Problems Downloading pdf Files

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    When I click on a pdf link, a little notification pops-up that says "download started," but then disappears and I can't find where the file downloaded. In times past, it would ask me what office program app I wanted to use to open the file, but now nothing happens. What am I doing wrong?
     
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    The files should be downloaded to sdcard/download. Or they should be viewable from the Downloads app

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    After you click on it and it says "download started", you should see a down arrow appear in the status bar at the top of your screen. While the download is active the arrow will be animated as and increasing arrow from top to bottom, changing constantly. Once the download is completed the arrow will become solid.

    If you drag the status bar down, you should see the download listed in the items inside your status screen. You can click on it there and it will open up the item directly. Of course as mentioned by CJM, you can also go to the Downloads folder on your phone with a file manager and you will find the items in there as well.

    Also as mentioned by CJM, the downloads app in your system app tray can be used to view those items as well. The icon looks like this:

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    I'm so sorry, but I should have explained more in my original post .....

    That arrow doesn't show up in my top bar during the download and when I go to my Downloads folder, there is nothing there but some really old files downloaded a long time ago. It's like a setting got changed or switched off somehow.

    When I try to open a pdf file, the little notification pops up down at the bottom of my screen ("download started") and then disappears almost immediately, but nothing else happens anywhere else on the screen and there is nothing in my "Downloads" folder.

    It's all very odd because I did not have this problem before and it's like something got changed.

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    I forgot to mention that nothing shows up when I pull down the status bar.

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    Ok Spidergirl, that helps me a lot. What browser are you using on your phone? The one that came preinstalled, or Google's Chrome? If you don't have chrome installed, I might suggest that you do so and then try your download with chrome rather than the stock browser.

    If it's the stock browser that's failing then I'm not exactly sure what the solution may be but it should be downloading if it says download started. Report back with whatever you have that can help me. Thanks.
     
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    That's very kind for you to help me.

    Not to sound dumb, but how do I know what Browser I am using? :-\

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    It looks like the globe of earth. I guess I should download Chrome and use that as my Browser? My husband uses the same Browser as I do on his Razr Max and his pdf downloads function exactly as you described earlier ... like it SHOULD function. I wondered if something got changed on mine with one of the recent software updates.

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    Well there's no question something is wrong but what is a mystery. You can try going to your settings, apps, find the browser you are using and select it, then in that window click "uninstall updates" on the top right. After that try it and see if it works.

    You might also try tapping "clear cache" near the bottom there, and if you scroll down past "launch by default" on that page you'll see " clear defaults ". If it's not grayed out, tap it as well. That will make it prompt you for the browser when you choose a link on a page such as an email and may reset the browser's handling of downloads.

    See below.

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    You can also go to the app tray and grab and drag the browser icon to the "uninstall" or "app info" prompt to accomplish the same thing.

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    Another simple solution often overlooked is to restart the phone completely. With the screen unlocked and on, press and hold the power button, then when promoted select the option to power down the phone and then power back up again. It may resolve the problem.
     
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