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3 Ways to Remove Partial Downloads Stuck in Chrome

When downloading large files on Chrome, you may encounter some connectivity issues, ending up with a stuck download. You can click on Resume to finish the download but if that doesn’t work then your best course of action is to delete the partially downloaded file as it consumes unnecessary space on your computer. So in this article, we will show three ways that you can use to remove partial downloads stuck in Google Chrome.

Remove Partial Downloads Stuck in Chrome

Remove Partial Downloads Stuck in Google Chrome

The reason we want to clear partially downloaded files is that they might cause issues within the Chrome browser, prevent you from re-downloading the same file and take up your precious storage space. This is why we have curated this list of the three best ways to remove unfinished downloads from Chrome and your computer.

Method 1- Cancel Stuck Downloads in Chrome

Clear Partial Downloads in Chrome

The first thing you should do is stop the download progress by canceling the download. If the download is stuck and you have tried resuming the download to no effect, you should cancel and remove the file from Chrome. Here are the steps to cancel and remove the stuck downloaded file.

Step 1: Head over to Chrome and click on the three dots ⋮ in the top right corner.

Step 2: Select Downloads.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + J to open Downloads. On Mac, use Option + Command + L.

Step 3: Click Cancel on the stuck file.

Cancel the Stuck Downloads in Chrome

Step 4:Now click on the x to remove the download from the list.

Once the download is removed, you can go back to the source page and retry downloading the file.

Method 2- Delete Partial Downloaded File from Your Computer

Although removing the partial download from Chrome should also clear the file from your computer but if for some reason you suspect that the file has not been deleted properly then you will have to locate and delete it yourself.

Step 1: Go to the Downloads folder on your computer.

Step 2: Look for a file with the .crdownload extension.

Delete Partial Downloads Chrome

Chrome saves the in-progress downloads directly in the selected download path on your PC. This is why unfinished downloads will have a .crdownload extension which shows that the download is still in progress. Once the download completes, the .crdownload extension is removed.

Step 3: Delete the file with the .crdownload extension at the end.

Delete Partial Downloads Chrome

Method 3- Clear Chrome Cache to Remove Unfinished Downloads

Incomplete downloads may occupy Chrome’s cache data causing issues within the browser. You can try clearing the cache of the browser to completely get rid of any unfinished downloads in Chrome.

Step 1: Open Chrome and click on the three dots ⋮ in the top right corner.

Step 2: Click on Settings.

Step 3: Select Privacy and security from the sidebar menu.

Step 4: Go to Clear browsing data.

Step 5: Select the items you want to delete. Make sure to select Cached images and files.

Step 6: In the Time range select All time.

Step 7: Click on Clear Data.

Clear Chrome Cache to Remove Unfinished Downloads

The cache data along with unfinished downloads and files will be deleted from Chrome. You should always clear your cache from time to time to remove any unimportant files that may have accumulated over time.

Wrapping Up

This wraps up this article on three ways to clear partial downloads in Google Chrome. Downloading large files in Chrome is often a hit or a miss because unless you have a stable connection, it is more than likely that the download will fail and you will have to retry again. I hope that the method we have provided will help you get rid of unwanted files from your computer. Stay tuned to Browser To Use for more such articles, guides, and How To’s.