Fix: Origin Download Failed Error

Is Origin failing to download a game or update? Here is the ultimate guide on how to fix the dreaded "download failed" error on Origin.

Being unable to download the games you’ve purchased can be a frustrating experience.

It’s even worse if there’s a time-limited in-game event you don’t want to miss, which can often be the case with some of the popular multiplayer titles.

When your Origin downloads keep failing, the first thing to look at is your internet connection. Logically, that could be the only reason your games are not downloading as they should.

But, although that makes a lot of sense in normal circumstances, it’s not always the case when Origin is in question.

In fact, this problem is, most of the time, caused by a vague error.

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The Problem Explained

Users reported seeing their Origin downloads failing with no real reason, despite their internet connection being stable and performing as intended.

Also, numerous different error messages can show up along with this problem, making the situation even more confusing than it already is.

Origin Download Failed problem
A Reddit user addressing the Origin Download Failed Problem.

One more user reached out to the community asking for help on the official EA forum. This is what they had to say about the problem.

Origin Download Failed issue
The Origin Download Failed Problem described from a user perspective on EA’s Forum.

If you happen to experience the same thing, there are a few working methods you can try to overcome this frustrating Origin bug.

Fix 1: Run Origin As An Administrator

Downloading games from Origin means expecting the client to save files on your disk. If the client doesn’t have the required permissions to do that, the download will most likely fail.

To avoid this, make sure to run Origin as an administrator each time you start the client. Here’s how to do that.

  1. Right-click the Origin shortcut on your desktop or start menu.
  2. Select “Run as administrator” from the list of options.
Origin Run as administrator

Doing this every time will ensure you won’t run into any permission-related issues with the app, especially while downloading your games.

If you don’t want to do this “manually” each time you launch the client, do the following instead:

  1. Right-click the Origin shortcut on your desktop or start menu.
  2. Select “Properties” from the list of options.
  3. In the “Shortcut” section, click on “Advanced” in the bottom-right corner.
    Origin Properties Shortcut Advanced
  4. In the window that just opened on your screen, “tick” the “Run as administrator” setting and finish by clicking “OK” in the bottom-right corner.
    Origin Advanced Properties Run as administrator

Origin will now automatically start with administrator privileges each time you launch it through the shortcut you just modified.

Fix 2: Add Origin As An Exception In Your Firewall Settings

Another reason why your game downloads are failing can be your firewall detecting Origin as a potential threat. This can happen on Windows 10 often, even when different apps are in question, such as Steam or Epic Games.

To avoid this, you need to add Origin as an exception in your Windows 10 firewall settings.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click on the search icon located in the bottom-left corner of your taskbar. Type in “Firewall & Network Protection” and press “Enter” on your keyboard.
    Typing in "Firewall & Network Protection"
  2. Once the panel opens, click on “Allow an app through firewall” from the list of options.
    clicking "Allow an app through firewall"
  3. Click on the “Change Settings” button, just like the image below suggest, to make the list editable and permit yourself to add a new app to it.
    Allowed apps Change settings
  4. Click on the “Allow another app” button located at the bottom of the panel. This will open a new window in which you’ll need to add the app, in this case, Origin, by either specifying the path or using the “Browse” function to search for it in File Explorer.
    Allowed apps Allow another app
  5. Upon finding the app, finish by clicking the “Add” button located at the bottom of the window.

Now you have successfully added Origin as an exclusion, and your firewall will no longer prevent any files provided by it from installing on your PC.

Simply put, you can now download your games without seeing the Download Failed error on Origin.


These two simple methods will help you overcome the frustrating Origin error which prevents you from downloading the games in your library.

If you are still experiencing the error even after applying the solutions mentioned above, don’t hesitate to contact Origin’s support team for further assistance.

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Bojan Veselinovikj
Bojan Veselinovikj

Bojan is a video-game developer and a tech enthusiast. Combining these two passions allow him to keep you informed on everything that's new in this fast-paced digital world.