Updated: 08/03/2018 by Computer Hope

Download may refer to any of the following:

Download1. Sometimes abbreviated as DL, D/L, or DLing, download is a term used to describe the process of copying data from one computer to another, either over a network or modem. For example, each time you visit a web page on the Internet, you download the information on the page, including any pictures, to your computer. The term download is often associated with pictures, songs, videos, and programs. A good example of this is downloading a video from YouTube so that you can save it to your hard drive.

Tip: When you download a file or program, you'll see a down arrow with an underscore which indicates that the download has initiated.

Examples sites from which you may download

How fast can I download?

The speed at which your computer downloads a file depends largely on the speed of your Internet or network connection as well as the size of the file. A faster Internet or network connection typically results in a shorter amount of time to download a file.

2. DL is also chat slang for down low. For example, "Keep it on the dl" could be used in chat to tell others to not share what has been said with others.

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Buffer, Chat slang, Data transfer, Downstream, Drive-by download, Internet terms, Modem terms, Network terms, Receive, Streaming, Upload