On my Galaxy S3 / ICS handset, and also I expect on my previous Galaxy S / Froyo I'm unable to save any links from my web server due to the fact that it requires a user authentication. I can browse the site happily in Chrome and the default browser, but when I go to save a link, whatever it is that does the downloading sends in an HTTP request with no user agent not authentication header set, so the download fails, with a 401 error being returned.

What gives, peeps?


You can use Firefox to get around this at the moment. The bug has been going on since 2008.

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  • I've been using Opera actually, so yeah as long as it's a different engine to Android default one it works. – Chris Phillips Mar 9 '13 at 17:28
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    The issue is not the browser, it's the download manager. The authentication details are not passed to the download manager by the browser. This isn't a problem in Opera or Firefox as they use their own download managers. – Chris Evans Mar 10 '13 at 1:14

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