Google’s Play Store is the go-to place for downloading various applications for Android users. You can find numerous apps from different categories such as games, movies, books, and so on. But the frustration begins when you are trying to download that new game everyone is talking about, only to realize that the download is showing pending for hours. This error can surprise you anytime for no particular reason but still, we have tried to find out some workarounds. You can try one of the solutions mentioned ahead and see what works for you to fix the ‘pending download’ error on Google Play.
At times Google Play may show you this error as ‘unable to download’ or in the form of ‘download pending’; you can use these solutions for any of such issues you are facing.
Most of the technical issues can be easily fixed by a simple restart and that’s what you must do whenever you come across an error on your Android device with Google Play Store. Restarting your phone may fix the pending download error and then you can give it another shot.
Sometimes a pending download may happen when there are apps updating at the same time. Also, downloading or updating multiple apps at the same time can also make you face this error on Google Play Store.
So if you are in urgent need to download an app, here is how you can get the job done:
This step is so obvious and also this should be the first thing to check although I haven’t mentioned it at the top. A quick download always needs fast internet and if your Wi-Fi is not that fast you are going to face a pending download while installing apps from Play Store.
Also, you need to ensure that you have set download preference as ‘Over any network’ so that the apps will download no matter if your device is connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data.
Another reason due to which you can’t download apps from the play store is that your device doesn’t have enough storage for the app. However, you will receive a notification of low storage space but still to be on the safer side, make sure you have enough storage space on your phone or SD card
If the time and date displayed by your phone is incorrect, this can be one of the reasons due to which the Google Play Store apps are not downloading or showing as pending. So you must try to change the date and time in order to fix this error as follows:
If you have enabled Auto-updates on Google Play Store, this can keep you waiting for the download to get over as it will consume most of your network, hence you turn off the auto-updates as shown here:
Moving ahead, if you’re still encountering a ‘waiting to download’ error on Google Play Store, you must try clearing the app cache and data of Google Play:
If the previous step didn’t work for you, try clearing the cache of the Google Play Services app to fix the ‘Waiting for download’ error. Look for the app in the ‘Apps’ section of the ‘Settings’ area and then tap the ‘Storage’ option to ‘Clear Cache’.
Another fix that may help when your Play Store downloads are going pending is to download the latest updates available for your Android device. Sometimes getting the latest software fixes the issue in one go. Check if any update or patch is available for your device from the ‘Settings’ section and then tap About> Software updates> Check now. Hopefully, this will fix the issue and will let you download the desired app.
If you have enabled Parental Controls on the Google Play Store, this can also create issues in downloading apps. To make sure the parental control option is off, tap the menu icon> Settings> Parental Control> Turn the toggle off for Parental Controls
Now you can retry to download the app from Google Play Store that was earlier showing as pending.
Hopefully, all these solutions will fix the ‘pending download or unable to download issue’ on Google Play Store.
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