FIX: Cannot Download from Google Drive in Microsoft Edge

Are you unable to download files from Google Drive in the Microsoft Edge browser? It’s pretty common. Here is how to fix the problem.

For so many users, Google Drive is their primary cloud storage service. After all, it is a practical choice due to our day-to-day dependency on different Google services and products like Gmail, Google Docs, Android, Photos, Maps, Search, etc. Like all Google services, Google Drive works perfectly fine in most major browsers. Barring the platform-specific features like offline access, you shouldn’t see any significant differences in Google Drive functionality.

As good as it is, being a Google service, it is only natural that you face some hiccups while using any other browser other than Google Chrome. Recently, I encountered a strange problem where I couldn’t download files from Google Drive in the Microsoft Edge browser.

After doing some research, I got to know that it is a fairly common problem. The issue is not with Google per se, but with Microsoft Edge blocking relevant cookies. Generally, this shouldn’t happen. However, if you or some other extension changed the cookie settings, you may be blocking essential cookies. If Google Drive cannot place cookies, you will not be able to download files.

Thankfully, the problem is relatively easy to fix. In this quick and straightforward guide, I will show you how to fix the problem you cannot download from Google Drive in the Microsoft Edge browser.

Fix ‘cannot download files from Google Drive in Microsoft Edge browser.’

Blocking cookies is the main reason for not downloading files from Google Drive in the Microsoft Edge browser. To fix it, we need to unblock the 3rd Party cookies or exclude Google Drive cookies. Here is how to do it.

  1. Open the Edge browser.
  2. Click the “Menu” (…) icon.
  3. Select the “Settings” options.
  4. Select the “Cookies and site permissions” option on the sidebar.
  5. Click on the “Cookies and site data” option under the “All Permissions” section.
  6. Turn off the “Block third-party cookies” option.
  7. You can close the Settings tab.

Below are the same steps in a bit more detail.

First thing, open the Edge browser. To do that, click the Edge taskbar icon or search for the same in the Start menu. After opening the browser, click on the “Menu” (…) icon appearing on the top right corner and select the “Settings” option from the list.

In the Settings tab, select the “Cookies and site permissions” option on the sidebar. This is where you will find all the settings related to cookies and advanced site permissions. On the right panel, click on the “Cookies and site data” option under the “All Permissions” section.

Now, turn off the “Block third-party cookies” option.

fix unable to download files from Google Drive in Microsoft Edge browser

Finally, close the Settings tab and restart the Edge browser.

Now, go to the Google Drive website and try to download a file. You should be able to do it without any hiccups.

That is all. It is that simple to fix ‘unable to download files from Google Drive in Edge browser.’

I hope that helps.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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