21 Solutions for fixing ‘Waiting for Download” Error in Android Mobile

Fixed: Google Play Store Waiting For Download | How to Fix Download Pending Error in Google Play App?

Wait Wait! Do not just scroll down right away as in a few seconds you will be having an ‘extra tip’ besides all the 21 solutions on how to fix the download pending or waiting for download error in Google Play Store on your android phone.

So, without further ado, let us start getting solutions!

Now, if you are in hurry to download the application from Google Play Store for urgent or even if you are so lazy to complete reading this article or anyone who wants a ‘Quick-Fix‘, this extra tip is just your need.

EXTRA-TIP:- Instead of downloading your app from the Google Play Store application in your android phone, go to the Google Play Store website (https://play.google.com/store?hl=en -> Website) to urgently download the app without any error.

Now that we are here with curious minds who want to actually make it done by using the mobile app of Google Play Store only and solve the related problems by their own, below are the solutions to fix the ‘Download Pending‘ error/’Google Play Store Waiting For Download’ error in your android phone.

How to Fix Google Play Store Waiting For Download Error

1.Check The Internet Connection

  • The most basic parameter to check while having problems in the areas related to the internet is to check the internet connection itself. It is the foremost thing to verify whether our internet connection is strong enough to make our task go smoothly. 
  • So, first and foremost check your internet connection strength and also its speed, whether these parameters are sufficient enough to download your required app from the play store. 
  • You can keep a track of your internet speed by downloading any internet speed checker app which will constantly show your internet speed. (but first, read this article so that you do not get the download pending error!)

2.Check Storage Availability

If you are feeding your already occupied mobile, it won’t take it!

In simple terms, if you are getting the ‘Download Pending‘ error while downloading any app from Google play store, check whether your phone has sufficient storage to give space for the app which you are going to download.

To check details on storage capacity on your phone, follow these steps:

  • Go to the ‘Settings’ app on your phone. 
  • Search ‘storage’ in the search bar at the top. 
  • Click on the storage/storage manager option that appeared below. 
  • Check your free/available storage here.

If your phone is indicating any ‘storage running full‘ sign, then you should free up some space and then download any app from the play store. But if this is not the case, then you should probably go on reading some more few solutions discussed below.

3.Restart Your Android Mobile

How can we forget this option!

Our basic mindset always tends to follow this option irrespective of the condition, which is just switching our device ‘OFF’ and then ‘ON’, i.e., restarting the phone. Most of our problems are solved by just restarting our devices and magically, all goes well.

To do this, follow the below steps:

  • Press and hold the power button of your mobile. 
  • Select ‘Power-Off‘ or ‘Reboot’.

Note: If you select ‘Power-Off‘, you have to manually again switch ON your mobile by pressing and holding the power button else ‘Reboot’ option will automatically restart your device.

4.Stop All Pending Downloads     

You have to give way for the new-comer!

That means if there are certain apps which you have put to download or update, please stop all those downloads, as it may hinder your current requirement of downloading the required app and hence, show the ‘Download Pending / Google play waiting for download‘ error.

To do this, follow below written steps:

  • Open the Google play store app.
  • Click on the 3 bar type icon on the top-left corner.
  • Click on the first option- ‘My apps & games’
  • Under the ‘Updates‘ section, there will be displayed the pending updates under the name of ‘Updates pending’, along with ‘STOP’ written on its right side. 
  • Click on the ‘STOP’ button.

Re-open the play store app, start downloading your required app again and look if the problem has been resolved or not. If not, then go on reading.

5.Stop Auto-Updates

Don’t let the play store decide on its own!

This means, sometimes the ‘Auto-update‘ feature may become the root cause of your ‘Download pending’ error.

To fix this, follow the below steps:

  • Open the Google play store app.
  • Click on the 3 bar type icon on the top-left corner. 
  • Click on the option- ‘Settings’. 
  • Select the ‘Auto-update apps’ option. 
  • From the appeared options, select ‘Don’t auto-update apps’. 
  • Click ‘Done’.

Re-open the play store app, start downloading your required app again and look if the problem is gone now or not. If not, then continue with this article, you will find your solution.

6.Empty The Data Of The Google Play Store App

It has to forget the past!

This means, you have to clear the data/cache/storage of the play store app ‘only’, to make it work properly. But, don’t worry, it will not hamper your other functionalities. 

To do so, follow the steps written below:- 

  • Go to the ‘Settings’ app on your phone.
  • Search ‘apps’ in the search bar at the top. 
  • In ‘Apps’, click on the ‘Manage apps’ option. 
  • Search for ‘Google play store’ in the search bar at the top or among the apps listed on the screen and click on the ‘Google play store’ option. 
  • Click on the ‘Clear data/cache/storage’ button on the screen. 
  • Click ‘OK’ if it verifies. 

