Chromebooks are a great platform for just about any type of user. Whether you’re someone who simply spends all of their time in a browser if you’re an admin who works remotely from the terminal window or even if you’re a developer: ChromeOS can serve you well. And because Chromebooks integrate so well with Google cloud services, those devices are even more useful and user friendly.
However, I’ve run into a situation that had me scratching my head. On several Chromebooks, I’d go to download a file from Google Drive and the OS wouldn’t allow it. Curious, as I was logged into my Chromebook which was associated with my Google account. Shouldn’t this just work? It should. But sometimes the best-laid plans, Murphy’s Law and Occam’s Razor can’t seem to get it together.
Fortunately, there is a fix for the problem, and it’s not all that difficult. Let me show you how.
What you’ll need
The only thing you’ll need to solve this problem is a Chromebook associated with your Google account. That’s it. Let’s get to work.
How to fix the download file issue
Log into your Chromebook and open the Chrome browser. In the address bar type:
Make sure to check the box for Including third-party cookies on this site.
And that’s all there is to fixing a problem that could easily vex you. If you find other sites that you must download files from pulling the same shenanigans on you, add them in the same way you did Google Drive. Just do so with a nod to caution, as you don’t want to allow such behavior with suspect domains.
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