Downloading Multiple Files Automatically in Google Chrome

Set Chrome to Ask Before Downloading Multiple Files

Apple computer with Google Chrome


When you download a file from a website using Google's Chrome browser, the file is either saved to a user-defined location or opened with its associated application. Some websites may attempt to download additional files after the first download. In the majority of cases, the intent of this action is honest and purposeful. However, some malicious sites may look to exploit this feature with nefarious motives in mind. Because of this, Chrome allows you to configure its settings regarding multiple downloads.

How to Manage Multiple File Downloads in Chrome

  1. First, open your Chrome browser.

  2. Click on the main menu button, represented by three vertically aligned dots and located in the upper right corner of the browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, select the Settings option. You can also access Chrome's settings interface by entering chrome://settings in the Chrome address bar.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Settings screen and click Advanced to reveal the Privacy and security settings.

  4. Click the arrow next to the Content settings entry.

  5. Scroll down in the Content settings screen until you locate the Automatic downloads section and click the arrow next to the entry.

  6. You have two options. Use the slider next to Do not allow any site to download multiple files automatically to turn on this restriction. This setting causes Chrome to block all automatic subsequent file downloads following the first one, which you initiate. If you move the slider to the off position, you see Ask when a site tries to download files automatically after the first file, which is the recommended setting. This option will prompt you each time a website attempts to download multiple files automatically following the first one.

You can also block or whitelist specific websites for this functionality in the Automatic downloads screen.