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How to Fix Download Pending Error in Google Play Store

Google does recommend having a strong Wi-Fi or carrier network for downloading Play store apps. But, in many cases, it’s not the Internet speed which is the real issue. You also don’t have to reboot your Android phone or tablet or nervously search for another Wi-Fi provider. There are calmer and easier ways to ensure that you can start downloading your desired app in any urgent situation.

How to Fix Download Pending Error in Google Play Store Solution 1

Google Play Store app on your phone May not currently set to have unrestricted data access in the background. This doesn’t necessarily mean that downloads won’t be occurring in the background, but in some cases it can cause unexpected holdups.

So to address this problem, go to “Settings -> Data usage -> Data Saver -> Unrestricted data”. Then scroll down until you reach Google Play Store, and tap the slider next to it so that it’s blue and switched on. That should be enough to get background up and running again, and get rid of that frustrating “Download Pending” message.

How to Fix Download Pending Error in Google Play Store Solution 2

Stop Auto-Updates and Pending Installations

The basic idea behind the download pending error is that Google prioritizes background updates and installations to more recent downloads. Clearly, to allow the download, the earlier processes must be stopped first. As soon as it’s done, you can get back to installing your intended app once again.

  1. First of all, open up the Google Play Store
  2. Locate the ‘hamburger’ icon on the top left. Tap on it.
  3. Then tap on ‘My apps & games’. This is a section where you can see all the apps for which an update is available. See if there is an app which is still in the process of ‘updating’. If you find anything as such then hit ‘STOP’ written inside a green box in CAPITAL letters. All the ongoing updates will stop.
  4. After that go on try to download the app which you want to. Most probably your download will begin.

Clear the Cache Data

  1. Find Google Play Store and tap on it.
  2. You’ll see ‘App info’ of Google Play Store.
  3. Tap on Storage and then tap on ‘Clear Data’
  4. (Depending on your Android version, you might find ‘Clear Data’ right in the app info. So you don’t need to Tap on Storage)
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