How to bypass Google Drive Download Limit (Quota Exceeded Warning)

Want to download shared files from Google Drive but can’t download them because of the download limit. Don’t worry, here you will know how to bypass Google Drive download limit for shared files or private files.

Google Drive is one of the most popular cloud storage services available to use and it’s made available to you as soon as you’ve created an account on Google. Many people use Google Drive for backing up files and even to share files with other people. Sometimes due to excessive traffic on that particular storage location and file, Google decides to lock the file with a message that says “Download quota for a file has exceeded limits, please try again later”. Now when such a message appears, it puts off a lot of people from downloading the particular file and makes them feel worried about getting their Google account locked.

Today, we’ll be talking all about ways to bypass the security message, why it happens, and bust the myths that people believe when a message like that appears. So, let’s first know why we get the quota exceeds limit message while downloading files on Google Drive.

What causes Google Drive to show this message?

Well, there are quite a few several reasons why you might see the ‘Download quota limit exceeds” message for a particular file. It could be, for instance, the creator of that file might have shared the link onto a social media platform and everyone wants to see what it is. The file could be anything, a notepad, an image, an audio or video file. It doesn’t matter what kind of file has been uploaded. It could also be when the person has crossed the daily upload limit of 750 GB a day. The message shows up only when too many people have accessed the file for downloading.

How to bypass google drive download limit

Here is a complete error message that users get when it is already downloaded many times in a day.

Sorry you can’t view or download this file at this time.

Too many users have viewed or downloaded this file recently. Please try accessing the file again later. If the file you are trying to access is particularly large or is shared with many people, it may take up to 24 hours to be able to view or download the file. If you still can’t access a file after 24 hours, contact your domain administrator”

It’s a common issue that many of us face eventually. But the question is can we bypass the Google Drive download limit. Well sort of, you have to follow some workarounds to download the file from Google Drive even if it gives the download quota exceeded error. You have to look no more as here you will know the working method.

How to Bypass Google Drive Download Limit

The resolution depends on many different reasons. But the most common reason that cause this error is because of download bandwidth. If a number of users already download the Google Drive file in a day, then you will receive the Download quota exceed error. So let’s now see how you can bypass Google Drive download limit for shared files.

Bypassing Google Drive download limit message

To still download a file that throws up the downloaded quota exceeded warning here’s what you have to do. Make sure you use a computer for this method. You can use your phone, but the PC will be convenient.

  1. Open Google Drive and sign in with your Google Account.
  2. Now open the link of the file saved or shared in Google Drive.
  3. Once you open the link the file will be shared with your Google Drive account.
  4. Go back to your Google Drive and find the shared file that you want to download.
  5. Now create a copy of the particular file to your Google Drive folder by Right clicking the File > Make a copy. Make sure you have enough space on drive for a copy.
How to bypass google drive download limit

It will now ask you, where on your Google Drive account do you want to save it. You can either browse for a folder or create a folder that you want the file to be saved in. If it doesn’t ask, it will ask to open the file location after making a copy of the file so click on open file location.

  1. Now, open up your own Google Drive account (Skip this if you already opened the location where the copy file is saved).
  2. Open the folder where you’ve saved the copied file.
  3. Right-click the file and select Download. Or you can also select the file, and then select File from the menu bar and click on Download.
    How to bypass google drive download limit
  4. If it’s a big file then a pop-up will appear, click on ‘Download Anyway’ to continue.
    How to bypass google drive download limit
  5. Now you can select the folder where you want to save the file without any download quota limit.

And this is how you’ll be able to get access and download a file that has been locked to download from the file owner’s account.

If you are the owner of the Google Drive file

Well, if your file seems to keep throwing up a message like that then, it’s not a problem. Here is what you’ll have to do.

  • Open Google Drive on your phone or PC.
  • Now right click on the file you want to download.
  • Then select ‘Make a Copy’ option.
  • And that’s it, you can download the copy file from Google Drive.
  • Do not share the copy file as it may also breach the download limit.

You’ll see the new file with “A copy of” leading the file name. To avoid getting the same download quota message, simply restrict the file access to a few people only. If the case is that you have to share the file with the public, you can always make use of other file hosting servers such as Android File Host and Zippyshare.

Wait for 24 hours to download the file

This is not a trick to bypass Google Drive download limit, but it works if you can wait. The quota limit that appears when downloading a shared file on Google Drive reset every 24hrs. It means you can download the file in the next 24 hours if the download limit is not reached again.

Well, this is the only reliable when you don’t have the need for the file immediately. You don’t have to exactly wait for 24 hours as the limit will reset based on the timing the files is shared by the owner. So, make sure you check for the file in a few hours’ intervals.

And once the download limit is reset, you will no longer get the download quota limit error. Remember you have to download it before it reaches the limit again.

Myths surrounding such warnings

Will my Google Account get any issues or warnings for trying to access a file that has crossed its download limit?

The answer is no. Nothing will ever happen to your account. Because even people who don’t have Google Accounts can also access and download files from Google Drive which in turn means that you won’t get any warning or problems whatsoever.

I’m the owner of the file that has exceeded the download quota. What’s going to happen to my account and files stored on my drive?

Again, there is nothing to worry about at all when such messages appear. It’s just Google telling you that the file has received too much traffic and you as the owner will have to change or create a new file path. Your documents and data will still be safe. It’s only just that one particular file that will be locked from downloading.


We can’t avoid the download limit if someone else shared the file. But you can use the given methods to bypass Google Drive download limit for shared files. And if you are the one who wants to share files, you can always make a copy of it before sharing. Or the best thing you can do is upload a file to any file sharing service like Zippyshare and Android File Host. Their servers are easily able to handle large amounts of traffic without any issues. Even if it requires paying a small fee, it’s quite worth it. You’ll be able to see how many times a file has been downloaded and people don’t need to create an account to download the file.

So that’s all on how to bypass google drive download limit. I hope you find these methods useful. And if we miss any files make sure to let us know in the comment section.

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