Why can’t Edge download files when it’s closed?

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Closing Microsoft Edge window when it’s downloading files gives a warning that you’ll lose all your downloads.

That’s unnacceptable because a UWP app called iDownload Manager keeps downloading in the background even when you’ve closed it’s window. In fact there’s no indication that the app is even running except when you see a notification in the action center informing that a download is complete.

It’s very annoying being forced to keep the Edge window open just for the downloads to finish.

Comments (7)

7 responses to “Why can’t Edge download files when it’s closed?”

  1. TheJoeFin

    Many people don't like programs running in the background. Also it sounds like this is a great opportunity for a developer to fix a problem they've identified.


    I agree I'd prefer to have Edge ask if I want it to download in the background when I try to close. There could be a 'always do this' option like switching between tablet mode too.

  2. SWCetacean

    I have never heard of a browser that keeps downloading files after its closed. iDownload Manager is exactly that, a download manager. Those things have supported background downloads for a long time, but browsers generally don't do so. I think it could be a cool thing for Edge to do, like an option to "Continue downloads after Edge is closed". But I wouldn't say it's necessary functionality.

  3. lwetzel

    Just an FYI. That download manager does not do a virus scan after download. Edge does.

    • Lauren Glenn

      In reply to lwetzel:

      And that's another thing. Why do I need a virus checker in my web browser when I'm already required to have a virus checker in Windows 10 anyway? It's like why I have to buy health insurance through my car insurance for injuries sustained in a car accident. If I'm going to have a heart attack, I have to get in the car, drive to the hospital, and run into someone so I can have my car insurance pay for it. Good lord.... everything is too damn complicated nowadays.

      • VancouverNinja

        In reply to alissa914:

        That's a strange perspective. Edge is ensuring your PC does not get serious threats running on your PC. Your complaint is a non issue and I would rather have as many check points to stop any type of malicious activity on my system. Edge is simply the best choice right now for the average user to use. No bones about it.

  4. spacein_vader

    I don't mind leaving it open in the background, but a "close browser when final download completes" option would be cool.

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