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If you’ve ever downloaded a file on accident and panicked because you didn’t know how to delete it, you are not alone. If you don’t know how to stop the file from downloading, you could always delete it following its download, so it is not the end of the world if you can’t stop it from downloading.

This article will show the steps that you need to take to cancel the download of a file and of an app on your Android device.

File Download

Method One:

1. Download a file. Usually, this is done through your browser. You can press and hold on an image and select the download option or you can press a downwards arrow at the top right corner of a document.

2. When the file begins to download, you will see a small file begin to download in the left bottom corner of your screen. You will see a blue circle begin to load in the left of the small rectangular file at the bottom of your screen.

tap cancel to stop download

3. Right click on the file that you see appear at the bottom left of your screen. When you right click on the file, you will see a menu appear to the right of the file on your screen.

4. In the menu that appears, you will see a Cancel option at the bottom. You can click that option if you want to cancel the file that began to download.

Method Two:

1. Download a file. Usually, this is done through your browser. You can press and hold on an image and select the download option or you can press a downwards arrow at the top right corner of a document.

tap Cancel

2. When the file begins to download, you will see a small file begin to download in the left bottom corner of your screen. You will see a file begin to download at the top of your screen.

3. Once it begins downloading, you will need to swipe your finger from the top of your screen to the bottom to reveal the notification panel.

4. In the notification panel where the file is downloading, you will need to press Cancel, which is located underneath the blue file download line. When you press cancel, it will let you know that you’ve cancelled the download and you will be able to swipe the notification off of your screen.

App Download

1. Launch your Google Play app. The icon resembles a multicolored sideways triangle.

2. Choose an app to download. Tap on the app and you will see that there is a green Install button to the right of the screen above the description.

tap x to stop download

3. Tap the green Install button and you will see a line begin to load beneath the app title. To the right of that line is a small gray “x”. The green Install button will no longer be there.

4. Tap that “x” and the download will stop. You should see the green Install button appear again.