Fix: app update in Play Store stuck and waiting


Downloading or updating an application on Android should be too simple a process. Although on many occasions certain problems can occur that prevent us from achieving it quickly. That is why we are going to give you the solution to the problem of when we want to carry out a upgrade of a app on Play Store, but it remains stuck and on hold.

How to fix an app update in Google Play Store stuck or pending download

It is not pleasant at all to want to update an application on our Android device and find that it gets stuck in “Pending download”. When this happens we will have to fix it manually. The problem is that there are many reasons why this can happen, this means that we will have to try several solutions until we find the one that helps us solve this problem.

Clear Google Play cache

An overloaded cache can cause any application to malfunction, we even recommend clearing the cache as a first step when any application malfunctions. This can also happen with the Play Store, so to solve it we are going to do the following:

The first thing we will do is enter the “Settings” of our device.

Android applications.

Then we will have to click on “Applications”.

Google Play Store.

Next, we are going to search for the “Google Play Store” application.

Play Store storage.

Once we are inside the application from the configuration menu, we will have to click on “Storage”.

Clear cache to fix Play Store update stuck problem

Now we will have to click on the “Clear cache” button. Generally clear app cache helps solve a huge number of problems, more than we imagine. So now the application update should work.

Adjust the download queue

Play Store is responsible for keeping all the applications that we have installed on the device updated. This is something important because in many of them we have important information. Therefore, for security reasons, it is ideal to keep the settings like this. The problem is that sometimes so many updates are installed at the same time that the one we really want is at the end of the waiting queue, but we can give it priority.

Open Play Store.

To achieve this, the first thing we will do is open the Play Store on our mobile.

Profile picture

Next, we will have to click on the menu icon which are the three horizontal lines or on the profile photo that is generally in the upper right corner.

My apps and games.

When the new window opens, we will have to choose “My applications and games”, in this section we will see all the applications and games that are in the download queue. In case we don’t find any, then this is not what is causing the pending download issue. Instead, if we find one or more, we will have to go ahead with this method.

Stop other downloads to fix Play Store update stuck issue

Now we can press the “X” button next to an application to cancel its download, we can even press the “Stop” button to stop all at once and in this way we will be giving priority to the app we want to update. Then we return to this section and select to update all at once and that’s it.

Delete the Play Store account and add it again

Another great solution to this problem, for some strange reason, is to delete the Play Store account and add it again.

Android Settings.

For this we will have to go to “Settings”.

Users and accounts.

Then we will have to scroll down until we find the “Users and passwords” section. We must bear in mind that in some versions of Android the menu changes and may be Accounts and backups> Users and accounts.

Choose account to delete to fix Play Store update stuck issue

Once we are here, we will have to locate the Google account and press it.

Delete Google account.

Now we are going to scroll down and click on the “Delete” button. Next, we enter the Play Store again and enter the account information again. In this way we should be able to solve the problem that the update of a Play Store app gets stuck.

Check storage

Obviously when our device is running out of space, downloading or updating applications is not possible. To verify whether or not this is the problem, we will do the following.


First we will have to enter “Settings”.

Android storage.

After this we will have to go to “Storage” in some devices it can be About phone> Storage. It will depend on the Android version, manufacturer and customization layer. Although as a last option we can use the search engine at the top and write “Storage”.

Delete applications and junk files.

Here we will have to verify if we have enough space to be able to install new applications. Generally we will be able to see by categories, which one occupies more storage, when entering that category we will be able to see in detail which applications are the ones that are consuming the most. Even if we find videos or images we will see the files that are really heavy. In this case, “Bloatware” applications can have a very negative effect on the storage of the device. They are apps that do not have any special purpose and that the only thing they serve is to consume space. It is best to eliminate them. We will also have to verify that the SD card works properly. Sometimes when the microSD malfunctions, it can cause problems with new downloads. If that is the case we will have to remove the SD card and check if the download starts correctly. Share it with your friends!

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