How to Fix Download Pending Error in Google Play App 100% working

Android OS has been a great platform for smartphone users and Android smartphone has made its great place in smartphone market. Google powered Android smartphones has many features with many apps which are maximally free.

The Google Play Store is the default and the most trusted source for downloading apps for your Android smartphone.

Google Play Store is a huge app Store which has highest app uploaded and many app builders for Android smartphone. But sometimes installing app become tedious when it shows error ” Download pending” when you download some app and it take much time. Users don’t know how to get rid of them and it gets annoying as the time passes and you just leave the hope and close play Store.

What is your first reaction when you see a “download pending error” message while installing an app from Play Store? And if you need the app urgently, say for a taxi ride, the error can be very frustrating. In such situations, our first impulse is to blame everything on poor Internet.

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.

On the Play Store app click the icon with three little bars (☰), followed by “My apps & games.” Here, you can stop auto-updates and any pending installations. This might seem counterintuitive as many of us feel that auto-updates free us from waiting for new features, bug fixes and security patches. The key is to be selective about the apps requiring auto-updates. You don’t really have to start Gmail or YouTube from Google Play Services, much less allow their auto-updates to consume valuable memory. Simple, isn’t it?


Sometimes you may have switched off the internet connection for some reason but you haven’t switched on it and trying to download the app or your internet connection is too slow for the download . See if toggling the Wi-Fi button helps you download the app using your mobile data plan.

Note that sometimes, toggling the Airplane mode off/on can also help restore balance to the universe!


Sometimes dope apps start misbehaving and same happens to play Store also. May be due to your smartphone power to grab hold different task at a time but if it happens then try to just force stop the Play Store from app settings and clear data for best performance.

You might be asked to log in to your Google account again when you open Play Store. Do it and see if it helps.

Repeat the same process, but this time for Google Play Services which you will find under Apps only.


It can wreak havoc on your phone, so I would recommend you to do it only if other methods are not working. There is an option to reset app preferences Hidden deep inside app settings.

It will reset app preferences and settings of all apps, default or third-party installed, so you will have to set it all up all over again. My colleague has covered resetting app preferences in detail.

To do it, go to Settings, tap on Apps and then open the menu.When you select Reset app preference option above, you will get a popup menu telling what is going to happen. Tap on Reset apps to initiate the change.

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