The reason Google Play Store is showing download pending on all of your apps is because you’re trying to download too many apps at once.
This means that the apps that you’re trying to download after the first one will remain in a queue and it will be stuck on download pending until the other apps have finished downloading.
Download pending means that the app is waiting in a queue for all the other apps that you wanted to download before it to install.
This happens because of a recent update in the Play Store which changes the way apps are installed onto your Android.
Before, if you tried to download multiple apps in the Play Store at once, they would download simultaneously, but this has changed because of the recent update.
Force Google Play Store to Stop
- Go to your Androids settings
- Click on Apps
- Select Google Play Store from your installed apps
- Click Force Stop on the right
- Go to Google Play store and the Download Pending should be gone
Forcing the app to stop in settings causes the app to stop everything in the queue including all the apps that are currently downloading.
This means that when you try to download an app, the download can’t be pending because there’s nothing in the queue to stop it.
If the app is still stuck on Download Pending, clear the queue with the steps down below.
Clear Currently Downloading apps
- Open Google Play store
- Go to My apps & games from the menu
- Click X to the right of all the apps in the queue
- Go back and download the app you wanted to download
When you download the app, the app will start to download straight away without it pending.
Reset App Preferences
- Open your settings app
- Scroll down to Apps
- Click the 3-dots in the top right
- Click on Reset app preferences
- Click Reset app in the confirmation pop up
Resetting your app’s preferences basically clears all the settings you’ve made on your Android regarding apps.
If you’ve made any settings here that are causing the Play Store to continuously show you the download pending error, doing this should get rid of it.
Delete Google Play Services
- Go to Settings
- Click on Apps
- Select Google Play Services in the list of downloaded apps
- Click the 3-dots menu
- Click on Uninstall Updates
- Restart your Android to re-install Google Play Services
- Go back to the Play Store and download the app
Google Play Services is a service on your Android that allows Google Play to run smoothly so when you re-install it, it disrupts Google play store and stops it from running.
This removes the download pending message which means that there’s no longer any apps in the queue – this allows you to download the app without seeing this message.
If you’re still seeing this error message, comment down below and I’ll help you out further.
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