How to Fix Google Play Store Download Pending Issue

Google Play Store is the official distributor of various services available for the Android Operating System and Chrome OS in the recent builds. It is the official market place for various applications, digital media, offering music, books, movies, and television programs. Most of the time it works flawlessly but it has its fair share of errors. Download Pending error is one of the most common error in the Android OS. A year ago, Google used to allow multiple simultaneously from the Play Store but now this practice has been stopped. So the first step that one should do as soon as you see this message on your screen is to check if there is any other download in progress which might be causing this issue.

If you find that the issue is not caused due to any other application download which is in progress, you can follow these methods which might be helpful in solving your problem.


Methods To Fix Play Store Download Pending Issue

Method 1: Toggle Off Auto Update From Play Store Settings

Auto Updates might be triggering this issue as when this setting is enabled, the Play Store will be automatically updating the applications installed in your device if an update is pushed by the respective developers. It may happen that a large size update for an app is being downloaded in the background resulting in you seeing the “Download Pending” message while you are trying to download another app. Hence, turning off the auto update setting might solve your problem. To turn off Auto Update from the Play Store Settings, follow these steps:

  • Open the Google Play Store.
  • Tap on the menu icon from the top right corner of the screen which is in the form of three horizontal bars.
  • Now tap on “My Apps And Games” and cancel all the updates that are being downloaded if any by taping on the cancel button.

If the problem persists, go to the next method.

Method 2: Clear Cache And Force Stop Play Store

  • Open the Settings app and tap on “Apps and notifications.”
  • From the list of apps installed on your device, tap on the Google Play Store.
  • Tap on “Storage” and then tap “Clear Cache.”
  • Now tap on Force Stop”

If the problem still persists, you might be considering a factory reset but check out the following tips and tricks before performing a factory reset.

  • Disable VPN service if activated.
  • Reset app preferences.
  • Log out from your Google services and log in again.
  • Check if your device shows the wrong date and time.

If these tricks do not solve your problem, you might be considering a factory reset or a visit to the nearest customer service center.

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These are some nifty tips and tricks to fix Play Store Download Pending Issue. I hope this article works the way it is intended to beLet us know about your experience trying out the methods mentioned in this article in the comments section down below. In case I missed mentioning anything or if there is some topic which you want me to cover, please let me know in the comments section down below.

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