I'm constantly harassed by these "<Untitled> Download unsuccessful." notifications.

<Untitled> Download unsuccessful.

After taking the above screenshot, I cleared the entire notifications list. Within the next three minutes (usually even less), the list was already overflowing again.

<Untitled> Download unsuccessful.

I've learned to manage the symptom by navigating to the Download Manager application settings; hitting FORCE STOP, followed by CLEAR DATA, and CLEAR CACHE. Although the notifications slowly start showing up again. Just one at first, but gradually increasing in number with each occurance. Within a day or two, the numbers are usually back out of control.

Download Manager application settings Download Manager application settings

I have no idea what it's supposedly attempting to download, or why. But whatever it is, it's not instigated by myself. I could just disable download notifications, but I'd rather identify the underlying problem and kill it directly. Needless to say, I'm not too keen on my devices automatically trying to download random mystery files from the internet. Any ideas? Thanks.

FYI: The device in question is a ZTE Blade L5 smartphone.

  • It seems your device is infected with malware. kindly check your file explorer if there exists any .nomedia file and if found delete it and than reboot the device. Oct 5 '17 at 6:02
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    @parthu_panther what shall be achieved by deleting a potentially existing .nomedia file and rebooting? How does it help to find the culprit?
    – Izzy
    Oct 5 '17 at 6:05
  • I dont have much knowledge regarding it but, the little I know is that .NOMEDIA files are empty files used to hide huge files which while searching will not be pointed by android scanner. Sometimes malware files are in the form of .NOMEDIA file which will not be detected by the antivirus and will keep on triggering the malware activity so I suggested him to give it a try. If you can provide the exact solution than it would be great for us to learn. @Izzy Oct 5 '17 at 6:45
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    @parthu_panther that's correct: a .nomedia file has the purpose of hiding a directory from the media scanner. But just looking for such a file won't show the culprit, though it can be an aspect in this context. Related question: How to figure out which APP downloaded a file OR requested a download? (unfortunately, no answer yet).
    – Izzy
    Oct 5 '17 at 9:35
  • Possible way to find the culprit – tjt263, please verify: From the app drawer, open the app "Downloads". It should list all downloads and, in a separate column, give the package name of the app having requested it.
    – Izzy
    Oct 5 '17 at 9:39

I think I solved my issue with constant "download unsuccessful" notifications. In the Puffin browser I went to settings and the download icon then erased all. Haven't seen an instance for quite awhile.


I found out what it was with es file explorer. On home, where it says recent downloaded files it will say what files around how long ago. Subtract those with the time current time and you've got your culprit. I hope this lasts. It was text now from panda helper


I have had this problem with the ZTE BLADE and found that if you go into Settings › Notifications › Downloads, then block the Downloads, it should stop the notifications after you clear them a couple of times. It worked for me.

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    "I could just disable download notifications, but I'd rather identify the underlying problem and kill it directly." Like the OP, I think hiding the fact that some malware on your phone trying to download files continually is not a good response to the situation.
    – Dan Hulme
    Oct 1 '18 at 7:54

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