How to Fix Google Play Store “Download Pending” Error

Trust me, it’s frustrating when you are stuck with “download pending” error when trying to download or install apps from Google Play Store. A lot of people has reported this error otherwise referred to as bug and seek solutions for it. So if you are facing this problem, read on because this post is made for you.It becomes more confusing when you know that there is a strong data network signal in your phone yet download can’t go through. This means that the error is not mainly caused by network strength or internet speed but it’s a problem that will be fixed with simple tricks which will be unveiled right here.This download pending error occurs generally when you download/update multiple Apps at the same time and it adds in the queue. Follow the guidelines below to get started.

Play Store download pending error


Before you begin, ensure these points are checked.

  • There should be an active internet connection and data in your phone
  • Disable any VPN application you are using on your device
  • Ensure there is enough phone storage to install apps
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5 Methods to Fix Google Play Download Pending Error

Below are the 5 methods I have used so far to fix this play store error from my android.

Method 1: Turn on and off Airplane Mode

Most times, this simple trick of switching on and off airplane has helped clear the play store download pending error and resumes the app downloads. To do this, just go to settings or tabs and turn on or off airplane ✈ mode while your data is switched ON.

Method 2: Clear Google Play store data

Clearing the data of apps can help fix many problems and bugs including this play store error.
Just go to Settings in your Android phone and head over to the Apps section and then switch to “All install apps. Then scroll down to Google Play Store app and then tap on Clear Data and Clear Cache. By simply clearing cache will help you fix the download pending problem in Play Store. Note that you may need to sign in again to your google account because all play store settings will be lost when you clear data.

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Method 3: Uninstall Google Play store Update

Another method of getting over this annoying error is to uninstall play store updates. You can do this by going to settings >> tap on Apps >> Scroll down until you see Google Plays store apps, click on it. Then disable or force stop, just click on disable and you are good to go.

Method 4: Remove your Google Play Account completely.

This method is similar to method 2 above because your google account will be deleted and you will need to log in again. You can remove your Play Store account by going to Settings and heading over to Accounts >> Google >> selecting your account and then removing it from your device. Once you login again, the error should be cleared.

Method 5: Cancel All Download Pending app

Note that Google Playstore is set to auto-update apps by default, so there is every chances that all the applications on your smartphone will want to update at the same time once you are connected to internet… in this case, go to Playstore >> click on My apps, & games and cancel all applications currently updating except the app you want to download.

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That’s how you can clear Google Play Store download pending error. I hope these methods help solve your problem today. Thanks for reading my tutorial again today.