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[Fixed] You Can’t View or Download this File at this Time

Facing Too many users have viewed or downloaded this file recently Error on Google Drive. Here is the Guide to Fix You Can't View or Download this File
[Fixed] You Can't View or Download this File at this Time 1

Well, before we go around the steps to fix this ‘Too many users have viewed or downloaded this file recently error, let us first understand what this error actually is. Apparently, a Google Drive account comes with limitations, such as 750 GB of daily upload limit and individual file uploads until 1TB.

Although there aren’t any download limits, Google blocks file downloads if its servers detect an unusual bandwidth spike. All users will be blocked from downloading the file for 24 hours. This definitely feels like an annoyance because it could be an essential file that you want at that very instance. The users see the error message;

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.

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


Steps to Fix You Can’t Download Google Drive Files

Here are the Best Methods to Fix ‘Too many users have viewed or downloaded this file recently’ issue for Google Drive File

Step 1. Open the URL of the Google Drive that you wish to download on your Browser.


Step 2. Now when you click on the download button, it will show the error message “Sorry, You can’t View or Download the file“.


Step 3. Replace the download page URL; “uc?id” parameter with “open?id”.

https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1fJiRiTp6eXGA2h1BdEI1R6S......
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1fJiRiTp6eXGA2h1BdEI1R6S......

Replace UC with Open


Step 4. Now, once you have changed the “open?id” in the URL, refresh the page to open the preview.


Step 5. Here click on Add shortcut to Drive icon. (Make sure you have signed in to your GDrive account)

Google drive Shortcut button


Step 6. Here select the location where you wish to save the file as a shortcut.

Select Location and Click Add Shortcut


Step 7. Open your Google Drive account and navigate to the file that you have just added as a shortcut. Right-click on the file and hit the Make a copy option.

Make a Copy of Shortcut


Step 8. Once the copy is created, you can Download the copied file without any issues.

Download Copied File

That’s it!😃


Small Video Guide Showing how Download Files That are Not Blocked for 24 Hours


You can also create a Shareable Link of the file created if you wish to share the files with others for them to download.

Create Share Link of Restricted File

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