Google Drive zip failed / stuck on zipping [Full Fix]

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Although Google Drive lets you download any Google doc or files with your shared users, the process is not always as smooth as intended.

This can be very frustrating, especially when you urgently need some files, but are unable to download them for one reason or another.

Here’s what you need to do if Google Drive is not downloading after zipping.

How can I fix Google Drive zip failed error?

1. Use an alternative Zip application

Experts have explained that Google Drive not downloading zip issues only exists when using Microsoft’s built-in zip utility, so the best way to fix it to switch the zip application.

Using an alternative Zip application such as WinZip is an effective workaround for this issue as many users on the community forum reported.

Install WinZip

WinZip is more than a tool for zipping and unzipping files and folders.

It’s an all-in-one file manager that allows you to compress and decompress to save space on your hard drive, encrypt and password-protect your zip files and folders, manage and organize your files and so on.

Compatible with all major file formats, this tool allows provides you with a complete file management suite to handle your files effortlessly, share them, back them up and protect them according to your wishes.

Here’s a quick guide to zipping a folder with WinZip (and we do mean quick!):

  1. Open the WinZip app
  2. Select the folder you want to compress with the tool’s pane
  3. Click the Add to Zip option
  4. Save your zip file in the desired location

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  • Extract multiple files
  • Repair ZIP files
  • Powerful compression tools
  • Compatible with all major formats including Zip, Zipx, RAR, 7Z, GZ, ISO, TAR, IMG and more
  • Encryption and password-protect ZIP files
  • Archiving tools
  • Integrated File Manager and File Splitter
  • Data back-up and sharing options
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In addition to the above workarounds, it’s also advisable to clear caches and cookies.

2. Ensure your files don’t exceed the limit allowed by Google

To ensure a smooth download, Google normally limits the zip files to 2GB and the number of files to 500 per folder.

Exceeding this limit will result in Google Drive zipping files slow or Google Drive not zipping files at all. Google normally splits archives larger than 2GB into multiple zip files.

However, selecting the TBZ or TGZ format for your archive increases the size limit to 50GB, making it less likely for Google to split your archive.

Note that you may need to install a special software to unpack a TBZ or TGZ archive.


Keep your work organized: here’s how to remove duplicate files in Google Drive.


3. Put the files in one folder

Another workaround that has worked for many users is to put all the files you want to download in one folder and download the folder instead.

The zip should contain the folder and its contents. Though this solution worked great for Windows 10 users, various users reported problems in getting the zip to work on Windows Vista and previous versions.


Did the above methods fix the problem? We would love to hear about your experience in the comments section below.

Later edit: also, please be advised that this kind of error can be temporary. Therefore, if you’re getting the Google Drive Zip failed, Zip creation failed or Zip failed login error, it could be just something with the server, so try again in a couple more hours.

FAQ: Learn more about working with ZIP files in Google Drive

  • Why can’t I download a ZIP file from Google Drive?

Users reported the issue happens when using Microsoft’s built-in zip utility. There might also be an issue with the file itself, in which case we recommend a strong ZIP archive repair tool to fix it.

  • Why is Google Drive zipping so slow?

If Google Drive zipped files are not downloading, we suggest you use an alternative zip app like WinZip. Check out more quick resolution tips in this step-by-step guide.

  • Can Google Drive unzip files?

You can use a third-party decompression tool to unzip Google Drive files. Check out our best picks in this article.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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