So I have an android phone, and I wanted to download some files on it that are not currently accessible from my PC (corporate firewall). The thinking is that once the files are on the phone, I can easily connect the PC to the phone to access the files. The problem I have is that the phone refuses to download the files, claiming that

"Cannot Download.  The content is not supported on this phone."

So how can I get the content onto the phone? I know the phone will be unable to run these files meaningfully; I just want them downloaded and stored for later access.


If it's a file from a website, you should probably try to use a different browser. Opera Mini for example uses a different download manager (not the native one) so it doesn't refuse to download any files.

If you want to move them over from a PC, try some of those methods.

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  • Quite correct; the Opera Mini browser downloaded the files with no problem, and saved them on the SD card. – GWLlosa Oct 20 '10 at 15:22

The ASTRO file manager has an option "Allow the Web browser to download any type of file". I think that does what you (and me and everybody else) wants, but haven't tried it yet.

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use awesome drop. You only need to install the awesome drop app from the market, then go to http://labs.dashwire.com/drop, and then enter the pin given in the webpage to your app, et voila you can transfer any file from your PC to phone over the internet.

edit: there is an intro video here.

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  • That looks like useful software, but it assumes that I already have the file, and want to move it to the phone. Actually, I don't have the file, and want to download it onto my phone from a remote webserver. Good link though! – GWLlosa Oct 19 '10 at 21:31

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