How to Resume an Interrupted Download in Any Browser

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ie 04 view downloadsUnfortunately, a stable internet connection can drop out right when you need it the most, in the middle of an important download. No matter if it's because of a bad router, a problem with your service provider or spotty 4G service, you're left with an incomplete file that's useless until the process is done. Once you've done all the hard work of getting everything up and running again, you're probably not looking to start that very large download over again from square one. 

Thankfully, you can restart your download right from where your service abandoned you, and it's very simple if you're using Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari and do-able but more complex in Chrome.

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How to Resume an Interrupted Download in Firefox

1.  Click the Downloads icon.

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2. Click the curving arrow.

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Your download will resume from where it stopped.

ff 03 restarted download

How to Resume an Interrupted Download in Internet Explorer

1. Click the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner.

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2. Select View downloads from the menu.

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3. Click Resume.

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Your download will resume from where it stopped.

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How to Resume an Interrupted Download in Safari

1. Click the Downloads icon in the upper right-hand corner.

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2. Click the curving arrow.

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Your download will resume from where it stopped.

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How to Resume an Interrupted Download in Chrome

This is more complicated, and requires the free software Wget. We describe the process in full here.

Henry T. Casey is a staff writer at Tom’s Guide. Follow him on Twitter @henrytcasey. Follow us @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.


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After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • Gokul Says:

    In Firefox when I clicked the curved arrow download started all over again.

  • ikomrad Says:

    I tried this on Safari to resume a google takeout download, and it says "invalid link"..I then paste the link google emailed me back into the browser, it prompts me for me password even though I'm already logged in. it starts a new download each time even though the .download file ia already there..

    I'm on my 4th try to download this fire so that I can delete my Google account.


  • nubie Says:

    Above methode will only work if you immeditely resume your DL session right after it failed.
    in case above method doesnt work, and your attempt to resume download keeps failing, do these steps:
    1. Assume you already have partial download file (.part), move this file to different location.
    2. Start new download and then pause it. By doing this, it will create another .part file.
    3. Copy the old .part file that you move earlier (step 1) to the download folder to replace the new .part file.
    4. Resume the download

  • Christian ICE De Groof Says:

    For Safari,

    That is what safari should do and it would be very nice but it is NOT so.
    The download restarts at the beginning, that's all. I already lost 18 Gigs of my 55GB/month ... Boring.

  • DMSO-15 Says:

    This doesn't work. The download keeps failing.

  • My-name-is-less-than-5-characters Says:

    Completely untrue. These RESTART the download. They don't resume it.

  • ScottB Says:

    I've been trying to download a 1.9GB file for 2 days. IE11 says it will take more than 12 hours, and if I start d-loading late at night, the next afternoon it still has a few hours to go. So far, so good. But if I start reading my email or read the news on msn the download always gets interrupted, and resuming ALWAYS restarts it from the beginning. It almost seems like I have to not use the computer at all until it's finished.

    Any thoughts? I'm now back to the beginning yet again, and it's very frustrating. It seems like every time it fails I first get a msg that or is not responding, followed invariably by the interrupted msg which is always followed by the download restart.

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