Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

DownloadSometimes 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.