We use our phones for all different types of tasks and activities. The average person has 35 different applications installed on their phone at any given moment. That’s a lot of different programs! 

That’s why it can be deeply frustrating when your apps aren’t downloading properly on your device. It can stop you in your tracks or get you behind schedule on your day. 

Are apps not downloading on your phone recently? There are different steps you can take to attempt to resolve this issue. With a little work, you should be back up and running again. Read on and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know.

1. Attempt to Download Over Wi-Fi

The way you access information and applications on your phone might differ from other people. You might primarily use data provided by your cell phone company to load things on your phone. Or, you might stay connected to various Wi-Fi signals as much as possible.

If you’re not currently connected to Wi-Fi and are experiencing download problems, the easiest thing to try is connecting to Wi-Fi as opposed to 4G LTE. There are many reasons why trying to download an app over 4G might fail.

There’s a chance you have pushed past the data limits of your cell phone plan or are unable to use the data to download more applications. The Apple store (if you’re using an iPhone) also puts limits on cellular data. 

You can’t download an app that is over 200MB on cellular data as decreed by Apple. Older versions of iOS were limited to an even stricter 150MB. 

If you switch over to a Wi-Fi network and are able to download the app you were having trouble with then you can feel secure in saying that the issue is with your cellular service in one way or another. 

While this could prompt further issues to dig into, you at least will have successfully downloaded the app you needed. You’ll want to make sure you haven’t accidentally turned your phone on Airplane Mode, which will block downloads made through Wi-Fi and cellular network means.

2. Check Your Storage

While your cell phone may contain what feels like half your life, it doesn’t contain infinite space. Eventually, you will run out of space on your cell phone and it won’t be able to hold any more photos, contacts, or applications.

If that happens, you won’t be able to download any more applications. In most cases, you will be prompted with this notice when you try to download an app. You will likely be told there is not enough room on your phone for the new application.

However, there are some instances or errors where this message might not populate. If you have a lot on your cell phone, it might be worth deleting some old photos, messages, or apps that you no longer use.

Clearing up this space and attempting to download the app again might yield better results.

3. Try Doing a Few Restarts

‘Have you tried turning it on and off again?’ This is such a common question from tech support teams across many industries that it has become something of a punch line in the cultural lexicon.

However, this is because it’s a tried and true strategy. Simply restarting something can be a simple solution that solves many issues with computers and cell phones.

You can start by attempting to pause and then restart the specific download that you were in the middle of doing. You can hit pause (which should’ve replaced the download button on most cell phones) wait a few moments, and then attempt to continue the download.

If this doesn’t work, you can try to restart the App Store altogether. Quit out of the application, give it a few moments, and then try to re-enter and start your download again.

If none of this works, you can attempt to restart your phone as a whole. Upon reboot, you can reopen the App Store and see if your application downloads work successfully.

While it’s frustrating to have to deal with stalled downloads, it’s always refreshing when a fix is just a simple reset away. If you’re still having issues, there’s a chance your cell phone might need some repair work

4. Update Your Operating System

If you’re like many people, you might tend to ignore those updates that tell you that you need to update your phone’s operating system. Often, that means deleting items to make room for an update and a wealth of trouble that many don’t feel like getting into.

However, failing to update your phone’s operating system can result in a wealth of problems. These updates provide important fixes and improvements to your cell phone. Failure to install could result in buggy behavior– the kind of behavior that could result in an app not downloading properly.

How and where you update your cell phone will depend on the kind of cell phone that you have. Most phones have the option to upgrade easily accessible in the phone’s main settings. These updates are free of charge and only serve to make your phone function more smoothly.

Once the update is done, you should attempt your download again. The results might now be a lot more positive.

Are Apps Not Downloading?

Are your apps not downloading properly on your cell phone? If yes, you could use the above information right away. Attempting these steps can help to resolve the issue.

Still, having issues with your cell phone? Call us anytime for professional assistance.  

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