How To Resume an Interrupted Download in Chrome

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Thanks to bad service, unstable 4G connections or weak Wi-Fi, our internet connections can go out on us right when we need them the most. One of the most frustrating times that can happen is during the middle of an important download in Chrome. One flaw in your connection can make this once simple process take much longer than it needs to, putting you in a Möbius strip-like loop of requesting the file over and over again, always starting off from scratch.

Thankfully, you can restart your download right from where your connection abandoned you. This may not be a big problem for other web browsers, but Google's Chrome has no way to use the fragment of the file you already downloaded to get you towards 100% completion.

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Here is how to take your partially downloaded file and make it whole:

Do not close Chrome, because that will delete the partial download of the file you want.

1. Download Wget, an application made for just this process: downloading files from web servers.

2. Change the destination of the installed files when you install Wget. It should not go into the Program Files folder, because you will need to move files to it.

02 wget01

 3. Find the partially downloaded file, and copy it.

03 find uncompleted file 675403

4. Paste it into the /Bin directory that is inside of the Wget folder you installed.

04 copy file to bin folder 675403

5. Delete ".crdownload" from the end of the partially downloaded file.

05 remove crdownload

6. Click Yes.

5b confirm

7. Hold Shift and click on the white space in the window that has the copied partial download. Click "Open command window here"

06 shift click command window

8. Navigate to chrome:\\downloads in your browser, right-click on the download, and select "Copy Link Address"

8b 2745401436295971

9. In the Command window that opens up, type "wget -c " and then paste in the URL you copied from Chrome. 

08 Paste in110. Click Enter, the download will begin.

09 download resumes11. When the file transfer in the Command window says 100%, the file has finished downloading.

10 done 2745401436295973


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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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  • Jasleen kaur Says:

    sir,i want to ask you that it show wget-c is not recognised as internal or external command...why so??

  • Harry Says:

    OK, let's make it quick and dirty.
    For me, it initially didn't work as it said 'unable to establish SSL connection', because the address had https instead of http. However, it provided me the answer too, after url, just insert space and this:
    It connects insecurely but works like a charm!

  • Siddhant Says:

    for me it says "Unable to establish SSL connection"
    i have a working internet. any suggestion?
    FYI the file i was trying to download is from google drive.

  • Piyush Rudani Says:

    Thanks Man.....!! its working.

  • Abubakar sheikh Says:

    Can i close chrome during downloading?

  • Ray Restu Fauzi Says:

    It's really helpfull man, big thanks :')

  • sajith guru Says:

    504 gate way timed out are shown in cmd window.
    what can i do?

  • LHOOQ Says:

    Thanks a lot! Very helpfull.......

  • sjg sr. Says:

    my file name just ends with .mp4 it doesnt have .crddownload in the end , what to do?

  • HelpMePlease Says:

    what do I do if "wget -c" is "not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file"?

  • Enrique Says:

    I looked for a solution for one whole day buh didnt find one, thanks for your step by step solutions i was finally able to resume my 2.7 GB file which only went upto 73%
    Thanks again :)

  • Joel Rodríguez Says:

    If you're getting errors while executing the command you should put the URL in between "". This will avoid unexpected "parameters"from happening.

  • Nice... Says:

    ...really nice, man, thanks. ;)

  • Sanoop Says:

    Thanks , Saved a lot of time for me.

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