).

Please note that by choosing this option, you are disabling Google’s Safe Browsing feature, which can protect your computer from potentially harmful files, websites, and applications. Use this option only if you’re sure about the safety of the download.

Allowing a Specific Download

If you want to allow only a specific download that Chrome has blocked, you can do that as well. Here’s how:

  1. After Chrome blocks your download, click on Show All on the download bar at the bottom.
  2. This will open the Downloads page. Find your blocked download here.
  3. Click on the Recover malicious file option next to it.
  4. In the pop-up that appears, click on Show all and then click on Keep anyway.

Please note that by choosing to recover a file that’s been flagged as malicious, you run the risk of introducing harmful elements to your system. It’s best to be certain of the file’s safety before choosing this option.

We hope this guide helps you overcome any download issues you might be facing with Google Chrome. As always, prioritize your system’s security and only download files from trusted sources.