How to Resume Broken/Expired Downloads in IDM


Internet Download Manager aka IDM is the most popular download manager software in the world. It has many awesome features that make it the best download manager software. However, you can face some problems with IDM extension or on its main software. For instance, you may have noticed that not all files we download from internet support resuming on IDM.

Resume Broken Expire files IDM

Actually, it’s not the fault of IDM, some websites have time limitations for downloading any file. This situation especially occurs when you try to download big files from the internet. In such cases, if your internet connection is not that good, it’s really a waste of time for you to try downloading a big file that doesn’t support your resume.

Because that means – even if a file downloading stops after 99.99% is done, it’s useless as you can’t download the rest. But, don’t worry, here are some little tricks which will help you to resume broken file downloads on IDM, which don’t support Resume. I’m sure you guys will find this trick very useful, check the trick below.

Resuming a Broken or Expired file Download in IDM, How to Continue Corrupted IDM Downloads

Now for getting a better idea about this, let’s presume that you were downloading a YouTube video from website and your download has broken or stopped after some time, and here I will show you how to resume that file download. You can check the entire step by step guide below. Also at the end of the post I have described what we are doing here, you should also check that.

  1. Copy the video URL and paste it into the URL box of
  2. Click on Download Link and your file will start downloading.
  3. As the time for downloading files from is limited (it’s 12 hours). After 12 Hours the file downloading will stop and your download will become broken or expired.
  4. Now for resuming the download, we will again go to and Do the Step 1.
  5. this time we will copy the download link by right-clicking on the download link and copy the link. Then go to IDM and right-click on that file which you were downloading and select Properties.
  6. Select the Entire Old File Address and Paste the new File Address there.
  7. Click on OK, and Start the download and your downloading should resume now normally.

Now, as you can see what we are doing here is changing the old download link with the new one so that’s all you need to do. Just change the old download link with the new link to resume any file download in IDM. For more info, you can check what we are doing here below.

What We Are Doing Here – Explained

We download files from an Address, the address is the location of that file on any web server (where everything is stored). We enter the address in the download URL box so the computer can download data from that specific location of the internet. So, in this Trick what we do is – charge the old File Address with the new one to start the download again.

So that was all about how you can resume any file download on IDM, Thanks for reading the post. Please do comment below and moreover, share the post on social media if you think this can help people.

98 thoughts on “How to Resume Broken/Expired Downloads in IDM”

  1. Just Resume the Downloading and you are on your way. This method is useful for users facing error like Probably this site uses temporary links that cannot be requested twice or expire after some time when session is completed.

    • Yeah this method is specially for those websites which has time limitation for downloading.
      But, i think it will work on other circumstances also. Anyhow, thanks for commenting.

    • Most of the time – IDM don’t resume the file download is because of a change of that files address, if the session expires, then some web servers won’t let you to download the file. That’s why you have to regenerate the download link in order to resume the file download in internet download manager or any other download manager software.

  2. Hi, I am Vaibhav.

    I have some other issue with IDM, I hope you have also faced this condition.

    So, the issue is that whenever IDM finds that the file that it is gonna download is already present in the folder where it is going to download a new file, it automatically renames the new to download file by adding “_2” suffix. For example if I have Video1.mp4 already present in the folder C:\videos\ and if I try to download file named Video1.mp4 again from same or different address, it will download it as Video1_2.mp4 without notify me that Video1.mp4 is already present in the folder! So in the end I have two files of the same video.

    Do you have any idea how can I get over from this problem ?


    • If you download videos from different sites, then this will happen automatically. But when talking about downloading the same video from the same location, this should not occur. In that case, you will see a pop up in IDM asking you that – “The Same File has already been downloaded do you want to redownload it again.”

      Have you deleted the file downloads history (or list) from IDM? Maybe that’s why IDM don’t recognize that you already have the same video downloaded from that site. Hope you understand what i am saying.

  3. I have lost my 6 games my brother deleted all the games so what shall I do now i was having GTA vice City, Prince of Persia,Assassin’s Creed, Bio hazard, FIFA 14, WWE I m missing those games

  4. Thanks man. It really works. You save my day and my limited internet quota trying to download window 10 iso from Microsoft tech bench.

