Loader Droid: impressive Android download manager with resume capabilities

Martin Brinkmann
May 19, 2013
Updated • May 19, 2013
Apps, Google Android

Download mangers are a dime a dozen on Android but if you want to find a real good one, you really have to look long and hard, and spend hours installing and testing the available selection.

Loader Droid Download Manager is a free (ad-supported) download manager for Android devices that is without doubt one of the most comfortable ones to use. Not only can it intercept a lot of downloads without any configuration whatsoever and from nearly every application that you run on Android, but it also comes with an impressive set of options and features that you can use to fine tune it even further.

I recommend that you download the LD Ultimate Link Interceptor app for Android from the same developer as well as it improves the download manager's link interception even further.

The application walks you through a series of readme pages that act as a tutorial. It is a lot to read and if you just want to get started, skip it. You do have options to read through the pages at a later time in case you get stuck or run into issues using the program.

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Two options are available to use the download manager to download files to your Android device:

  • Automatic intercepting of links.
  • Using the share feature and the selection of Loader Droid.

The program displays a loading menu that you can make modifications to if you want before the actual download starts. You can configure the app to bypass that screen to speed things up further. To do so, open the preferences and enable the "add loadings automatically" box.

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The app splits downloads automatically into three parts to speed up the loading of the file. One great feature is that it supports resume, so that downloads can be resumed if your connection drops in between or if you need to pause the download for a time.

Loader Droid is especially great at discovering media files, audio or video, on webpages so that you can download them to your system using the app. Sometimes when you share a page with media with the application, you may notice that the page is downloaded instead of the media itself. The program blocks those downloads by default and offers to display the page in a special mode in which you point it to the download link on it so that the media file gets downloaded instead.

The download manager has a couple of aces up its sleeve that may come in handy at times as well. You can for instance use a link replacement feature for downloads that become unavailable during the download process. Instead of having to download the file completely anew, you can restart where you left off if a mirror is available.

Downloads are automatically sorted into groups by the app based on their type so that you can find downloaded files easily in the program interface.


  1. The app plays a sound whenever a download finishes. I recommend you turn this off as it can be really irritating.
  2. You can select when you want the download manager to download files. The default is set to Wi-Fi only, and you can add mobile networks and roaming to it if you want to.
  3. If you notice lag during downloads, try limiting the downloading speed in the options.
  4. Downloads can be scheduled so that they are only run during a specific time.
  5. Many users of the app seem to use it to download videos from TV Portal. I have not tried it but it appears to work just fine according to reviews.
  6. You can have the program rescan media when it has been downloaded so that it is listed in Android's media database right away.
  7. Links can also be added manually, which can be useful if you already have copied it to the clipboard or are about to do so.
  8. You can buy  a pro version of the program if you do not want to run the ad-supported version, or prefer to use the space the ads occupy for download related information.


If you download files regularly with your Android device, media files and large files especially but more or less all other files as well, then you will certainly appreciate the apps resume capabilities and download features that improve the downloading.

As far as download managers go for Android, it does not get better than this.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments (https://www.ghacks.net/chatgpt-gets-schooled-by-princeton-university/#comments). Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If ghacks.net intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this Friend.tech as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/23/what-is-friend-tech/] and it appears there but as well here at [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/08/how-to-follow-everyone-on-threads/]

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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