Google Drive acts as a storage home for all your backup files and folders. You can easily upload, view, download and share your files. But, in some cases, if your server has high traffic or an extremely large file, you may encounter the ‘Download quota exceeded for this file’ Error.

Moreover, it can also happen when too many people download a particular file. Google does this as a preventive measure to prevent misuse of the files. It places a lock that prevents your files from being downloaded and viewed.

Nevertheless, there are several methods you can use to bypass this file error. Let’s continue to learn more about the causes and solutions to this problem.

Why is the upload quota exceeded for this file?

Here are some of the common reasons why this error occurs in your Google Drive:

  • The Google admin shared the file or folder link on a public network, which caused high traffic on the server.
  • If file downloads increase significantly over a short period of time, downloads or viewing may not occur until after 24 hours or more.
  • If the file or folder is large and exceeds the 750 GB daily download limit.

How do I get around the “Download quota exceeded” error?

It is still possible to upload files and bypass the “Upload quota exceeded” error. You can follow these methods and make quick changes to your Google Drive so that you can upload and view your files.

Make a file copy for owned or shared files

When you make a copy of the file, there won’t be much traffic compared to the original. The copy file is stored in your Google Drive. Thus, it is easier to view and download to your devices.

Here is a step by step process of how to make a copy of a google docs file.

  1. Open your Google Drive account and Login.
  2. Go to the shared file/folder link.
  3. Open the file Navigate to the menu and go to To file. You can also right click on the file.
  4. Scroll until you see make as copy.
  5. Rename and select the location.
  6. Click on Okay.
  7. Locate your saved copy in your drive.
  8. Go to the menu bar, select To file.
  9. Click Download and choose the format.

Alternatively, you can also share the link to the copied file to reduce single link traffic.

For public files: change the Google Drive file URL

If you are on a public server, then the ‘Download Quota Exceeded Error‘ may be recurrent because there may be many users in the drive folders.

However, there is an easy fix to this solution as you will only need to make minor changes to the file URL.

  1. Locate your file and navigate to the file’s URL in the address bar.
  2. Select from /discs at /Folders and delete.Drives to Folder
  3. Replace the field with “file/d” and press enter.
  4. You will now get a screen that says: “No preview available.”
  5. Go to the menu by clicking on the three dots icon on the right side.
  6. Click on Add a star.
  7. Open a new window tab and navigate to Google Drive homepage.
  8. Click on New and create a new folder.
  9. Give the folder a name and press the To create button.
  10. Go to the star section on the left side panel.
  11. Right click on the file and choose to Add a shortcut to Drive.shortcut to drive
  12. Go to the folder you just created and select it.
  13. Click on Add shortcut.
  14. After creating this shortcut, navigate to the folder you just created and right-click on it.
  15. Click on To download, and your file will now be uploaded as zip file.

To note: This part will take some time, depending on the size of the file you are trying to upload. The download will also depend on the speed of your internet connection.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the Google Drive upload quota?

The estimated Google Drive download is up to 5TB. But the download bandwidth also depends on the file sizes.

How do I check my Google Drive quota?

By default, Google allows free access to storage up to 15 GB per user. Just go to your Google Drive and log in. Storage at the bottom of the left panel and see how much storage space you have.

Does Google Drive have a download limit?

Google has not officially declared the upload limit quota. It provides a ban if there is a huge spike in downloads of the same file in 24 hours. Usually, the purpose of the delay is to protect Google Drive users from suspicious activity.

How to Bypass Access Denied on Google Drive?

If you are denied access, it’s probably because the owner of Google Drive has banned you from accessing all files and folders. But if not, you can check by following these methods.

  • Clear all your caches, browser history and cookies.
  • Try opening your Google Drive from another web browser.
  • Disable any third party apps like VPN from your web browsers.