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All too often you’ll go to download something in Google Chrome, only to get the message “file may be dangerous so Chrome blocked it”, “file can not be downloaded securely”, or “Failed – blocked”. Sometimes, Chrome is protecting you from harm, but at other times it may be blocking something completely safe. So, how to stop Chrome from blocking downloads and avoid this? That’s what we’re going to show you today.

How Google Chrome blocks downloads

First, though, let’s talk a little about the situations where Google Chrome blocks downloads and why you might want to listen to its warnings. There are actually a few reasons your browser may block a download, and not all of them are 100% accurate.

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The most black and white block is when Chrome sees a file that has previously been identified as malware. The second-most is when it has previously identified the website you’re downloading it from as suspicious. However, Chrome may also block downloads if it can’t identify the file type, the executable is not signed with a certificate, you’re downloading multiple files at once, or a file type is being served over an insecure, HTTP connection despite being on a HTTPS site.

Unfortunately, Chrome makes it difficult to discern for which reason it has blocked your download. However, if you are sure it’s safe, we’ll be showing you how to stop Chrome blocking downloads either individually or when you try to download multiple files at once. Let’s get started:

How To Stop Chrome From Blocking Downloads

You can turn off all Chrome download blocking in your Chrome download settings. However, do bear in mind that this represents a security risk. It’s best to only do this for a short period.

  1. Open Chrome settings

    Press the three dots in the top-right corner and your Chrome window and hit “Settings”.

    Windows 10 - Chrome - More - Settings

  2. Click on “Security”

    Windows 10 - Chrome - More - Settings - Privacy & Security - Security

  3. Scroll down until you see “No protection (not recommended) and tick it

    Windows 10 - Chrome - More - Settings - Privacy & Security - Security - Non Protection

  4. Press “Turn off”

    Windows 10 - Chrome - More - Settings - Privacy & Security - Security - Non Protection - Turn Off

How To Make Chrome Not Block Automatic Downloads

Another issue that you may run into with Chrome occurs when a site tries to download multiple files in a short period automatically. This can be useful when trying to download multiple files quickly, but can also be a sign that a website is trying to download additional files when you didn’t ask it to.

If you want to turn this blocking feature off, though, you can. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Open Chrome settings

    Click the three dots in the top-right corner of your browser and press “Settings”.

    Windows 10 - Chrome - More - Settings

  2. Click “Advanced” at the bottom of the screen

    Windows 10 - Chrome - More - Settings - Advanced

  3. Scroll down to the download section and toggle off “Ask where to save each file…”

    Windows 10 - Chrome - More - Settings - Advanced - Downloads - Ask where to Save On

  4. In the “Privacy and security” section, click “Site Settings”

    Windows 10 - Chrome - More - Settings - Privacy & Security - Site Settings

  5. Look for “Additional permissions” and press “Automatic downloads”

    Windows 10 - Chrome - More - Settings - Privacy & Security - Site Settings - Additional Permissions - Automatic Downloads

  6. Tick “Don’t allow sites to automatically download multiple files”

    Doing this will make it so Chrome won’t download multiple files automatically, but don’t worry – we’ll add exceptions for specific sites in the next step.

    Windows 10 - Chrome - More - Settings - Privacy & Security - Site Settings - Additional Permissions - Automatic Downloads - Uncheck D´ont Allow

  7. Find “Allowed to automatically download multiple files” and press “Add”

    Windows 10 - Chrome - More - Settings - Privacy & Security - Site Settings - Additional Permissions - Automatic Downloads - Add Site

  8. Enter the URL of the site you want to allow automatic downloads from and press “Add”

    Windows 10 - Chrome - More - Settings - Privacy & Security - Site Settings - Additional Permissions - Automatic Downloads - Add Site

  9. Add any additional sites to your allowed list

    They should show up under the “Allowed to automatically download multiple files” heading.

    Windows 10 - Chrome - More - Settings - Privacy & Security - Site Settings - Additional Permissions - Automatic Downloads - Add Site - Result

How to Disable the Pop-up Blocker in Chrome or Save an Entire Webpage

With that, you should have a good idea of how to stop Chrome from blocking most downloads. However, you may want to make a few more tweaks to your browser to better suit a power user. You can, for example, disable Chrome’s built-in pop-up blocker if it’s blocking legitimate pop-ups.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking to download an entire webpage, rather than just a file, you can follow our guide here.

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