13 Fixes For Download Failed Network Error in Google Chrome

For fixing the download failed error in your Google Chrome Browser, you may need to check and configure a few settings to make it work.

To fix Download Failed Network Error in Google Chrome, perform the below fixes:

  • Make Sure Your Internet Connection Is Working
  • Clear Cache & Cookies
  • Try To Download In Incognito Window
  • Update Google Chrome
  • Create A New Chrome Profile
  • Change Download Destination Folder
  • Reset Chrome Settings to fix Download Failed Network Error
  • Use A Different Browser
  • Check Security Setting & Disable HTTP/Port Checking for Antivirus
  • Remove Harmful Programs Using Chrome
  • Install Latest Versions Of Your Network Drivers
  • Uninstall & Reinstall Chrome
  • Edit host files

1. Make Sure Your Internet Connection Is Working

To fix failed network error, the first thing you need to do is to check whether the Internet connection is working or not. Most of the misconceptions happen due to the poor network. And if you are facing issues in loading or downloading, restart your wi-fi and wait for at least 60 seconds.

And I suggest you use a mobile hotspot because it is the best alternative to a wi-fi router. It will smoothly download all the files for you. And you can wait for your ISP to repair the Internet problem.  

2. Clear Cache & Cookies

The problem is often due to cookies and cache, which get stored in our system. And it could be the reason behind errors in downloading. So you have to do some cleaning of your browser. 

Method:01 – Go to the Settings option and scroll a little down. Under the head Privacy and Settings, you will see the Clear browsing data option, click on it, and now click Clear data. It will clear all the cache and cookies from your Chrome browser

Clearing browsing data For Download Failed Network Error in Google Chrome

Method:02- Alternatively, you can use a shortcut to execute Ctrl+shift+del in the Chrome browser, which will open the window for clearing the browsing data. And click Clear data.

3. Try To Download In Incognito Window

Sometimes you can not download files in a regular window. So you may need to switch to an incognito window. To open incognito mode, execute Shift+CTRL+N on Windows. And for Mac, you can do Shift+Command+N. Now, try downloading the files and see if this works.

4. Update Google Chrome

We often do not focus on which version of the browser we are using. And many times, this becomes a hurdle in file downloading. So to update it follow the below commands:

  1. Open Google Chrome Browser.
  2. Click on the three dots present in the top right corner.
  3. Now, click on Help, followed by About Google Chrome.
download updates if available
  1. Now, if updates are available, install the updates and then try downloading the files.

5. Create A New Chrome Profile

You may also try creating a new Chrome Profile instead. Create a new profile and download the same file. If this does not help you, delete the old profile and use the new one. To create a New Chrome Profile, obey the below instructions:

  1. In Google Chrome, click on the profile icon and then click on add.
click add to create a new profile
  1. Now, sign in with your Gmail account or if you own any other profile already, continue with that account. 

6. Change Download Destination Folder

To change the download destination folder, open chrome browser, and browser settings. Now, scroll down to the bottom of the settings page and click on Advanced.

As you click on it, more options will appear on the page. Now scroll a little more, and under the Downloads heading, you must see the option to change the destination folder. Now you can set the download destination folder according to your leisure.

change download location

7. Reset Chrome Settings to fix Download Failed Network Error

Chrome comes with a default setting in it. And you can change it according to your needs. But a few times, due to incorrect settings, problems may occur in downloading the files. So for switching all the details to their default configuration:

  1. Open Chrome settings
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and click on Advanced.
reset chrome settings
  1. Now, scroll down to the bottom and click on Restore settings to their original defaults.

8. Use A Different Browser

Another way to resolve this issue is to change your browser. When you experience such errors on your browsers, try using another browser to download a file. Many users say that this method solves the difficulty and then check whether they can download the file.

9. Check Internet Security Settings & Disable HTTP/Port Checking for Antivirus

While launching applications and unsafe files from an unknown source, your Antivirus software may consider it suspicious or risky. And which may further cause you errors while downloading files from that particular source. So to fix this, you may need to disable those settings. 

  1. Open your Antivirus software.
  2. Go to the Settings page.
  3. Now, locate Advanced settings, Additional, or Components settings that may differ in each Antivirus programs.  
  4. And find HTTPS scanning or Encrypted connection scanning. 
  5. Once you get to the HTTP scanning and ports scanning. Uncheck it and save all the settings.

Now try downloading the files. And see if the problem is gone.

10. Remove Harmful Programs Using Chrome

To remove the unwanted program, follow the steps given below:

  1. Open your Google Chrome.
  2. Type chrome://settings/ in the address bar and go to the advanced option. [Open Google Chrome Settings]
  3. Select the advanced option and scroll down to where you can see the Clean up computer option. 
  1. Click on find and wait for the process to finish.

11. Install Latest Versions Of Your Network Drivers

Open Device Manager by searching it on the taskbar. Alternatively, you can also do – Windows key + R. This will open the Run application. Now, type devmgmt. MSC in the dialog box. And hit enter. Expand Network adapters and right-click on the adapters to update or uninstall them.

Updating the network drivers

12. Uninstall & Reinstall Chrome

Still, your chrome issue is not solved? Then you may go with uninstalling the Chrome browser and then reinstalling it. First, uninstall your Chrome browser and reinstall it from the official website of Chrome, and now set up all the settings to your needs. And then check whether your problem is solved or not. For uninstalling Chrome:

  1. Search Chrome in the taskbar.
Uninstalling the Google Chrome
  1. Now click on Uninstall from the options stated. And proceed with the uninstallation process.

13. Edit host files

To edit the host files, follow the following steps:

  1. Open Run by executing the Windows key + R command. 
  2. Now, copy-paste C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc in the input window and press enter. 
  3. Open the file name as hosts in the notepad.
Opening the system file named as hosts
  1. Remove all the lines containing clients2.google.com and save the file. And if no such entries exist, do not modify the file.

Now, scan your device for malware with the Windows defender firewall or any antivirus you have and try downloading the file again.

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