Posted June 23, 2013 by Jason VanBuskirk in Technology

Apps ever get stuck “Waiting”?

So, a few nights ago, I tried updating a few apps on my iPhone. The usual, went into the app store, selected “update all” and the updating began. Except this time, all four apps said “waiting” and never actually loaded. Obviously frustrated, I tried every trouble shooting tip I knew, and nothing worked, except for the one listed below. With the power of the internet, I came across this blog post on www.labnol.org. If you’ve ever experienced the annoyance of apps getting stuck in “waiting” mode, this trick definitely works.

apps waitingHow to Download iOS Apps Stuck on “Waiting..”

Trying to update an iOS App but the download is taking forever?
You open the iTunes Apps Store on your iPad /iPhone and click “install” to download an app. The app icon appears on your device home screen with the “waiting..” status. You go for a coffee, come back but the app hasn’t downloaded yet – the blue progress bar on the app’s icon isn’t moving and the status is still “waiting.”

This isn’t a new problem but am facing it more and more ever since I upgraded the second-generation iPad to iOS 6. The official Apple forums are flooded with similar complaints and there has been no official response /fix so far.

Resume App Downloads on your iOS Device
So how do you download and update apps that are stuck at “waiting..” forever? Here are some possible solutions:

  1. You can download the app on your computer using iTunes and then sync to transfer the app to your iPhone /iPad.
  2. Or, long-tap the icon on the home-screen until the icons begins to shake. Now delete the “waiting” app and reinstall it from the iTunes store. This isn’t the best option as you may lose some of the custom settings that were previously associated with the app.
  3. Or, single tap the app’s icon on the home screen and it will pause the download. Now go back to the iTunes Apps store, switch to the “Updates” screen and click “Update” to resume the download. This is what I do on my iOS device and the fix works most of the times.
  4. Or, go to Settings -> iTunes & App Stores and tap the Apple ID to sign-out. Restart the iPad, go back to Settings -> iTunes Apps Store and sign-in. Tap the waiting icon to update the app.

Step number 4 worked immediately for me and I was able to resume updating the apps as normal. Hope this helps you!

Jason VanBuskirk

Jason VanBuskirk
Class A Golf Course Superintendent at Stow Acres Country Club located in Stow, MA. Apple Fanatic and Contributor for iTurf Apps and iTurf Apps Live Podcasts.