What if you try to download an app or game, but the Google Play Store crashes with a download pending error?

It can be frustrating as it prevents you from downloading your favorite app or game on your Android device. But we’re here to help!

In this guide, we will walk you through several solutions that will help you fix the Google error “Download pending download from Play Store”. Having said that, let’s get right to the point.

Why are my Play Store downloads pending?

One of the most common reasons your Play Store downloads get stuck waiting to download is that you may have too many apps updated at the same time.

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There is no single cause for the “Play Store Download Pending” error. For some, the problem may arise due to their app download preferences or insufficient memory in their phone memory.

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Netflix waiting to download. Screenshot: Sagar Naresh / Gotechtor

For others, internet connection issues, incomplete Google account setup, old Android firmware, or a Play Store version are the cause of the “Play Store download pending” error.

Now that you have an idea of ​​what could possibly be triggering this error, let’s take a look at the fixes.

Fixed Play Store “Download Pending” error

Here are all the tips you will discover in this guide:

Check app download preferences

Check your internet connection

Clear Play Store cache and storage data

Disable VPN on your Android device

Check Android date and time issue

Download the app from the browser

1. Check the app download preferences

If you are not installing any apps and Google Play Store shows the pending download error, it could be due to your app download preferences.

In the Settings menu of the Play Store, there is an option to set app download preferences. This gives you the option of setting up Wi-Fi, mobile data, or both to download apps or games.

If you have changed this setting, your phone may display a download pending error when you try to download an app. Here’s how you can change the app’s download preference.

Open Google Play Store on your phone.

Tap your profile picture.

Select the Settings option from the pop-up menu.

Tap Network Preferences, then select App Download Preference.

In the list, select the On any network option. Then press the DONE button to confirm your choice.

Play Store app download preference. Screenshot: Sagar Naresh / Gotechtor

After performing the above steps, check if you can download any apps or games without any issues.

2. Check your internet connection

As mentioned earlier, internet connection issues can be the reason why Google Play is not downloading your app or game. Make sure you have a stable internet connection.

Better yet, switch to a Wi-Fi connection instead of your mobile data connection and see if that fixes the problem or not.

3. Clear Play Store cache and storage data

Corrupted temporary or cached data can interfere with the proper functioning of an application. It is recommended that you clear a cache application when it becomes buggy or does not start. This will give the app a fresh start and can help with some temporary issues. Here’s how to do it:

Open the Settings app on your phone.

Tap Apps & notifications, then tap See all X apps.

Scroll down and select Google Play Store.

Here, tap on Storage & Cache.

Click Clear data and Clear storage respectively.

Reopen the Play Store and try to download the app or game again.

Clear the Play Store storage and cache. Screenshot: Sagar Naresh / Gotechtor

4. Check the storage space of your phone

Another reason why Google Play Store gets stuck with “Download pending” error is the lack of storage space on your Android device.

Your phone will show you a warning notification about low storage space when you try to download an app or game. However, you can manually check the storage space on your device by going to Settings> Storage.

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Clear storage space. Screenshot: Sagar Naresh / Gotechtor

Here you can uninstall unused apps, delete old photos or videos. Or you can take backup of unwanted photos and videos to your PC and delete them from your phone etc. to free up storage space. After that, try to download the app or game from Play Store again and see if that fixes the problem.

If there is another download or update in progress, you may encounter the error waiting to download from Google Play Store. If so, go ahead and cancel the other downloads.

Open Google Play Store on your phone.

Tap your profile picture and select My apps & games.

Under the Preview tab, tap View details.

Now you have to click on the Cancel button at the very top right to reject all downloads.

Cancel all current downloads. Screenshot: Sagar Naresh / Gotechtor

Once done, try to re-download the app or game you are having trouble with and check if that fixes the issue or not.

6. Disable VPN on your Android device

VPN or Virtual Proxy Network allows you to remain anonymous on the Internet. Many people use VPN software to access region locked content. Often times the VPN can cause issues while waiting to download from the Play Store due to server issues or a bug in the app.

So go ahead and turn off the VPN app on your Android phone and then try to download the app or game from play store.

7. Check the Android date and time issue

If by any chance the date and time on your phone is incorrect, it can raise several issues on your phone, including the “Play Store Download Pending” error.

So, you’ll want to make sure that your phone detects the correct time and date for where you are. Here is how you can check whether the date and time are correctly set on your Android device or not.

Select the Date and time option.

Here you can set the date and time manually. However, it is recommended to enable the Use network supplied time and Use network supplied time zone toggles.

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Check the date and time. Screenshot: Sagar Naresh / Gotechtor

8. Download the application from the browser

If none of the above-mentioned methods worked for you, you can try downloading the app from any browser of your choice on your computer.

Just open Google Play Store on your browser and find the app or game you want to install. Click the Install button and select your current device to install the app.