How to enable multiple file downloads on Chrome browsers

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Downloading files, either big or small, is a basic task we all carry out almost every day for various reasons. In most cases, a particular link will push a single file, and if there are multiple files, they are typically kept on the server as archives, which can be downloaded as a single individual file. We all know this. However, there are even some websites, basically the dynamic websites, which might push multiple files through a single link, or by carrying out a single activity on the webpage. In most cases, pushing out multiple files can be blocked by the browser, considering it to be a malware.

While malware can even push multiple files for download at once, there are even some legitimate websites that can do the same, and one of them is Google Drive. So if you are tech-savvy, you can change the settings to allow multiple file downloads from all, or a few selected websites, whichever you think is going to be useful for you. Long story short, you have the control to allow or disallow multiple downloads in hand. Google Chrome is the most popular web browser, I am here to discuss, how to enable, partially allow, or disable multiple downloads, which however is selected by default, in this article.

So without any further delay, let’s get started with the tutorial.

Step 1: Open Chrome Settings

Open Chrome settings, by clicking on the triple-dot menu, and then by clicking on ‘Settings’.

Open Chrome Settings

Step 2: Go to Site Settings of Chrome browser

Scroll down to open the advanced settings by clicking on ‘Advanced’, and then click on ‘Site Settings’.

Go to Site Settings of Chrome browser

Step 3: Chrome Automatic downloads

In ‘Site Settings’, scroll down to find ‘Automatic downloads’. Click on it to see configure the options now.

Chrome Automatic downloads

Now turn on the option that says ‘Do not allow any site to download multiple files automatically’. It will automatically turn to ‘Ask when a site tries to download files automatically after the first file (recommended)’. Now you can allow or deny multiple downloads. Each time, a website tries to push multiple files, you will get an option to confirm or deny the download.


However, you can block certain websites from offering automatic multiple downloads by clicking on ‘Add’, corresponding to ‘Block’, and then by adding the URL of the respective websites. 

download multiple files automatically on chrome browser

Step 5: Alternatively enable automatic downloads only for some specific websites

Alternatively, if you want to enable automatic downloads only for some specific websites, you can keep revert to the default settings by turning off ‘Ask when a site tries to download files automatically after the first file (recommended)’, and add the specific websites to the ‘Allow’ list by clicking on the ‘Add’ button corresponding to it.

Alternatively enable automatic downloads only for some specific websites

But for safety, I will recommend you to keep the feature turned off unless you know what you are doing, and better add only those specific websites, which you trust as legitimate sources.

This is a small neat feature, which will optimize your experience of downloading files with the help of Google Chrome or most Chromium-based websites available today.

That’s all in this. Do you any questions in your mind? Feel free to comment on the same down below.

Sarbasish Basu
From B.Tech (Hons.) Electronics & Instrumentation Engineer to Photography and Writing blogs; he ultimately has answers to everything. Oh, and he's also quite good in rapidly building a relationship and set up the trust; his articles are proof of that...


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