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How to Fix iPhone App Downloads Stuck in “Waiting” on Homescreen

Have you ever encountered issues while downloading apps onto your iPhone? I ran into an error while downloading apps onto my iPhone today that I haven’t experienced before. After selecting an app to download, the app would be stuck with a grayed out icon and a “Waiting…” status.

How to fix your app downloads stuck in “Waiting…”?

Easy! Thanks to the power of twitter, @TheChrisBayliss said to “respring your Springboard”. For jailbroken iPhone users, this means going to SBSettings and doing a respring. Of course, after my quick respring, the apps stuck in “Waiting…” had disappeared.

For regular iPhone users, turning off/on your iPhone should do the trick.

If the above solution doesn’t work for you, here’s another way to fix this via an Apple Support Discussion thread:

Here is what I did to get rid of the stuck “Waiting…”
1. Went to itunes and downloaded the update for the app.
2. Connected my iphone to my computer and sync my iphone so the app was updated on my iphone.
3. But the “waiting…” grayed out box was still there and the updated app was not, so I opened up App Store on my iphone.
4. Closed App Store and the “Waiting…” grayed out box was gone and replaced with the updated application.

Just a quick tip to help anyone stuck with this problem in the future.

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  • Ken

    I get this all the time !! ill try this out next time !! Thanks !!

  • Dazza

    Respringing works as well

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Yup, that’s what I wrote above. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Xaroc  Xaroc

    Yea happen a few times to me ever since I started using iOS 4.2.1
    As stated a simple respiring/restart works.

    Another issue I noticed is that the “continuous wifi” thats suppose to be in iOS 4.X isn’t working with 4.2.1 when downloading a large app such as a game via wifi on my iPhone I have to keep the device from sleeping or wifi falls back to 3G and the download stops. Only way to start it again is to click on it, or sometimes open the app store, prompt and enter your password again, to make it continue. Sometimes it starts right back from the beginning again >.<

  • iFan

    is this a new bug found in iOS 4.2?

  • http://twitter.com/Xaroc  Xaroc

    Two people said it now. So it must be true lol ^_~

  • az

    Is the screenshot yours? Do you watch Turkish television?

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    No. But maybe I should start!

  • Anonymous

    Still on 4.1 and I’ve noticed this awhile back….didn’t know about the fixes though but I believe the bug existed prior to 4.2. That’s my experience.

  • Zeke2d

    I’m running 3.1.2 and I get this whenever the internet disconnects when you’re downloading an app.

  • http://twitter.com/Xaroc  Xaroc

    Yes that would happen with 3.X because Continuous WiFi was not introduced until the iOS 4 update.

  • ME

    I found an easier way. Just power off your iPhone and turn it back on. GONE

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  • DEF

    I ran into a similar issue when I tried to update Facebook. Initially it would stick in Installing for over half hour. I cycled the power on the iphone, the message changed to Waiting. I found from another post the fix is by performing a hard reset to the iphone. Push the ‘Home’ button and ‘Lock’ push button simultaneously and wait for the silver apple to appear. You will be prompted with an iTune App Store sign on message. Log in and the Waiting will go away. The whole time Facebook was just waiting for a password, but for some reasons the prompt could not show. This is probably why sometimes if you logon to a totally different wifi access point and it fixes the issue as well.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FIGVSCMBAJC5YF5EESYGSRMLWU Reggie

    Stuck on waiting on my Macbook Pro. Thats it Apple I will not be using your freaking lame ass app store again.

  • ZHoe

    I downloaded update hider on my iOS 4.3.2 iphone 3GS and i realised it couldn’t work for my iOS yet. So I went to delete it in cydia. When I come back to the springboard, there is this waiting app, which is the update hider. I restarted my phone with all the methods, be it Sbsettings, holding both buttons. But nothing work. I don’t want to upgrade my phone just yet. What should I do? 

  • Tlcallies

    Thank you! I feel like an idiot now knowing all I had to do was turn it on and off!