You may have to again add your account in the play store app, as this step has removed all its previous settings.

Open the play store app, start downloading your required app and look if the problem is solved or not. If not, then you know you must read on.

7.Force Stop The App

Just stop it!

Meaning that you have to forcefully stop the play store app as it is a default app i.e., it cannot be uninstalled and then re-installed on your phone. So, this step makes it disabled for a span of time until you open the app again.

 To do this, follow these steps below:-

  • Go to the ‘Settings’ app on your phone.
  • Search ‘apps’ in the search bar at the top. 
  • In ‘Apps’, click on the ‘Manage apps’ option.
  • Search for ‘Google play store’ in the search bar at the top or among the apps listed on the screen and click on the ‘Google play store’ option. 
  • Click on the ‘Force stop’ button on the screen. 
  • Click ‘OK’ if it verifies.

You can also restart your device after doing this and then open the play store app, start downloading your required app and look if the problem is solved. 

8.Uninstall->Re-install The Updates Of The App

From the start!

This means that you have to uninstall all the updates of the Google play store app from your android phone and then then the app automatically will update to its latest version or may also ask from you the same further.

To do so, follow the steps written below:- 

  • Go to the ‘Settings’ app on your phone.
  • Search ‘apps’ in the search bar at the top. 
  • In ‘Apps’, click on the ‘Manage apps’ option. 
  • Search for ‘Google play store’ in the search bar at the top or among the apps listed on the screen and click on the ‘Google play store’ option. 
  • Click on the ‘Uninstall updates’ button on the screen. 
  • Click ‘OK’ if it verifies without worrying. 

Reboot your phone and open play store for downloading your required application. Hope the ‘Download pending/ Google play store waiting for download’ error will now be gone.

9.Reset The App Preferences

Set it right!

This indicates that you have to re-set the preferences of the Google play
store app in your android phone, for not getting the ‘Download pending/Google play waiting for download’ error.

To do so, follow these steps:- 

  • Go to the ‘Settings’ app on your phone.
  • Search ‘apps’ in the search bar at the top. 
  • In ‘Apps’, click on the ‘Manage apps’ option. 
  • Click on the vertical three dots icon on the top-right of the screen.
  • From the options, select ‘Reset app preferences’. 
  • Click ‘Reset apps’ when it asks for verification.

Reboot your phone and open play store for downloading your required application. Your problem must have been solved now.

10.Enable Unrestricted Data

Let it run!

This means to give access to unrestricted data to the google play store app i.e., the app can use your mobile network in the background even if you are not using the app.

To do so, follow the steps written below:

  • Go to the ‘Settings’ app on your phone.
  • Search ‘unrestricted data’ or ‘data saver’ in the search bar at the top. 
  • Select the toggle  in front of the Google play store name and click the toggle which will turn it into a blue toggle.

Re-open the Google play store app and start to download your required app.

11.Wrong Date & Time In Mobile

It is the wrong time!

This indicates that sometimes if the date and time set on your phone are wrong, it may hamper your deeds.

To do this, follow these steps below:

  • Go to the ‘Settings’ app on your phone.
  • Search ‘date and time settings’ in the search bar at the top and click on the below-related result. 
  • Click on the toggle  in front of ‘Automatic date & time‘ so that it turns to blue.

Restart your phone and try downloading your app from the Google play store again.

12.Remove SD Card       

Self-sufficient!

Some say that removing the external storage or in this case, the memory card solves the problem of ‘Download pending/ Google Play waiting for download‘ error.

To do so:

  • Eject the SD/memory card from your android device. 
  • Reboot your device. 
  • Re-open the play store and download the required app.

13.Delete Downloads app cache

Keep on kicking hands!

The ‘Downloads’ app usually manages all the downloads in your android phone, so, it means that besides you have already deleted the data of the Google play store app, you also have to delete the data of the Downloads app if nothing else is happening.

To do this, follow these steps below:

  • Go to the ‘Settings‘ app on your phone.
  • Search ‘Downloads‘ in the search bar at the top. 
  • Click on the ‘Clear data/cache/storage‘ button on the screen. 
  • Click ‘OK‘ if it verifies.

Re-start your device and download the required app

14.Check App Download Preference

Try everything!

This means that you have to select the option of downloading any app over any network, whether it is Wi-Fi or your mobile network so that it works smoothly anytime.

