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.
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”.
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)
Step 6. Here select the location where you wish to save the file as a 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.
Step 8. Once the copy is created, you can Download the copied file without any issues.
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.