Fix: Play Store stuck at Download pending

A simple online search reveals that the Google Play Store has many isolated problems, some of which are associated with slightly confusing codes. A common error in the Play Store is the pending download/update, where for some users the download/update is blocked.

Read on to find out how to solve this problem without any problems (see below).

Table of contents :

  1. Check the network and use mobile data
  2. Clear cache and data from Google Play Store and downloads
  3. Remove updates from Play Store
  4. Delete data from the cache partition
  5. Restoring the device to factory settings

How can I correct the download delay on Google Play?

It seems that this problem is quite common and goes back several years, as well as some recent reports. There are several reasons why the Play Store keeps displaying Download while waiting for applications to update or download. Caching or connectivity issues are the most common.

If you are facing this problem, you should look at the measures we have planned for you. If you follow our instructions, you should be able to find your way around quickly.

Solution 1 – Network test and mobile data usage

We recommend that you first check your connection, disable the VPN or proxy and try to switch to mobile data and download or update applications this way. Play Store keeps applications queued if the connection goes down, and continues downloading them the next time you connect.

If you can connect to Wi-Fi and use other applications that rely on this connection, but the problem persists, go to the next step. On the other hand, if you can’t connect, try the following steps to resolve Android connection issues:

  • Turn the Wi-Fi off and on again.
  • Disable the VPN or proxy.
  • Restart the device and the router/modem.
  • Activate airplane mode and deactivate it after about a minute.
  • Reset the network settings.

If none of these solutions work, see our articles on Wi-Fi and mobile data issues on Android for more workarounds.

Solution 2 – Clear the cache and data from the Google Play Store anddownloads.

Then we recommend to empty the cache and the data from the Google Play shop and the Downloads application. This is probably the most suggested solution, although users are not happy about having to delete the data every time to correct this error.

Still, this is a tried and true solution, so give it a try. Follow these instructions to clear the cache and data from the Google Play store and downloads:

  1. Open the settings.
  2. Select Apps, and then select Apps Manager or Manage Apps.
  3. Touch the three-point menu and make sure the system applications are also displayed.
  4. Find the Google Play Store and click on it.
  5. Select Memory.
  6. Delete the data and confirm when prompted.

  1. Now look for the Download Manager or just Downloads.
  2. Remove it and the data.
  3. Restart the device and check for improvements.

Solution 3 – Remove updates from Play Store

If the previous step did not solve the problem for you, make sure you remove all updates from the Play Store. This will reset the relevant services and once the Google Play Store is updated again, you shouldn’t have any more download issues.

Learn how to remove updates from the Play Store on Android here:

  1. Open Settings > Applications > Application Manager or Manage Applications > Google Play Store.
  2. Tap Delete Updates and restart your device.

  1. Connect to the network and reinstall the updates.
  2. Watch out for enhancements when downloading or updating applications.

Solution 4 – Delete data from cached partition

If the application itself is not the problem, then it is probably a system-wide problem. In case of a system problem, the first thing to do is to clear the data from the partition cache in recovery mode. This will not delete your data, just the entire system cache, temporary files and logs.

Follow the steps below to clear the cache data and correct the download pending error on Play Store :

  1. Turn off the unit.
  2. Press and hold the On/Off + Volume Up button until the MI home screen appears. Release the power button and hold down the volume button.
  3. Once in recovery mode, use the volume keys to navigate to the Clear Partition Cache option. Press the Power button to confirm the selection.

Solution 5 – Factory reset

If none of the above steps helped you and the application update/download issue is not resolved, we can only suggest you to reset the device to factory settings. It is important to backup your data (photos and other media files) as the internal memory will be erased during this process. See this article for more information on resetting your phone to factory settings.

If you are not sure how to restart your device, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the settings.
  2. Select the system.
  3. Open backup and reset.
  4. Select Clear all data (factory settings).

  1. Press Clear all data and confirm when prompted.

At this point we can end the article. Thanks for reading and we sincerely hope that these steps have helped you solve the Play Store download issue. If you have anything to add or remove, feel free to post it in the comments below or connect with us on Twitter or Facebook.

Editor’s comment : This article was first published in November 2019. We made sure it was fresh and accurate.

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