Stuck at installing apps from Google Play Store? Solution is here!

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Many of you may have very slow 2G/EDGE internet connection on your Android phone and you’re stuck at installing apps from Google Play Store. The reason behind this is Google Play Store transfers data in background to update itself or something else. Without completing the background data transfer, Play Store won’t start downloading apps. It will be showing Downloading, loading bar will be running, you will also see data is receiving on the status bar at the top of your screen – but the download won’t start!

To solve this problem, follow these steps below.

  1. Search your app you want to install and click on INSTALL > ACCEPT
  2. Now, minimize play Store and go to Settings >Β Apps > RUNNING
  3. If you found Google Play Store and Google Play services then tap and stop both
  4. Clicked on show cached processes, and if you found them again – stop them again
  5. Now Open play store again and your download will just start πŸ™‚

I hope this post helped you. If you have any problem regarding installing apps from Google Play Store, leave a comment.

Thank you!

69 thoughts on “Stuck at installing apps from Google Play Store? Solution is here!

  1. Hey it worked, Than you πŸ™‚
    but it keeps doing it every single time I try to download an app. What else can I do other than goin into that process every time? πŸ™

    1. Hi George,
      You’re welcome!
      For now, to avoid this – you can use high speed internet πŸ˜› (that is not good)
      If I found something good about this, I’ll post it here.

  2. Hey! Thanks a lot. I’ve tried a lot of ways, clear cache and data, all that did not work.
    You solution worked! But seems that after the apps started downloading, it stops again.
    Any explanation to that?

  3. Hey I’m trying to download a specific app but it get stuck on ‘downloading’, other apps can download its just this one.

    I’ve tried the above but it still isn’t working, any ideas?

      1. I managed to figure it out.
        It wasnt anything with google play it was just me being absent minded, but perhaps this might be the case for other people too since its easy to not realise but:

        I did not have enough space on my device to install the app, and the device does not provide any warning or message about that, it just gets stuck at downloading.

        1. That’s great.
          This is another experience, it might help people with similar problem.
          Thanks for the reply rather than being silent after it got solved πŸ™‚
          I’ll append it to this post ASAP as another solution.

    1. Hello Arpan,
      There may be not enough space.
      Check for free spaces in both phone memory and SD card.
      If it’s the issue, then free some space (more than the size of facebook app).
      Else, reboot your phone and retry.

      1. hi,
        there is no issue related to space as I have new Moto G 16GB. I have tried 3 times downloading facebook from play store but everytime stuck/stop after few mbs.

    1. Hello Soham,
      Try these below.
      1. Update Google Play Store to latest version.
      2. Clear the data/cache of Play Store (Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > All tab > Play Store > Clear data)
      3. Reboot your phone and try again.

  4. Please help me with this issue πŸ™ really upset not able to download any app its jus new phone i took..i tried all the things as u said but nothing works out i rebooted my celll 5 time since now still nothing is possible πŸ™ HTC desire 300

  5. I too had this very annoying problem. I tried all the suggestions I could find online. Clearing data, cache for google play+services, allowing background processes etc etc etc. It did not solve the issue. Since i’m so happy i’ve found the solution i’m going to type the steps in caps : GOTO SETTINGS > APPLICATION MANAGER > GOTO TAB ALL > GOTO GOOGLE PLAY, UNINSTALL ALL UPDATES > GOTO GOOGLE PLAY SERVICES, UNINSTALL ALL UPDATES. Reboot your phone, goto google play (it has the old design, no worries it will update shortly) and you can download all the apps you want!

      1. Unfortunately, did this not work for me and now I can’t use certain apps because they need the latest play services installed. ?

  6. it really works on my proscan plt8235g. many thanks to you., now my problem is how to get the latest firmware and to root plt8235g android,

  7. thank you RenΓ© it worked for me , thanks a loooot , im on Evermiracle and i have enough space but i was stuck , really thank you u saved my phone’s life because i was about to throw it hhh , thanks again

  8. hello can u help me when i install or uninstall apps it goes to google verify apps and crashes this dont me to let install or even uninstall apps plz tell me wat to do to repair this issue lol plz reply quick and thnx

  9. I just donno how to thenk u man I tried evrtn i could w my tablet I took it to repair shops but no one found a solution,i still cnt blive is working again thank you so much

  10. Hi Arpan Das,

    What is the solution you have for infamous android error message “Insufficient Storage Available”. I have tried many options but no way.

    Please inform me if you have some idea. I don’t want to go for rooting as my set is under warranty (just bought in Feb 2015; I have Micromax A104 Canvas Fire2)

  11. Hey it working. App downloading is start. But after some time from start downloading is stop. downloading is not completed. Please help me

  12. I have a somewhat similar problem…

    Before few days everything was okay but now the app downloads but it gets stuck at the status “Installing” Forever…

    Plus I Can’t find any solution on google…

    And I’m running cyanogenmod 12.1.

  13. Sir, I started downloading an app via Vodafone 2G even with internet speeds of 22K per second, I just can’t download a single app.

    It shows

    “Waiting For Network”

    I tried everything

  14. Hi I tried to do as you said and disable updates but it said if I did that Google play store would be uninstalled which I don’t want as I don’t know how to get it back again and need the other aps it downloaded. I am trying to install an alarm for my phone as the Samsung clock has stopped working and will go onto the next day without going off whenever I set it. I have checked storage. cleared cache, put on and off the phone etc and nothing works. Very frustrating – my playstore version is 6.0 I think

  15. hi, its working fine.. after getting stuck at some point, it finally goes on intalling (updating) phase after downloading..


    when i try to update another app, its stuck again..
    what should i do? should i go to the steps every single app that i update?


  16. This worked, except I had to Stop them on the all tab, then go to running tab and click the menu button to stop the cached apps.

    Stopping from the Running tab would not let me completely stop Google Play Services, and, without completely stopping that, it wouldn’t work.

  17. I gets paused after few data from its started to download ,even I tried all the process or setting.. Plz give me the solution

  18. No, still doesn’t work. The Google service starts to restart every time I stop them. Funny thing is that, as gir example if I go to play store for downloading a certain app, that download shows pending and on the background Facebook or messenger starts to get downloaded. Actually, that download never finishes and refreshes from the beginning again and again. Fed up with it. Can you help me out of this @Arpan Das? TIA

  19. didn’t work..i followed all of d steps tht u hv mentioned ,bt still its showing “Waiting For network” πŸ™

  20. hai, all i have s6 after formatting my phone freezing when installing new app from play store. so i found a fix for this. just open browser download and install play store apk.
    good luck

  21. 3 years and a half forwards and this was still the only place I found a working solution for this problem, after spending a few days trying to figure out what was wrong. Thanks so much!

  22. I am unable to download or update apps from play store with my Airtel carrier only. I am able to download from other carriers our even wifi. But at the same time, I am able to download other stuffs outside play store using Airtel. Am really confused what to do. I have tried removing and then re adding accounts and removing cache in play store but could not find a solution…

  23. I am installing an app it is showing downloading pending. How can I known that any other app is downloading………..?

  24. I couldn’t click on play store or services in “running”. I went to downloaded apps and did a force stop on the play store and services. Then tried to download the app again and IT WORKED!!
    Thank you so much!

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