How to Download Shared Files From Google Drive

Are you aware of shared files from Drive? Follow this tutorial to see how to download shared files from the Drive.

Shared files created by someone and shared with you. This means someone will be the file owner and you can either view, comment, or edit as per permissions set by the owner.

Continue reading to learn more about downloading shared files from Drive.

How to Download Shared Files From Google Drive

This is very simple, you can download shared files from the Drive. Follow the methods below to do so. This is a simple method and you can download shared files from Drive. Follow the methods to do so.

  • Power on and sign in to your PC or laptop. 
  • Open the Google Drive application from your preferred browser.
  • Enter your details to log in to the website. 
  • From the Menu on the left-hand side, click on Shared with me. Here you can see all the files that have been shared with you.
Download Shared Files From Google Drive
  • Look for the folder or file you want to download and open it. 
  • Right-click the particular file and Click on Download from the dropdown list.
How To Download Shared Files From Google Drive

If you are downloading a folder from Drive, it will be downloaded as a .zip file.

The browser tab should be open until the process is completed. Once the download is finished, you can find it in the Downloads folder.

How to Download Shared Files Without Permissions

Google Drive has an option that prevents people from being able to download, modify, or edit files that are shared with others.

If the admin or owner does not allow a third person or user to download then the download option will not be visible.

How to Download View-Only Videos From Google Drive

For example, if a person shared a video with you, you want to download but the owner has disabled all download permissions. In such cases, you cannot see the download option.

However, you can skip this using a browser or editing the page code. Refer to the steps for more instructions.

  • Open Google Drive from your preferred browser.
  • Enter your details and log in to the website. 
  • Now, open the video file that has been shared with you in a new tab. This can be done by right-clicking on the video and selecting Preview. After that, click on the small three dots in the window’s top right corner and select Open in new window. 
  • Press, Ctrl+Shift+C on Windows or Cmd+Shift+C for Macs to display the developer console. 
  • Once the developer console is displayed, click the play button to start the video. 
  • Click on the Networks tab within the developer tools window. 
  • Click on the filter search box and type in “ video playback “ without quotations. 
  • This will show the video URL on the dev console screen. 
  • Double-click on the link, and it should open in a new tab. 
  • Now click on the three dots at the bottom right corner of the player and select Download from the list.

Using Browser Extension

This will be done using a browser extension known as Video Downloader Professional. Try out the below steps to see how it is done.

  • Move to the Chrome web store. 
  • Click on the search bar, type in “ video downloader professional, “ and enter. 
  • Click on Add to chrome and wait till the extension gets downloaded and added to the browser. 
  • Click on the extension’s icon beside the search bar and pin it. 
  • Now go back to the view-only video and open it in a new window using the method mentioned above. 
  • Play the video and wait till the extension detects the video being played. 
  • Once the video has been detected, click on the extension icon and download the said video. 

Can’t Download Shared Files from Google Drive- How to Fix

Sometimes you are unable to download shared files from Drive. So here are some of the solutions you can try to fix the issue.

1. Get Proper Access

Share With Me files are shared with you by other users. However, sometimes, you may only have access to view the file or only add a comment to it. To be able to download the file directly, you need to have access to edit the file.

Hence, make sure you contact the authorized person and ask them for proper access to the files or folders. It will hardly take a few seconds.

2. Try Incognito Mode

Sometimes the reason could be internal, and you cannot download the files directly from the browser. You can also try using the incognito mode and download the files.

The change you can make is to open the file in a normal Chrome browser. You have to open a new tab in incognito mode and then try all the steps.

If you are trying to reinstall Chrome and clear the cache, it may or may not work. The above methods are important in all situations.


Now you know how to download shared files from Google Drive and also how you can download videos that are set to view-only. However, we recommend asking the file owner to let us download the file before trying out the methods mentioned here. 

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