Have you noticed an app icon (or multiple icons) on your iPhone Home Screen that is stuck at the “Waiting”, “Loading” or “Installing” stages? A number of reasons — such as network connectivity and errors in system software — can cause it when you install, update, or restore apps.
Work your way through the following list of fixes and suggestions and you should be able to resolve the issue fairly quickly.
1. Give it a while
Provided you have a moderately fast internet connection, your iPhone can download and install most apps in minutes (if not seconds).
But if an app is unusually large and closes to or exceeds gigabytes, that takes extra time and the app can get “stuck” on “Loading” or “Installing.” Just give it some time, and you’ll be fine. You can always check the download size of any app through the App Store.
Also, it is not uncommon to see many apps stuck in the “Waiting” state immediately after restoring an iOS device from a backup. Since you’ve got dozens of apps “waiting” to download from the App Store, you may have to wait an hour, or even more, until everything finishes installing correctly.
2. Check Apple System Status
Server-side issues can also cause iPhones to notoriously take a long time to download or update apps. You can check if this is the case by going to Apple’s System Status page.
If you notice any of the problems listed next to App Store, you have to wait until Apple resolves the issue. Your iPhone will automatically complete the app download or installation as soon as the App Store is fully operational again.
3. Pause / Resume installation
Pausing and resuming apps that are frozen at “Loading” or “Installing” can “push” your iPhone to complete the stuck download.
Just tap the app icon and the status will change to Paused. Then wait up to 10 seconds and tap the icon again. Hopefully the progress indicator will start turning positive shortly after.
4. Enable/Disable Airplane Mode
Switching Airplane Mode can fix weird connectivity issues that keep apps stuck at “Waiting,” “Downloading,” or “Installing” indefinitely.
Start by opening Setting the app and turn on the toggle next to it Airplane mode. Then wait at least 10 seconds before turning off the switch. Follow by pausing and resuming the app or the app is stuck.
5. Deactivate Virtual Private Networks
VPN (virtual private network) offers excellent protection against privacy-related threats. But they can also prevent your iPhone from connecting to the App Store.
If you use a VPN, try disabling it while installing or updating apps by going to Setting > VPN.
6. Renew iPhone’s IP Lease
When using Wi-Fi, renewing your IP (Internet Protocol) lease can help restore an unstable connection between your iPhone and your router.
To do that, open your iPhone Setting application, select WIFI, and click Information next to an active Wi-Fi connection. Follow by tapping Renewal of rental contract.
If that doesn’t improve the connection, you may want to reset your router or switch to a different Wi-Fi hotspot.
7. Restart your iPhone
Restarting your iPhone can quickly eliminate minor system-related glitches that cause apps to crash at “Pending,” “Loading,” or “Installing.”
Start by going to Setting > Shared > Turn off and pull Power icon on the right to turn off the device. Then wait up to 30 seconds and hold down Edge to restart it.
8. Switch to mobile data
To rule out problems caused by Wi-Fi, consider switching to mobile data and check if your iPhone keeps installing apps or stuck apps. However, depending on your data plan, that may cost you extra.
Note: Go Setting > App Store > Download the app to make sure that your iPhone has the necessary permissions to use mobile data to download apps.
9. Delete & Reload Apps
If an app is stuck at “Loading” or “Installing” due to a corrupted or damaged download, it can be helpful to remove the app and start a new download.
To do that, start by long-pressing an empty area on the Home screen to “shake” all the app icons. Then follow up by tapping Delete icon to delete the application. If you use iOS 13 or later, you can also long-press the app icon and tap Cancel download.
Restart your iPhone. Then re-download the app from the App Store.
10. System software update
Newer iOS releases come with a variety of fixes that can help resolve issues with an app (or apps) stuck at the “Waiting,” “Loading,” or “Installing” stages. put”.
Start by going to Setting > Shared > Software updates. Once iPhone has finished scanning for new updates, tap Download and install to apply them.
11. Sign out / Sign back in to the App Store
A quick sign out of the iPhone’s App Store and back in can also help resolve stuck updates or app downloads.
To do that, go to Setting > Apple ID > Vehicles & Purchases and press Log out. Follow by restarting your iPhone. Then, open the App Store and sign in with your Apple ID.
12. Reset iPhone’s Network Settings
Restoring network settings on your iPhone can fix serious underlying problems with Internet connectivity. Go Setting > Shared > Reset and press Reset Network Settings to start the network settings reset.
The reset procedure will delete all saved Wi-Fi networks, so you have to reconnect to them manually afterwards. However, your iPhone should reconfigure any cellular network-related settings on its own.
13. Reset all phone settings
If resetting network settings doesn’t help, it’s best to reset all settings on your iPhone. That should resolve corrupted or conflicting device profiles that are preventing apps from downloading correctly.
To initiate a complete reset, go to Setting > Shared > Reset and press Reset all settings.
Fixed: App downloaded and installed successfully
Quick fixes like pausing and resuming downloads or restarting your iPhone almost always work to fix apps that are stuck at “Waiting,” “Loading,” or “Installing.” If not, applying some advanced solutions (such as resetting network settings) will definitely help.