I’ve run into it from time to time: downloading files using a multihoster service and jDownloader, and for some reason one or more of the downloads that should be premium instead kicks into “free mode”. If you’re not familiar, “free mode” with jDownloader is when the software determines that you don’t have premium-account access to a specific file and so you can only download like a free member: with a captcha, download delay timer and slower downloads.

This is annoying, and until the other day, didn’t know there was a way stop jDownloader from trying free downloads with premium-type downloads.

This is a simple, quick fix. If you’d prefer, I’ve created a short video of the process, alternately, here’s a step-by-step guide:

Open up jDownloader then go to the Settings page:

jDownloader2 Settings Page

Choose Account Manager from the left-side menu:

jDownloader - Account Manager Menu Page

Click on the Usage Rules tab:

jDownloader Usage Rules menu option

At the bottom of the window, click on Add:

Add hoster to jD2 usage rules

Find the filehoster / streaming site you want to add usage rules for. Click Continue:

Select filehoster from Usage Rules menu

Uncheck Free Download next to the hoster / streaming site. Then click Save:

Disable Free Mode for jDownloader hoster

That’s it. You can do this for as many filehosters as you want, and it will disable free mode for that hoster, and instead force downloads to only use the checked services.

Note: This cannot force downloads to work if the multihoster or premium account filehoster is having troubles at the time, but will stop the annoying captchas, browser redirects asking for captchas, etc from popping up.

If you have any questions or problems, feel free to leave a comment below.

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