Fix iOS Apps Stuck on “Waiting…” During Download & Install
If you’re trying to install a handful of iOS apps and your entire home screen is filled with app icons labeled “Waiting…” without any of the progress bars moving, downloading, or installing, you can fix this fairly easily with the two methods below. Try the first method before going nuclear with a reboot though:
- Tap a single app icon so that it says “Paused” and then tap that app icon again to see if it resumes downloading
- If pausing and resuming didn’t work: Reboot the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch
You may notice a related issue where apps from the App Store will say they’re “Installing” though they aren’t appearing on the iOS home screen yet, that is also resolved with a reboot.
It’s not totally clear what causes this, though it seems that a lot of people are encountering the problem right now when moving from an old iPad to a new one. It could be that Apple’s servers are just overloaded with downloads from the App Store, or it could be a bug.