Google Drive provides you with tons of storage for free to start with. Meanwhile, you can organize your data by folders and share files with anyone. Most importantly, if you saved your data in Google Drive, you do not need to worry! But when it comes to sharing large files, you should worry a little much because Google doesn’t allow you to download large files off your Drive storage that easily.
When you share your file link with someone, it will show “Google Drive can’t scan this file for viruses” to the end-user. Even after that, it will show another warning that the file is too large to scan. The built-in Virus scanner is a cool feature that saves you from downloading potential malware while downloading small files or documents. But, nowadays, users are getting bothered with Drive’s in-built virus scan features. Many users complain that whenever they try to download any files using Google Driver or want to upload any file, it first gets stuck in virus scanning warning windows.
This leads them to shift to other cloud storage services available in the market. This inspires us to bring up a guide for those who suffer from this feature. Today, here right in this comprehensive guide, we will describe the simple procedure to skip the Google Drive virus scan warning on your device. So, let’s see how.
Ways to Disable Google Drive Virus Scan Warning for Large Files
If you are looking for a solution to skip the Google Drive Virus scan warning for large files, we will tell you a few solutions to create a direct download link for the files. Don’t worry! We will define the same further in this guide. So, make sure to follow the guide till the end.
Method 1. Using Google Drive API
Google offers a cloud console tool for developers and users for cloud computing services like data management, creating apps, developing or hosting websites, online services, and other tools. You can use this free tool to create a direct download link for your Google Drive files and disable the Virus Scan warning message to directly download the file. To do so;
Step 1. Generate Google Drive API Key
- Open Google Cloud Console.
- Log in with your Google Account and Password.
- You will be taken to Google Cloud Dashboard.
- Tap on the Project icon to create a fresh project
- Here create a New Project
- Give the project a name, location, and hit Create.
- Click on 3 horizontal lines on the left sidebar to open the menu option.
- Here click on APIs & Credentials and open Library.
- An API Library page will open, here look for Google Drive API and click to open it
- Click on Enable button to Turn ON Google Drive API
- Once enabled, click on Manage.
- Open Credentials Tab
- Select Google Drive API from the drop-down menu for Credential Type.
- Select User data and click Done.
- Now tap on +Create Credentials on the top of the page.
- An API key will be generated, copy the key and paste it somewhere as we will need it later.
Step 2. Tweak Shared URL
- Look for the Google Drive file that you wish to download directly without any virus warning.
- Here copy the File ID and paste it somewhere safe.
- Open Chrome and Enter the following Google APIs URL.
https://www.googleapis.com/drive/v3/files/*file ID*?alt=media&key=*API Key*
- Enter the file id copied in the *file id* section and API key in the *API Key* section without an asterisk* symbol.
- Hit Enter and the file will start downloading without any warning symbol.
With the simple method above you can create a direct download link for your Google Drive file to download the large file without virus warning.
Alternatively, you can also use this online tool to create the Google Drive download link, but you will still need a Google API Key.
Watch This Video to Get a Better Idea for Creating API
Method 2. Download Using Chrome Dev Tool
Link created in Method 1 can be shared with anyone for direct download. This is not the conventional method you may be looking but if you just wish to download without the warning scan. You can use the Chromes Dev Tool to Download the Playback file.
- Open Chrome Browser
- Paste the Google Drive sharing URL and load the page.
- Now open Developer Console by pressing Ctrl + Shift + C for Windows or Cmd + Shift + C for Mac.
- Once the Dev Tools are opened, click on the video file to play.
- Now click on Networks Tab in the Dev Tools.
- Here in the filter search box type ‘videoplayback‘
- This will filter the video URL.
- Double click on the URL displayed under the name section.
- A new chrome tab will open with the file video player.
- Click on the 3 vertical dots menu option.
- Now hit the Download button to Save the File.
Here is the Small Video Guide Showing the Process (Looped Video);
Method 3. Using File Export Href Link
However, this is an important feature to protect your device from viruses and malware, so we do not recommend you to stop or bypass this feature as this is for your data protection. Meanwhile, if you still want to skip the Google drive virus scan warning, follow the steps given below:
Step 1. Get your direct link. It looks like this link:
Step 2. Open the Chrome browser, enter your URL in the address bar, and press enter. You will see:
Step 3. Right-click the Download anyway button and click Inspect.
What is contained between “xxx” of href is your link:
Step 4. Add the “https://drive.google.com” before “/UC?”
Now, the link must be like this link:
Well, that’s it. Now, if you if carefully follow the steps as we mentioned. You can skip the Google drive virus scan warning. Yes, this modified link will force the browser to download the files.
This is quite frustrating when we are downloading or uploading something to our Google Drive, and it starts giving a virus scan warning on your device. Trust me! This isn’t an easy task to do. You need to make a couple of changes, as we mentioned above in the guide. We always recommend using Google Drive as this one of the best cloud storage services out there that provide 15GB of storage for free to start with.