  5. thanks a lot.I was download windows 10 iso and when it reaches 90 address expired.It is really helpful for me and again THANKS ALOT

    • me also downloading win 10 iso file 2g connection… slow download …. when will the sesssion expires??? period??

  6. God Bless You….. thannnnnnnnnnnnnnxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx aaaaaaaaa looootttt
    you are my heart. it was lovely………… i love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu…….

  7. You are a genius. I wasted so much time in downloading a file again and again that was stuking repeatidly in between.Thanks.

  8. uwow..words can’t begin to tell how happy iam,thanks a lotttttt…for saving me from the stress of starting my download from the initial stage.

  9. thx this is useful.
    now, what about if i want to create a permanent download link to those links that expire. Is that possible?

    • Paul,
      You can do that for that you have to use some cloud storage service like MediaFire.

      These services let’s you save files from the web to your cloud storage without actually downloading on your computer.

      After saving the file to your cloud storage you can download it whenever you want without any issue.

      PS. Actually just avoid it, Good Cloud storage Will cost money.

  10. i have deepfreeze on my pc and apparently i dont know the password. the download is gone from the list after my pc turned off. how to i get it back?

    • Hi, anonymous

      First thing you have to uninstall the deepfreeze software from your pc/laptop later go for data recovery online if the file has been deleted though you can recover it back but remember if it is more than 10 days from the deleted day then hope its lost you cannot recover data.

    • Hey Sathya,

      You see the process is same for every type of file , i give an example of video.

      Just read the post carefully you will understand what to do 🙂



  11. I’m getting same link with the idm pop-up msg replacing file.. And after replacing still stuck at that error.. Plz hlp

  12. Hi Sagar, I started a game download of 14 gb but after 3 gb , the download is not resuming stating ‘time out’. I downloaded the game from a website that has storage in some third-party hosting website. So if I paste the address again, will download resume. Please suggest me a way to this problem. Thank you.

  13. you said in somebody’s comment :
    “Most of the time – IDM don’t resume the file download is because of a –>change of that files address<–, if the session expires, then some web servers won’t let you to download the file".
    But how is this possible ,I mean that the file is stored at particular location in the web server then it must be static not dynamic, from where we download the file?
    plz reply.

    • Hey Ray,

      You see there is something called “hotlinking.” It’s Basically when someone else uses some one’s websites content (video, software, images, etc.) for his purpose without hosting the files on his server.

      That’s why especially software, music and video (and also other content) sites don’t show the direct file URL even when you download the file.

      They do some coding (I don’t know what exactly it is), to prevent showing the real URL of the file. That’s why you can not download it directly by just copying your download file URL. You can check this thing live on the popular software download site “” For more info on this topic search on the web for hotlinking. You can understand the issue correctly after doing some research.


  14. Hi Mr. Sagar.
    Thanks for the info. I just want some clarification on the steps. So does it mean we have to re-download the file but not actually downloading it. Instead we just want to get the new download link, copy and replace it into the broken download link, then resume the download. Is that right?

  15. Thanks a lot….. I have tried 5 hrs to recover the link but failed….. when i used ur tricks i am able to refresh the link.

    Thank you very much…

  16. But in case of large files my IDM losses a maximum amount of data and starts downloading from a certain limit. Suppose I’m downloading a 5 Gb file after downloading 4Gb it disconnects and when I resume again it starts downloading from 2gb that means 2Gb of the previously downloaded data has been lost. Can you tell me how to assure that the file resumes exactly from the same position it lost its connection ?

  17. can i download one file parts from diffrents link ???
    Like One from etc site,,,, this was uploaded 5 link (mtlb serve) agr mai 20% download frm first link rest 80% download frm other servr ……. possible h ye kya ishe prts khrb nh hongea

  18. I’m literally covering my mouth out of surprise because it really works! Thank you so much! I only have limited month data and you saved my life!!!!! Thank you! <3

  19. you save my 4 days genious. some sites not show download links so just start download again same file in idm to get the link. now go to idm slect downloading file go to proporties and copy link from address select previous file and go to proporties and past that link in address tab. press ok. resume downloading. yeeeeeeee

  20. Hi I guess u shold rearrange the comments box from the newest to the oldest. Thanks, I want to try it out. Will be back to comment. Bye


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