How Do you Fix an Android Phone Unable to Download Apps? (Explained)

How Do you Fix an Android Phone Unable to Download Apps? (Explained)

Many mobile operating systems have failed in the past owing to app compatibility and constraints. Without apps, your ability to utilize a phone or tablet is severely limited.

The same is true for defects and flaws in your AndroidOS device. While the operating system supports a large range of applications, problems are nevertheless possible and, if left unresolved, can render your smartphone almost worthless. So, what should you do if your Android device is refusing to download or install apps?

This post will lead you through basic troubleshooting methods and fixes so you can go back to installing apps on your Android device as soon as possible.

How Do You fix an Android phone’s unable to download apps?

  1. Examine Your memory Available Space
  2. Examine Your internet Network
  3. Examine Your Time and Date Settings
  4. Clear Google Play Store Cache
  5. Remove Google Play Updates


Some Of The Reasons Android Device Won’t Download or Install Apps.

Because the Google Play Store is fairly dependable, major issues are uncommon. But if you can’t download apps right now, something is wrong elsewhere. Before we go into more intuitive methods, let’s go over some things you should look into first.

If you can’t download apps, cross the following off your list first:

  • Is your smartphone charged? – Some devices may not allow you to download new apps until it is more than 15%, or even 30%, charged.
  • Have you had a good internet connection?  You could be using cellular data, or you could be connected to WiFi but the connection is weak. If feasible, try another WiFi network.
  • Have you tried restarting your device? Most difficulties, including those with the Google Play Store, can be resolved by restarting your phone.
  • Is there a problem with the Google Play Store as a whole? Examine the down detector webpage. Perhaps Google is experiencing a major problem, and you simply need to wait for the developers to resolve it.

Now that we’ve covered the fundamentals of quick fixes, try downloading an app from the Play Store. If your Android device is still unable to download or install apps, consider the following solutions.

  • Examine Your Available Space

When troubleshooting a device, it’s always a good idea to start with the basics. Downloads are subject to the availability of storage space.

Most programs are only a few gigabytes in size, but some are significantly more. Is there enough room on your device? Do you need to do any spring cleaning before bringing in new items?

First, verify the storage on your devices by performing the following steps:

Because the Android interface differs by manufacturer and version, our course focuses on general guidelines that should apply to everyone.

If your storage is full, you can easily erase infrequently used apps by pressing on Apps, selecting the apps you want to delete, and then tapping Uninstall.

Return to the Google Play Store and try to download the desired app again. If you have a lot of storage space, keep reading for additional ideas.

  • Examine Your Network

We touched on it briefly earlier, but your network connection has a lot to do with your ability to download apps. Let’s dig deeper into your internet connection if your downloads are extremely slow or not happening at all.

Check sure the network you’re connected to has enough strength to keep the connection regardless of how you download your apps (through WiFi or cellular data).

If your WiFi is crowded, you’re almost out of range, or you only have one or two bars of signal, you might want to wait until you’re in a better location before downloading your app.

Websites and programs not loading properly are one of the first signs that you have network connectivity troubles.

You may verify a stable connection by running a speed test using your phone’s browser or if you already have the app.

If you’re connected to Wi-Fi, try switching to cellular data. If another Wi-Fi network is accessible, you can try it. If cellular data is your sole option, make sure that background data usage is enabled in your Android device’s settings.

  • Restart Your Device

A device restart is one of the most basic and effective ways to resolve software issues. Perhaps your issues are the result of a simple bug.

A reboot will cause the phone to discard all of the code it was processing and restart. New processes will be loaded into memory, and you may be able to download the software without encountering any problems.

How Do you Fix an Android Phone Unable to Download Apps? (Explained)
  • Examine Your Time and Date Settings

Authentication is a mobile process that requires your device to be authenticated with Google Play and the download server at the precise time.

Most of our phones automatically sync date and time with the network, but it’s worth double-checking.

All you need to do is ensure that your operating system is set to the correct time zone. If it’s correct, proceed. If it isn’t, make the necessary changes or set it to automatic.

  • Clear Google Play Store Cache

If your Android device still does not download or install apps after following all of these instructions, it may be worthwhile to erase the Store cache.

The cache is a temporary storage location where the Google Play Store saves all of the data it utilizes and/or requires to function. It can become corrupted, thus it is worth examining.

  • Remove Google Play Updates

It’s no secret that software updates have a habit of introducing new issues. If the problem with the Play Store started after a software update, you can remove the most recent version.

Reverting to an earlier version of the software may be all that is required to resolve an issue.

Final thought

You may receive an error that prevents you from updating programs, among other problems with the Play Store.

The majority of your applications will be uploaded to the Google Play Store by the Android operating system.

The majority of the methods stated above apply to this issue, as well as the inability to install apps. However, as an extra precaution, you should try to force stop the program in question.

Related Article:

How Do You Fix an Android Phone/ tablet That Won’t Turn On? (Explained)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. View more
Cookies settings
Privacy & Cookie policy
Privacy & Cookies policy
Cookie nameActive

 Our website address is


 When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


 If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


 If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser. When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select "Remember Me", your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed. If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

 Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

 If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long do we retain your data?

 If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profiles. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights do you have over your data?

 If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about these Terms and Conditions, You can contact us:
  • By email:
Save settings
Cookies settings