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Stock Verizon 4.1.1 s3 will not download links or files from browser. Please help!

OP chriscrisis81

25th January 2013, 02:30 AM   |  #1  
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I've been having a problem downloading pictures or files from the internet. It will just constantly pop up in the notification bar as "download unsuccessful" immediately. Anyone else had this problem, know of a fix?
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Downloading files from a browser on the Galaxy SIII
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Originally Posted by chriscrisis81

I've been having a problem downloading pictures or files from the internet. It will just constantly pop up in the notification bar as "download unsuccessful" immediately. Anyone else had this problem, know of a fix?
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I had exactly the same problem; trying to download .pdf files from my home server. In fact, ANY type of file just resulted in "download unsuccessful" - even a 'test.txt' file linked on a page would open in the stock browser but wouldn't download. Annoyingly, I _could_ download files from an externally-hosted website of mine.

- many hours pass as I think it's some setting on either the SIII or my Synology NAS box web server -

The Solution:
As found on several sites... use another browser!

BUT:
I tried Chrome on the SIII and it wouldn't download files either.
Looking more closely, the "download unsuccessful" notification for e.g. MyPDFfile.pdf would show as "<Untitled>" using Chrome in 'Other downloads' and "MyPDFfile" (i.e. without the .pdf extension) in 'Internet downloads' using the stock browser.

Then I tried Opera Mobile - this worked fine.
Note that Opera doesn't generate notifications and downloads don't appear in the Downloads app's lists, they just get sent to Files: /storage/sdcard0/Download.

Conclusion:
I think there's some incompatibility between some web servers and the various browsers, if you find you can't download a particular file, try another browser. However, it may be that no single browser will work all of the time.

Note:
I came across several sites suggesting clearing data and cache from several apps on the 'phone - I tried all these several times and had no success with any of them.

Yours,
TonyWilk
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