How to Fix Downloaded Files from Telegram Not Showing in File Manager

Can’t figure out why downloaded files from Telegram not showing in the file manager?

Telegram is one of the best cloud-based messaging platforms, with over 440 million users worldwide. It has a dedicated app for Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS, making it accessible to almost any user. 

Having this many users, one would think that Telegram is flawless. Unfortunately, this is not the case. 

Like any app, Telegram could suffer from random errors and occasional downtimes. 

Recently, users have been reporting issues with the files they have downloaded from Telegram. Based on the reports, users cannot see the files in their file manager, preventing users from accessing them. 

Usually, this issue is caused by improper system configurations. However, it can also be due to offline servers, slow network connections, or outdated software. 

In this guide, we’ll show you what to do if your downloaded Telegram files are not showing in the file manager. 

Let’s begin!

1. Check Telegram Servers. 

Before changing your configurations, it is a good practice to check Telegram’s servers first whenever you encounter issues on the platform. The servers could be down, and the file you are looking for was not downloaded. 

To confirm this, you can use third-party tools like Downdetector to check the status of Telegram’s servers. 

files from telegram not showing in file manager

If there is an issue with the servers, the best thing you can do is wait. Unfortunately, any changes on your end won’t be able to address the problem with Telegram. 

On the other hand, you can head to the next solution below if Telegram’s servers are online. 

2. Redownload the File. 

If you can’t see the downloaded file in the file manager, you can try downloading it again. The file you are looking for may not have been downloaded properly, explaining why it is not present in the file manager. 

To be sure, go to Telegram and redownload the file you are looking for. 

3. Restart Your Device. 

A temporary bug or glitch may have occurred on your device, causing Telegram or the file manager to run into errors. If this is the case, restart your system to reload its resources and eliminate temporary problems. 

For Android: 

  1. Locate the Power button on your device. 
  2. Hold it down until the selection menu shows up. 
  3. Finally, tap on Restart
files from telegram not showing in file manager

For iOS: 

  1. Open the Assistive Touch on your display. 
  2. Next, access the Device tab. 
  3. Lastly, tap on More and choose Restart
Restart iOS

Once done, redownload the file and see if the problem is solved. 

4. Check Your Network Connection. 

A slow or unstable network could also be the reason you are experiencing download issues on Telegram. To rule this out, we recommend performing a speed test on your network using to measure its upload and download bandwidth. 

Speed Test

If the result indicates a problem with your connection, power cycle your modem or router to re-establish the link with your ISP’s servers. Remove your router’s power cable and wait for at least five seconds before reconnecting it. 

Restart Router

Once done, perform another test to check if the problem is solved. If not, contact your ISP and ask them to fix the issue. 

5. Download Files Manually. 

If your download files from Telegram are not showing in the file manager, try downloading them manually. While Telegram has an auto-download feature, it might not work correctly if the app lacks permission to access your storage. 

To address this, follow the guide below to download files manually: 

  1. First, open Telegram and go to the conversation that contains the file you want to download. 
  2. After that, find the file and tap on More Options in the upper right corner of the file. 
  3. Lastly, tap on Save to Downloads
files from telegram not showing in file manager

Once done, go back to the file manager, and you should be able to see your files. 

That ends our guide on how to fix downloaded files from Telegram not showing in the file manager. If you have questions or other concerns, please leave a comment below, and we’ll do our best to answer them. 

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  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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