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Looks like another app is blocking Google Play: Quick Fix

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Android is by far the most popular mobile operating system on the planet all powered by Google’s services. As far as Android has come from the old laggy system it used to be, it still isn’t perfect and keeps running into random bugs and glitches from time to time. 

In this article, we’re taking a look at the “another app is blocking Google Play” error on Android, its causes and what you can do to fix the problem. 

What causes this error?

The main reason why you’re seeing this error is simply that a third-party app is blocking Google Play, most likely by taking over your screen. A few Android apps can ask for permission to display overlays or bubbles on your screen which are positioned on top of any other apps that you might be using. 

Sometimes these apps can restrict certain apps from opening in order to protect the user. For example, if you have a screen-sharing app open, your banking app might not open itself to protect you from accidentally being scammed. The same applies to Google Play.

Also read: Google Play Services keep stopping: 9 Fixes

How to fix this?

Here are four solutions you can try out. 

Restart your phone

Before trying any other complex solutions, try restarting your phone to see if that fixes the issue. Restarting your device can fix a bunch of seemingly random issues including any apps not working as intended. 

Disable screen overlay access

As mentioned before, the leading cause of this error is that a third-party app is displaying itself over other apps on your phone. Here’s how you can change that. 

  • Head over to your phone settings and tap Apps.
  • Scroll down and tap Special app access.
  • Tap Display over other apps.
  • Make sure that Google Play is allowed and any third-party apps that you might be using aren’t allowed to display over other apps. 

Clear the Google Play Store cache

Corrupt files in the cache can cause all sorts of random troubles. Try clearing the Play Store’s cache and data to see if that solves your problem. 

How to fix Google Play Store stuck waiting for download issue?
  • Tap and hold the Play Store icon and then tap on the small icon that shows up in the top-right.
  • Tap on Storage & cache.
  • You’ll have the option to clear your storage and cache both. We recommend that you first clear the cache and check to see if it resolves the issue. If it doesn’t, try clearing the storage too. 

Uninstall Play Store updates

If clearing the cache didn’t work, try uninstalling all Play Store updates and installing them again. 

How to fix Google Play Store stuck waiting for download issue?
  • Tap and hold the Play Store icon and then tap on the small icon that shows up in the top-right.
  • Tap on the three vertical dots in the top right. 
  • Tap on Uninstall updates. 

Now restart Play Store and wait for the updates to download. Once done, it should start working fine on its own. 

Also read: Google Play Store Tags: What are they, and how to use them?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: