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How to fix the ‘something went wrong please try again’ error on Play Store?

Google’s Play Store is perhaps the largest online repository of apps and games for Android you’ll ever come across, not to mention the official way of installing apps on an Android device. However, it isn’t perfect and, at times, might end up giving you a somewhat confusing error. 

In this article, we’re talking about the “something went wrong, please try again” error on Play Store and what you can do to fix the problem.


Try again

You should first do what the error tells you to; try again. Several times simply giving it another shot will let the process go through, and whatever app or game you’re trying to install will work just fine.

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Check your internet connectivity

Next up, you should look at is if you have an active internet connection. Whether it’s WiFi or mobile data, make sure you’re connected to the internet and that you’re getting good enough speeds.

Sometimes, the Play Store is waiting for a download, and your internet connection could very likely be the culprit.


Try clearing the cache and storage

Often a buggy cache or storage can cause problems with the way an app works, and the Play Store is no exception to this fact. If nothing seems to work, you can try clearing out the cache and if that doesn’t work either, clear the storage. 

How to fix Google Play Store stuck waiting for download issue?
  • Tap and hold on 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. 

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Uninstall Play Store updates

Since you can’t manually remove the Play Store from your phone, there’s no way to reinstall it, but you can sort of do the same by uninstalling all the Play Store updates and forcing them to download again. Here’s how.

How to fix Google Play Store stuck waiting for download issue?
  • Tap and hold on 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. Your downloads should start right away. 


Reset App preferences

This could be another potential hurdle in Play Store’s way. Try resetting the app preferences to see if it makes a difference. Here’s how.

How to fix Google Play Store stuck waiting for download issue?
  • Head over your phone’s settings and tap on Apps & notifications.
  • Tap on See all apps. 
  • Tap on the three vertical dots in the top -right. 
  • Tap on Reset app preferences.                  

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Check app download preferences

The Play Store has a native setting that only downloads apps over WiFi. If you’ve enabled this setting and you’re not on WiFi by any chance, your downloads will be paused until you get on one. 

Here’s how you can cross-check these settings. 

How to fix Google Play Store stuck waiting for download issue?
  • Head over to the Play Store and tap on the hamburger icon in the top-left.
  • Tap on Settings. 
  • Under General, tap on App download preference and make sure it’s set to Over any network. 

Check your phone’s date and time

More often than not, having a wrong date and time combination on a client device can mess things up with a server. This will usually happen when you try to visit a website from a computer with an incorrect date or time.

If your phone’s date and time are also incorrect, this could very well be causing problems with Google’s servers and hence, interrupting your downloads. Here’s how you can fix this

How to fix Google Play Store stuck waiting for download issue?
  • Head over to your phone’s Settings and search for Date. Tap on the Date & Time option that pops up under System.
  • Make sure you’re using the date/time details provided by your network or you’ve set these settings to automatically update. 

Now restart your phone and try the download again. 

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