‘Download Pending…’? Here are 4 different fixes to get rid of it

Just imagine Android without the Google Play Store. Meaningless, I would say.

Nothing! No apps, no games. We will stop calling our phones as ‘smartphones’.

Now, what if the Play Store on your Android starts behaving abnormally? The app just won’t download. It just keeps on saying ‘Download Pending’.

There are various other Google Play errors but here our focus will only be on ‘How to fix the ‘Download Pending’ on the Play Store.

There are four different methods and I am gonna take you through each of them one-by-one.

Method #1: The ‘STOP’ Method

1. See those three-horizontal-lines (also knows as the ‘hamburger icon’) at the top left on the home screen of the Play Store? Tap on it.

3. Once you’re into ‘My apps & games’, check whether there is/are any pending update of an app/apps. If that’s the case, then you can do either of two things – Let the update finish first or You can tap on the green ‘STOP’ button to halt all the updates.

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Like I said before, the above method has worked in most of the cases but if still your Play Store is stuck on downloading, then you can try the forthcoming methods.

Don’t start sweating if Method#1 didn’t work for you.

Here’s how you can do it:

2. Scroll down till you find Apps’ and then tap on it.

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4. Once you’ve tapped onGoogle Play Store, App Info will open up. There you’ll find ‘Storage‘. Tap on it.

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Now head back to the Play Store and try downloading that app again, it won’t show ‘Download Pending’ anymore.

Google has a tendency of updating the army of its apps with latest versions. These updates, majority of the time, carry bug fixes and minor tweaks.

Here’s the fix:

2. Type ‘Google Play Store’ in the search box and click on the magnifying glass.

3. Click on the first link which comes on the result page as that will be the latest version available at the time.

4. On the next page, scroll down till you find a big box titled as ‘Download’. Click on the link just under ‘Variant’. (Refer the below Screenshot)

5. You’ll be taken to another page. Scroll down a little and you’ll find a blue ‘Download APK’ button, right at the centre of the page.

6. Click on it and your download will begin.

8. That’s, pretty much, it. Your problem’s solved! Bingo!

No, no. I am not telling you to uninstall the Play Store. In fact, you can’t even do it. By ‘UNINSTALL’ method I mean uninstalling the updates, if any.

Here’s how you can do it:

2. Scroll down and tap on Apps.

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5. Tap on Uninstall updates.

That’s pretty much it!

What if none of the above works?

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