What’s the issue and what is causing it?
I assume most of us have come across the quota exceeded error. It’s a pain but it’s inevitable. The explanation for this is simple. Users are free to share files publicly but to prevent abuse, Google adds a lock that prevents files from being downloaded, since quotas limit its availability. If too many users view or download a file, it may be locked for up to 24 hours. You’ll see something similar to this while you try to access the file:
Sorry, you can’t view or download this file at this time.
Too many users have viewed or downloaded this file recently. Please try accessing the file again later. If the file you are trying to access is particularly large or is shared with many people, it may take up to 24 hours to be able to view or download the file. If you still can’t access a file after 24 hours, contact your domain administrator.
How do I bypass the issue?
Working around the issue on your end is pretty easy.
- Edit the link and replace ” /uc?id= ” to “/open?id= ”
- Add shortcut of the folder to your drive
- Look for the file in the Shared With Me section
- Right click on it and click Make a Copy
- Download the copied file from your drive
Here’s a video tutorial for mobile devices
That’s all. Remember you need to download the “copied” file, not the one that u added into your account.
Copied files follow this naming pattern: Copy of filename
Last Update: May 18, 2020
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