To do this, follow the below steps:

  • Open the Google play store app.
  • Click on the 3 bar type icon on the top-left corner.
  •  Click on the option- ‘Settings’. 
  • Select the ‘App download preference’ button. 
  •  From the appeared options, select ‘Over any network’. 
  • Click ‘Done’.

Re-open the play store app, start downloading your required app again and look if the problem is gone now or not.

15.Check Parental Control Settings

Be lenient!

Possibly your parental control settings are enabled or customized in a way that you are getting problems in downloading any app from Google play store. If you are a kid, then you should ask your parents to do it for you. 

So, this setting my hinder your work, so personalize in a certain way or turn it OFF.

To do this, follow the below steps:

  • Open the Google play store app.
  • Click on the 3 bar type icon on the top-left corner. 
  • Click on the option- ‘Settings’. 
  • Select the ‘Parental control‘ button under the User controls section. 
  • Turn the toggle from to , by clicking on it. (if it is so, otherwise the
  • problem is something else.)

Check now if the problem has gone.

16.Update Android System Webview

Be updated!

This ‘indicates that the ‘Android System Webview’, which is a necessary component in viewing the web content on your phone. So, it must have to be up to date. 

Note: It may not apply to all the android devices, but this fact is important to some types of android devices. 

17.Disable->Enable the app

First OFF, then ON!

See, there is a difference between disabling and uninstalling an app, as disabling means to make that app not able to run, but the app remains in that device, but on the other hand in case of uninstalling any app, the app is deleted completely from the memory.

So, this says that you have to disable the Google play store app on your mobile and then again enable it.

So, To do this, follow these steps below:

  • Go to the ‘Settings‘ app on your phone.
  • Search ‘apps’ in the search bar at the top. 
  •  In ‘Apps’, click on the ‘Manage apps‘ option. 
  • Go to the ‘Google play store‘. 
  • Click on the ‘Disable’ button on the screen. 
  • Click ‘OK‘ if it verifies.

You can also restart your device after doing this and then open the play store app, start downloading your required app and look if the problem is solved. 

18.Sync Your Account Of The Play Store App 

Synchronize!

Meaning that all the data stored on different platforms and its flow between them should be synced, and one such easy-popular medium is our e-mail. You must keep your account associated with the Google play store app on your mobile, for smooth functionality.

To do this, follow the below steps:

  • Go to the ‘Settings’ app on your phone. 
  • Search ‘Accounts‘ in the search bar at the top.
  • In ‘Accounts‘, click on the ‘Google‘ button.
  • A list of accounts signed in that particular device will be displayed, then choose and click the account of your choice.
  • Click on the ‘Sync now‘ button on the screen after selecting your e-mail.

After syncing, retry downloading your required app from the Google play store.

19.Turn Off Bluetooth On The Phone

Isolation, please!

Some android phones users have experienced that the active mode of ‘Bluetooth‘ affects the downloading procedure of apps from the Google play store.

If the Bluetooth icon is displayed on your top of the screen, you should keep it off while facing these problems.

To fix this, follow the below steps:

  • Go to the ‘Settings’ app on your phone.
  • Search ‘Bluetooth’ in the search bar at the top. 
  • In ‘Bluetooth‘, click on the toggle in front of the Bluetooth button and turn it from to , by clicking on it. 
Try this, it may act as an arrow in the dark.

20.Disable VPN

Remain public! 

In simple terms, you have to disable the VPN(Virtual Private Network), either in your phone itself or if you are using any VPN app as it sometimes hampers the downloading process. 

If you have enabled VPN through your phone settings, then follow the below steps:-

  • Go to the ‘Settings’ app on your phone.
  • Search ‘VPN’ in the search bar at the top.
  • Click on the VPN option appeared below. 
  • Now, click on the toggle in front of the VPN button and turn it from to , by clicking on it.
If you are using VPN through an external app, then switch it OFF.

21.Factory Reset Your Mobile 

Take a fresh start!

If you are so unlucky that your last hope is just to take a fresh start and of
course do not lose hope. By this, it is said that you have to now delete from your mobile permanently, BUT, please do take a back-up of your precious data. 

You can take back-up in your e-mail using the current mobile, only or anywhere else. 

To do so: 

  • Go to the ‘Settings’ app on your phone.
  • Search ‘Factory reset’ in the search bar at the top. 
  • Click the option below. 
  • Choose the suitable option to erase all data stored on your phone. 

Reboot your phone and all your problems must have been solved. Download the desired app now!

Thanks for reading! Please give justice to your reading and efforts and comment down below so that we know which number solution helped you out and help us also to add more to it. 

Have a great time!

Ritika Bharat
(Content Writer & Computer Science Graduate)

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