MEGA is well known for offering one of the most generous storage allowances in the industry with its free account. With 20 GB of free storage, MEGA ranks among the best cloud storage providers. Unfortunately, the main downside is the cap on your transfer limit. We’ll show you several ways to bypass MEGA download limit quotas, one of which is completely free.

Key points to remember:

  • MEGA imposes download limits based on the location of an IP address.
  • Using a VPN is the easiest way to bypass MEGA’s download limitations.
  • A downloader that uses IP addresses from a free proxy list site (US or International) is another way to bypass the MEGA download limit.

A large file or multiple files, such as video files, will quickly eat away at your free transfer allowance with MEGA. Any transfer quota exceeded on a MEGA free plan results in a timeout, which can last for hours.

MEGA imposes download limits based on the location of an IP address, so the best way to bypass the download limit is to change your IP address. We’ll show you two ways to do it. You can also check out our MEGA review to learn more about the service and features.

  • Yes, there is a download limit on almost all MEGA plans, free or paid. The transfer limit of the free plan is unclear, as it depends on several factors, including your IP address and the amount you transfer (upload) within six hours.

  • The transfer limit is not published for a free account, although you can monitor the amount you download to know when you are approaching the transfer quota. The transfer limit on the cheapest paid plan is 1TB per month.

  • The quickest and easiest way to circumvent MEGA’s time limit is to not exceed your allotted transfer amount in six hours. A VPN service or downloader allows you to bypass transfer limitations or timeouts by changing your IP address. Remember to close your browser when you change your IP address.

Overview: How to Bypass the MEGA Download Limit

The data that MEGA limits on its free plan is not set at a fixed amount. Several factors determine account transfer limits, including the size of your download files and the location of your six-hour IP address.

If you go over that mysterious allowance, you’ll have to wait or upgrade to a paid plan, especially if you’re downloading large files. This equates to the worst-case scenario in the middle of the workday or when trying to complete an important project.

Luckily, there are several ways to bypass the MEGA daily download limit without having to upgrade to a paid subscription.

Using a virtual private network (VPN) or a downloader are options that will allow you to bypass the MEGA transfer limit. Cloudflare’s WARP app is another choice; however, since it can only bypass the quota once, we won’t cover it in this article.

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MEGA offers 20 GB of free cloud storage.

How to Bypass the MEGA Download Limit with a VPN

The most user-friendly option is to use a VPN, although we don’t generally recommend a free VPN. The other option uses an internet proxy and requires a bit more technical knowledge.

Generally, VPNs are a better option, as they change your IP address while encrypting your internet connection. An internet proxy is generally unencrypted and acts more like an internet relay.

Using a VPN is the easiest way to bypass the MEGA download limit. ExpressVPN ranks as our best all-round VPN service provider and is a great choice for bypassing transfer limits. We have a full ExpressVPN review if you need help choosing the VPN.

  1. Sign up for ExpressVPN

    Go to the ExpressVPN signup page and choose the plan that’s right for you. Enter your e-mail address and payment method to complete the registration process.

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  2. ExpressVPN connection

    Login to your ExpressVPN account and connect to your server of choice.

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  3. Transfer files

    Log in to your MEGA account and upload or download files as per usual. The file size will impact your daily quota, so track your usage if you are transferring large files. Notice how the transfer limit changes in the image as files are uploaded and downloaded.

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  4. Reset VPN

    If you are approaching your transfer limit, disconnect from ExpressVPN and close apart from browser window you use for MEGA. Reconnect has a different server location in ExpressVPN.

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    What ExpressVPN looks like when connected to a server

  5. Transfer files

    Log in to your MEGA account again in a new browser window. You should see that the transfer limit has been reset. Continue uploading or downloading files as needed.

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How to Bypass MEGA Download Limit with Downloader

Since the best VPNs are not free and not everyone wants to pay for this service, another option to bypass MEGA’s free transfer quota is using something called a downloader.

A downloader uses IP addresses from a proxy list. There are several download options, and some are easier to use than others. If you are interested, we explain the differences between VPNs and proxies.

However, to use any downloader, you will need to find the proxy details to enter, as we will show. We will use JDownloader to demonstrate how to bypass the MEGA download limit.

  1. Download JDownloader

    You can find the link for JDownloader here. Follow the steps to Install the program.

  2. Configure settings

    In JDownloader, find the “settings” option. On a Mac you will find this under “preferences”. On Windows, it is under “file”. Either option opens the settings window. Locate “connection manager” to add the proxy addresses. You can do a quick search on the internet to find free proxy addresses. Enter the proxy details including the IP address and port number.

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  3. Optional Setups

    You can make further adjustments under the “general” tongue. Choices include “max concurrent downloads” (we recommend five) and “max songs per download” (we recommend 20). You can also designate your download folder here.

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  4. Download successful

    In the downloads tab you will see all files downloaded successfully. If that fails, it’s probably due to the proxy address. Finding a proxy address that works can involve trial and error. You will see a green check mark and “completed” under the “status” tab if the download was successful.

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  5. Check your limit

    In MEGA, check your transfer limit quota. The amount of data transferred should be the same as before using JDownloader and a proxy address. Continue downloading if necessary.

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Can you increase your MEGA transfer limit?

It goes without saying, but purchasing a subscription plan is the most direct way to increase your daily limit with MEGA.

If MEGA is your cloud storage provider and you use it daily, it may be easier and more efficient to get a paid plan than to use the free plan. Other than a paid subscription, there is no other way to increase the transfer quota on a free account.

However, it should be noted that with a paid account, it is possible to immediately use your entire transfer quota (month or year).

It should be noted, however, that performing some simple tasks – such as connecting a mobile number, referring a friend, downloading the desktop application or downloading the application mobile MEGA – can add up to 20 GB of additional storage to your free plan for an entire year, for a total of 40 GB.

Final Thoughts: Bypassing the MEGA Download Limit

As a cloud service provider, MEGA has a lot to love. They offer a generous amount of free account storage and are industry leaders in security and privacy.

However, tight limitations on your download quota on the free account can lead to frustration and potential loss of productivity.

Luckily, using a VPN or a dedicated download program that uses proxy details are two ways to circumvent the download limit imposed by MEGA. Using a VPN such as ExpressVPN is the fastest and easiest way to bypass the transfer limit.

If you’re comfortable with a more hands-on approach to Internet proxy management, downloaders like JDownloader or MegaBasterd will achieve the same results.

Have you had any issues with MEGA’s daily download limit on a free account? Do you know of any other ways to bypass the transfer quota? Share your experiences in the comments section. Thanks for reading!

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