More often than not, the culprit for a Play Store download pending error is simply that there are apps updating at the same time. You will also encounter it if you are downloading multiple apps simultaneously or a couple of particularly large ones.

But if you urgently need to download Uber to get a ride, for example, here is what you can do.

  1. Go to Google Play > Menu > My apps & games.
  2. You will see which applications are in the process of being updated or downloaded.
  3. Just press the X next to them to cancel the download and proceed with getting the app you urgently need.

Check your connection

It might sound silly, but this should always be one of the first steps you take. If you are using Wi-Fi try to open a website on your PC or test your internet speed here. If it seems to be working but it’s slow, either restart your modem or contact your ISP. If it’s working normally but Google Play is still not downloading your app or game, switch to data temporarily.

Make sure you’ve enabled downloading on data. To do this:

  1. Head to the Play Store and then tap on the menu button in the upper left corner (three lines).
  2. Go to Settings > App download preference > Over any network.
  3. If downloading resumes as normal, your home or office network is to blame. Restart your modem and if all else fails, call your Internet service provider.

Check your storage and SD card

Two common culprits for Google Play problems are full storage and SD cards. To make sure they are not responsible for your download pending, there are a couple of things you can do. Usually you will receive a notification if your storage is low.

  1. If you didn’t but you still suspect it might be causing the problem, check it manually by going to Settings > Storage.
  2. Free up some space by uninstalling unused apps or deleting old photos and videos that you have backed up elsewhere.
  3. You can then attempt your download once again.

If it’s still pending, your SD card might be at fault, if it’s not positioned or set up properly. Cancel the download, then eject it, carefully reposition it and reattempt.

Restart your device

If you aren’t downloading anything and your connection is fine, but your download is still pending, you should try restarting your device. It might be another no-brainer step, but it’s a surprisingly effective one. Just press and hold the power button on your device, then tap restart.

Clear Google Play app cache and data

If the steps above did not help, it’s time to try something different. Clearing the app cache of the Google Play Store app often solves a lot of problems, download pending issues included. Here is how you can do this. (Note: Depending on your Android version and UI the steps might differ, but only slightly.)

  • Head to Settings, then Apps.
  • Locate Google Play Store and tap it.
  • Underneath the Disable, Uninstall updates, and Force stop buttons, you will see App notifications and other options. Tap on Storage.
  • Make sure Google Play is closed and then hit the Clear Cache button.
  • If you don’t want to repeat steps, you can clear the data as well.

Finally, you should restart your device. Once your smartphone or tablet has rebooted, downloads should be no longer be pending.

Check for system updates

Are your downloads still stubbornly pending? Sometimes an update or security patch might be all that’s needed. To check if one is currently available for your device, head to Settings. Scroll all the way down and tap on About > Software updates > Check now. If an update pop ups, install it and hope for the best.

All that’s left is to open Google Play and retry your download. Don’t worry too much about downgrading your Play Store though! The app will automatically update itself to the latest available version.


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