Mobile Phones Android How to Cancel a Frozen App Download on Android If rebooting Android fails, forcing an app stop usually does the trick by Jason Hidalgo Writer Jason Hidalgo is an award-winning technology and business journalist whose writing has also appeared in Engadget, USA Today, and the Reno Gazette-Journal. our editorial process Jason Hidalgo Updated on February 26, 2020 Android Switching from iOS Tweet Share Email The Google Play Store for Android offers a tested and stable environment to download apps for almost everything you can do with your Android device. If you experience the random app-download crash, a stuck download, or a frozen screen, rebooting the device should get things moving again. In rare situations, however, more involved fixes may be necessary. The directions below should apply no matter who made your Android device: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc. Use Download Manager for Stuck Google Play Store App Download For most Android phones, apps are downloaded from the Google Play Store. To clear caches and get the download unstuck, force the Play Store to close. Open the Settings app. Tap Apps & notifications. On a Samsung Galaxy and some older devices, tap Apps. In the Recently opened apps list, tap See all # apps. If the app list on your phone looks different, skip this step. Samsung Galaxy phones and phones with older versions of Android don't organize the list based on when the apps were used. In the list of apps, tap Google Play Store. On the App Info page, tap Force Stop to stop the Google Play Store and app downloads. Tap OK to confirm your choice. Open Google Play Store and download the app again. Use Download Manager to Fix Stuck Android Market App Download For older phones using, for example, Android 2.1 with Android Market, the process is slightly different. Open the Settings app or access the Settings menu. Tap Applications, then tap Manage applications to display a list of apps. Tap Market. If you don't see the Market app, tap the Menu icon and select Filter to display a list of filter options. Then, tap All to show all the installed apps. Tap Clear cache. Tap Force stop. If you still experience difficulty, go to Download Manager, tap Clear data, then tap Force close. Private Stores and Sideloading Some organizations, including large employers, offer custom Android apps outside the Google Play Store. In general, the same process for fixing frozen downloads follows, except instead of performing a force close on the Google Play Store app, force close the proprietary market app. Advanced Android users sometimes sideload (load an app that's not from the Google Play Market) through various tools. Performing a force close on the sideloading app sometimes works. A broken sideloaded app represents a security and stability risk to the device. It's best to uninstall the app and try again. If you use the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) to sideload, manage things from the computer you use to access your Android device. ADB was designed for developers and has tools that deal with bugs and breakage. Reconnect your device or restart the ADB service to set things straight first.