iPhone & iPad apps stuck waiting, not downloading

iPad Help, Tips & Tricks
// 12 October 2015

When downloading, updating or syncing apps to an iDevice on an iPhone 6, apps may occasionally get stuck waiting and never finish installing on the iPhone. Even with the latest update on iOS 9, this error would appear sometimes.

First, give the app enough time to download and make sure it’s actually stuck before proceeding. Most apps download within a few minutes over Wi-Fi but if you are downloading or updating several apps this could take much longer depending on the size of apps and the speed of your internet connection.

Also, if you are downloading or updating apps over Wi-Fi or 3G make sure the problem is not with your data connection before proceeding.

Restarting iOS 8 iPhone Devices

The easiest way to clear up apps that are stuck waiting is a Restart.

To Restart or Reboot your iPad air, iPhone or iPad touch;

  1. Press an hold the Sleep/Wake button (top right corner) until the red slider appears.
  2. Slide your finger to turn off the device.
  3. Give it a minute to shut down, then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.

This will sometimes clear up apps that have difficulty installing but if that did not resolve your problem then keep reading.

Download and Sync Apps With iTunes

    1. The next method will require you to plug you device into your computer and open iTunes.

If you were installing a new app that is not on your computer, you should be able to download the app without being charged. Make sure you are signed in with the same account that made the purchase. When you locate the app in the iTunes Store, you should see “install” or “Downloaded” instead of a price. Download the app or apps to iTunes on your computer.

    1. Select your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch under Devices on the left.
    2. Click the Apps tab and check “Sync Apps”.
    3. Select the apps you want to sync in the left-hand column. You can select all apps by clicking on an app checkbox while holding down the Control key on Windows or the Command key on Mac OS X.

  1. Sync to transfer the apps you selected to your device.

Remove and Reinstall Apps from iTune

Hopefully your problem has already been resolved by this point but here’s one more method that should certainly clear up the issue. I have saved this for last since it is the most time consuming. The length of time will depend on the number of apps you sync to the device.

  1. Uncheck “Sync Apps” from the same screen we were using above and sync the device. This will remove all the apps on the device.
  2. After the device has finished syncing check “Sync Apps” again.
  3. Select the apps you want to install and sync the device.

Do you have enough space on the iPhone?

Sometimes your iPhone 6 is out of storage space. When your iPhone is full on storage, you won’t be able to download any more apps. You can fix this by uninstalling apps that you don’t use.

Resetting iPhone settings

Go Tap on Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings

This will reset the default setting for the iPhone, it won’t delete photos and other media.

If the above trick doesn’t work out, try reseting your internet setting.

Tap on Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Setttings

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12 thoughts on “iPhone & iPad apps stuck waiting, not downloading

  1. Lacori Mitchell says:

    My games are not downloading

  2. Megan says:

    I have done Everythink to get rid of it but it won’t budge

  3. Rochelle says:

    Done everything same issue

  4. Chuck says:

    Ios 9 broke my phone I can’t download anything

  5. Mary says:

    I cannot open links in eMails. They stopped working for some reason….is there something I can do to remedy this? They used to work great!

  6. Bernadette says:

    My apps are not letting download it says waiting

  7. Bernadette says:

    How do I get my apps to download it says wait

  8. Ue mum says:

    It only lets me click download and about 5 seconds later it dissaperas from my home page / any page

  9. Victor de la Garza says:

    My iPad Air will not update apps. Have re-booted, tried deleting and no results. Does Apple not have a fix for this issue as I see that I am not the only one with. This is an expensive device and for that price I would expect some service.

  10. Mary Rought says:

    My kindle is stuck on installing. It downloaded and read as open but now it doesn’t do anything

  11. joanne ruyle says:

    kindle app stuck on waiting. reboot didn t work

  12. Leonard says:

    Shut IPad off to reboot and the app loaded perfectly!

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