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We’ve all come across that unwanted web page that opens when you click a Google Drive file link. Luckily, with a workaround, you can make a direct download link for your files and bypass that web page. We’ll show you how.

Convert a Google Drive File Link to a Direct Download

This workaround uses your shared file’s ID in a custom link to enable direct download for your file. You can use this method on all your devices, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Chromebook, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

We’ll use a desktop web browser for the demonstration.

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Start by opening a web browser on your computer and accessing the Google Drive site. On the site, find the file for which you want to make a direct download link.

Select a file on Google Drive.

Right-click your file and select “Share” from the menu.

A “Share with People and Groups” window will open. If you’d only like select people to be able to download your file, share your file with them. Or, to allow anyone on the internet to download your file, click the “Change to Anyone with the Link” option at the bottom of this window. We’ll use the latter option.

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Configure file sharing options on Google Drive.

On the same “Share with People and Groups” window, from the “Get Link” section, select “Copy Link.” This copies the link to your Google Drive file.

Select "Copy Link" from the "Share with People and Groups" window on Google Drive.

Your copied link should look something like the following. From this link, copy the text that’s between d/ and /view . This is the unique file ID for your Google Drive file.

Copy the unique file ID from the Google Drive file link.

In the following link, replace FILEID with the unique file ID that you copied from above.

Your final link should look similar to this:

And that’s the direct download link for your selected Google Drive file. Click the link or paste it into your browser, and instead of displaying a web page, it will immediately start the file download. Very handy!

On a related note, did you know you can create “Make a Copy” links to your Google Drive files?

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