Fix: Microsoft Teams doesn’t download files


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In an age where the Internet brings us closer together regardless of how far apart we are, the way we interact with our colleagues has changed as well. For example, you have specialized software called collaborative software that helps teams get in touch.

One such collaborative tool is Microsoft Teams, and it includes all the tools you could possibly think of, including instant chat, video conferencing, files transfer, and more.

Speaking of which, some users have been reporting having issues with Microsoft Teams‘ ability to download the files that others have posted.

So after loading excell and word files to the team nobody can download anything. But everything is available in SharePoint and files are not corrupted. Any ideas?

This issue seems to be quite prevalent, and many solutions were tried, some of which were more or less successful.

How can I fix the download issue in Microsoft Teams?

1. Change the browser you open Microsoft Teams in

As you may know, you need an Internet browser to launch Microsoft Teams, and it will usually go for the one you designated as the Default one.

However, if you see that you are having download issues with your current browser, simply download and try using another one until one works.

Note: It was shown that Microsoft Teams has the least amount of issues with Internet Explorer or Edge, so try them out first


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2. Clear the cache of your browser

Download issues can also occur if the browser you are running has the cache filled with too much redundant data. As such, clearing it from time to time should eliminate any risk of you encountering download issues in Microsoft Teams.

Each browser has different steps that you need to take to clear the cache, so depending on what browser you are using, check the developer’s website for more details on that matter.

3. Use SharePoint for file uploads and downloads

Microsoft Teams’ download and upload services are hosted by SharePoint, with Teams acting as only an interface.

Many users reported that while they do have the download issue with Microsoft Teams, they can download and upload files from the corresponding SharePoint folders without any problems.

Admittedly, this is more of a workaround at best, but it should get you going until you find a permanent solution for your problem.


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4. Make sure you have the permissions to download files

Some users reported that while they cannot download files from their own Team, they can from others. Thus, try to make sure that you have all the necessary permissions, which include the ability to download files.

For a more detailed guide on how to manage your Team members, check out this comprehensive guide.

By following these steps, you should be able to fix any file download issue you may be having with Microsoft Teams.

Do you know of any other method that fixed this issue? Let us know in the comment section below.

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