Our internet connections can suddenly go out when we need them the most, thanks to weak Wifi, bad service, or unstable 4G connections. It is very frustrating when a large file is being downloaded in Chrome and suddenly your computer hangs or your internet connection gets disconnected without any warning. What’s worse is that in order for your computer or your Wifi connection to work again, you have to reboot it first. Also, there are scenarios where your computer gets plugged out of the power outlet. You have no choice but to re-download these files again.
This process of downloading an important file on Chrome can become more time-consuming when your download gets interrupted. One simple error on your connection or your computer will make you wait more than expected. You will notice that the large file you are downloading before the reboot starts is already not on the Downloads window. You might start from scratch over and over again when the interrupted download continues to happen or when the file you’re downloading is already gone.
You have to restart the whole downloading process when you lose an internet connection or your video gets interrupted. You will not be able to get 100% completion of your download because Google Chrome can’t use the file fragment you have downloaded already.
Today, because of weak Wifi, bad service, or unstable 4G connections, Google Chrome has made a feature that will allow users to continue what they are downloading on their computer when it stops unexpectedly.
Use the Download Manager to Resume Downloads
You can use the download manager of Google Chrome to resume your interrupted downloads. It displays all your downloads, including the completed, failed, active, and canceled downloads so it can be easier for you to manage each one, whether you want to delete a download, move it to another folder, or resume it when it got interrupted.
Resuming downloads in Google Chrome’s Download Manager is easy, but there are websites that won’t allow you to resume an interrupted download. You need to go to the website again and download the file. You can redownload the file in the download manager as well if the web server allows you to.
Here’s how you can resume downloads using Download Manager.
1. Open your browser and type chrome://downloads in the address bar to open the Download Manager. Press Enter on your keyboard. For macOS, you can press the Command+J key on your keyboard as a shortcut. While for Windows, you can press the Ctrl+J key.
2. Look for the interrupted download. Click the Resume button below the file.
3. Your download will now resume downloading from where it left off. There are websites that won’t allow you to resume an interrupted download. You need to go to the website again and download the file. You can redownload the file in the download manager as well if the web server allows you to.
Use WGet to Resume Downloads
If the Download Manager method didn’t work and the interrupted download didn’t resume, then you should try using WGet. This free and handy application retrieves web content from servers. Its name came from the combination of the World Wide Web and Get.
It’s an open-source application that is part of the GNU project. It requires the interrupted download, uses the command line to allow interrupted downloads to resume, and a piece of free software. The command line step might be a little complex, but we will make the steps easier for you.
1. On your browser, head over to WGet’s download page. Choose the right package for your computer. For this guide, we used Windows.
2. Download the app. Install and extract the file contents in a folder. To make it convenient, move the extracted file on the default download folder of Chrome.
3. Next, open your browser and type chrome://downloads in the address bar to open the Download Manager. Press Enter on your keyboard. For macOS, you can press the Command+J key on your keyboard as a shortcut. While for Windows, you can press the Ctrl+J key.
4. Look for the WGet file and right-click the website of the source file. A pop-up menu will appear on the screen. Choose the Copy Link Address option on the pop-up.
5. Click the More button. It has a three-dot icon located at the upper-right corner of the Download Manager window. Choose the Open Downloads Folder option on the pop-up.
6. Look for the file. Once done, right-click it and change the name. Click the Rename option on the menu.
7. Select the word “.crdownload” on the file name and delete it. It’s at the end of the file name. Press Enter on your keyboard afterward.
8. You might get a “Unconfirmed.crdownload” filename as a default when you download the file. You have to rename the whole file if this happens. All you have to do is go to the source URL that you copied.
9. A notification will appear on the screen. Click Yes to continue.
10. Open the Command Prompt app on your computer. For macOS, open the Terminal app. Go to the folder where the extracted WGet and file is located. Type wget -c <theSourceFilesDownloadWebsite>.
11. Once done, press Enter on your keyboard. The interrupted download will now resume downloading or the file will start re-downloading again.
12. When the download is complete, close the Terminal or the Command Prompt. Open the downloaded file and check if the download was done properly.