Fix iOS Apps Stuck on “Waiting…” During Download & Install
If you’re trying to install or download a handful of iOS apps, sometimes an app or even your entire home screen is filled with app icons labeled “Waiting…”. Even worse, sometimes those apps stuck on “Waiting” can be without any of the progress bars moving, with a failure to complete downloading or installing.
Don’t sweat it, if your iPhone or iPad apps are renamed as “Waiting” and they are stuck in that status, you can fix this fairly easily with the two methods detailed below.
This applies to all versions of iOS for stuck on “Waiting” apps, but try the first method mentioned before going all out with with a reboot of the iPhone or iPad device.
How to Fix Apps Stuck on “Waiting” on iPhone & iPad
The simplest way to fix an app stuck on “waiting” is quite easy, here’s what you do:
- Locate the app(s) that is stuck on “Waiting”
- Tap a single app icon so that it says “Paused”, and then tap that app icon again to see if it resumes downloading
- After a successful pause and resume of the stuck app, the “Waiting” status should change in a moment to the standard download and install process
If you are downloading, updating, or installing multiple apps at the same time and there are multiple apps stuck on “Waiting” it is a good idea to pause most of them and try to just update or download one app at a time. This is particularly true for bandwidth constraints or those with slower internet connections. By allowing a single app to download and update at a time, it often moves faster.
iOS Apps Still Stuck on Waiting? Try a Device Reboot
If pausing and resuming didn’t work, you can restart the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and that often will remedy the apps stuck on “waiting” issue as well.
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, and that is also resolved with a reboot in most scenarios.
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.