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How to Download From Google Drive Without Zipping

By Pranab Sen

✎ Key Takes:

» You can find the option to download large Google Drive files without zipping when using the Google Drive app on your PC.
» You can try using the Google Drive app for direct downloads without zipping, ensuring a seamless experience for files exceeding 15 GB in size.


However, if you want to download a file that is shared can be a maximum of 5TB as that is the maximum file size that even a premium account can upload.

How to Download From Google Drive Without Zipping:

While downloading multiple files from Google Drive on a desktop via a browser, it automatically zips them into one big file for convenience.

But the compression takes a lot of time & you have some ways to download those Google Drive files without making any zip.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: First of all, Download Google Drive for the desktop. Scroll down & click on the ‘Download’ button under ‘For Individuals’.

Step 2: Open & install the downloaded program. It automatically downloads the assets & installs features. Just make sure your internet is working during installation.

Step 3: Now, sign in to the Google account that contains the files you want to download or have access to.

Step 4: After signing in, it will present you with the option to sync your files from your desktop to the cloud. Uncheck the boxes if you are not interested in this feature.


Step 5: In the next panel, you will see two options, to sync the whole drive or the specific files. This is the important part, as the files you select will be saved to your desktop.


Click on the second option, ‘Sync everything in My Drive’ & select the folder you want. (The first option is to download the whole drive folder, ignore this feature if you don’t need it.)

Step 6: Click on the ‘START’ button & it will create a folder named Google Drive on your PC, the files will be downloaded here. From there, you can cut, copy or edit them in any way you want.

That’s All.

What to do if Google Drive large file download fails:

While downloading files from Google Drive, you might come across this error message: Failed – Network error.

Below are some solutions that can help you:

🏷 1. Try another browser or Incognito Mode:

To download the file, several users have found that this method aided them in completing the download.

🏷 2. Disable the extensions in your browser:

Temporarily deactivating the extension can help Google Drive download file/s smoothly. You can disable these add-ons by going into the browser settings.

🏷 3. Google Drive isn’t downloading files after zipping: 

Turn off your anti-virus and firewall settings. Go to your desktop’s anti-virus application, then go to its settings to pause it temporarily, and disable real-time scanning.

To turn off the Windows Firewall, follow these steps:

Step 1: Press the Start button.

Step 2: Type ‘Windows Firewall’.

Step 3: Click on the “Windows Defender Firewall” icon to open the application.

Step 4: Click on ‘Turn off Windows Firewall’ to disable it. (Use the same setting to turn it on.)

To disable the Firewall on the Apple desktop, follow these steps:

Step 1: From your desktop toolbar, click on the Apple menu (Apple icon) on the top left.

Step 2: Click on System Preferences.

Step 3: Choose ‘Security’ when you get the system preferences.

Step 4: Click on the Firewall tab.

Step 5: To unlock the panel, click on the lock in the lower-left corner & input admin details to proceed.

Step 6: Click the ‘Stop’ button.

Step 7: You will get the notification saying ‘Firewall Off.’

Step 8: Click on OK to save the changes.

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