At one time or another, we’ve all encountered issues with Google Play. There are problems with every app. It is frustrating to try to download the game you have been waiting to play for ages, only to have your download pending indefinitely. We are here to help! Here are some common fixes to the notorious Play Store download pending error and other common problems.
How to Resolve the Play Store Download Pending Error:
1: Check Current Downloads & Updates:
The most common cause of Play Store download pending errors are apps updating at the same time. The problem will also arise if you download multiple apps simultaneously or a few large ones at once.
There is, however, a solution if, for example, you need to download Uber to get a ride immediately. You can do the following:
- Go to Google Play > Manage apps & devices > Manage apps
- There will be a list of the applications that are being updated or downloaded.
- To cancel the download and get the app you urgently need, just click on the X next to their name.
2: Check Your Internet Connection:
You should always start here, even if it seems silly. Try opening a website on your PC or checking your internet speed if you are using Wi-Fi. If it appears to be working, but is very slow, either restart your modem or contact your ISP. It may work normally, but Google Play may not download your app or game if you switch to data temporarily.
Make sure you have enabled data downloads first. Follow these steps:
- Tap the menu button in the upper left corner of the Play Store (three lines).
- Select the option Over any network under Settings.
- You may have a problem with your home or office network if downloads resume as normal. Attempt to restart your modem, and if that doesn’t work, contact your Internet service provider.
3: Check Your Storage &SD Card:
The most common cause of Google Play problems is insufficient space on the phone or SD card. When attempting a download, you will usually receive a notification if your storage is low. However, if you still want to make sure storage is not causing the download to stall, there are a couple of things you can do.
- Go to Settings > Storage to manually check your free space.
- You can free up some space by uninstalling unused apps or deleting old photos and videos you have backed up elsewhere.
- Retry your download.
In the event that it is still pending, your SD card may be at fault – it might not be positioned or set up correctly. You should cancel the download, eject the SD card, then carefully reposition it and retry.
4: Restart your Device:
You should restart your device if you are not downloading anything and your connection is fine, but your download is still pending. The step might seem obvious, but it’s surprisingly effective. You can restart your device by holding the power button and tapping Restart.
5: Download Apps from Your Browser Instead:
Get your apps through your mobile or PC browser to circumvent the download pending problem. All you have to do is go to the official Google Play website and sign in with your Google account. Enter the name of the app in the search bar after you’ve done that. Once you find it, click on it.
It will then be installed. You may have to enter your account password again. You can now select a device from the dropdown list of devices linked to your Google account. It may not be guaranteed to work depending on the cause, but it’s worth a shot!