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Play Store App Download Stuck on 'Pending'? Here's How to Fix It

Have you ever encountered the frustrating scenario where you try to download an app from the Play Store on your Android smartphone, but it gets stuck at 'Pending' or fails to download altogether?



This common issue can be caused by various factors, such as internet connectivity or insufficient storage space on your device. If you're facing this problem, here are some solutions to help you resolve it.


1. Check Your Internet Connectivity:

  • The first step is to ensure that your phone is connected to the internet, either via Wi-Fi or mobile data.

  • Verify that your internet connection is working correctly by opening a website or performing another online activity on your device.

2. Ensure Sufficient Storage Space:

  • Insufficient storage space is a frequent culprit behind Play Store download failures.

  • Navigate to Settings > Storage to check if your phone has enough available storage, ideally slightly more than the app's size.

  • If your device is running low on storage, consider deleting unused apps, files, or clearing out unnecessary junk to free up space before attempting the download.

3. Re-Open the Play Store:

  • Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve various issues. Close the Play Store app and then reopen it.

  • Additionally, try restarting your device.

  • After this, check if you can initiate the app download without any issues.

4. Clear Cache & Data of Play Store:

  • If the previous steps didn't resolve the problem, proceed to Settings > Apps > Play Store.

  • Select "Storage" and then tap on "Clear Cache" and "Clear Data."

  • Reopen the Play Store app and try downloading the desired app again.

  • This action can often resolve issues related to cached data.

5. Clear Cache and Data from Download Manager:

  • Cache problems with the Download Manager can also obstruct app downloads.

  • Navigate to Settings > Apps > Download Manager.

  • Choose "Storage" and then tap "Clear Cache" and "Clear Data."

Following these steps should help you overcome the 'Pending' download issue in the Play Store and enable you to successfully download and update apps on your Android smartphone.


However, if the problem persists despite these efforts, your last resort may be to perform a device reset.

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