How to enable/disable multiple downloads in Chrome

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Chrome is very capable of downloading multiple files. In fact, it’s the default setting but, it, however, has one small roadblock. If you try to download multiple files from the same website, it’ll block them. This is actually a security measure. A malicious website might download more than one file once you click on a download link and the other files might be malicious. This feature makes it so that downloads will only proceed after you must have confirmed them. Chrome primarily asks that you confirm that you were to the person who initiated all the downloads. That said, here is how you can enable/disable multiple downloads in Chrome on a per-site basis, or disable the feature altogether.

Multiple downloads in Chrome

Open Chrome and click on the more options button at the top right corner. From the menu, choose Settings. On the Settings page, all you have to do is scroll down and click on Advanced. Below the Privacy & security section click website Settings.

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Select the Automatic Downloads options. By default, the ‘Ask when a website tries to download files automatically after the first file (recommended)’ is enabled. This is actually what prompts you to confirm that a website can download multiple files when it makes an attempt to. All you have to do is turn it off and all websites will be able to download multiple files at a go.

Under the switch, you will see a list of websites that you’ve allowed to download multiple files all at once, and which of them you’ve blocked. you’ll be able to remove a website by clicking the more options button next to a website and choose Block or Remove. Likewise, you’ll be able to choose a website, click the more options button next to it, and choose the allow option to enable it to download multiple files all at once.

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All these goes without saying, that the safest and best thing to do is to enable the ‘Ask when a website tries to download files automatically after the first file (recommended)’ option, and afterwards use the block and allow lists to manage which websites can and can’t download multiple files.

If you’re visiting a very shady website that has multiple download buttons, not all of them are legit, this particular option can be of help. It’s not going to highlight the correct download link or button but just in case you end up clicking the incorrect one and it tries to download many files, Chrome will stop it.

When you allow a website to download multiple files, it will automatically be added to the allow list below the automatic downloads. Any time you wish to revoke a website’s permissions, that’s the place you should look.

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