Waiting iPhone apps - how to install, update, reinstall

iPhone waiting apps FAQ: I have an iPhone app in a "waiting" state; how do I get it to finish installing or updating?

I've been asked this "waiting iPhone app" question many times on my How to delete/uninstall iPhone apps article, so I thought I'd take the time to organize all the possible solutions I've seen, and put them in one place. Here then are all the different solutions I've found about how to get waiting iPhone apps to continue their installation or update process.

(Note: Since the iPhone, iPod, and iPad all use the same iOS operating system, these solutions will also work for waiting iPad and iPod apps.)

1) Waiting iPhone app solution - Reboot your iPhone (iPad, or iPod)

The most popular solution I've seen (and the most-written about solution in the comments below) for the waiting iPhone app problem is to reboot your iPhone. Here are some consolidated notes of comments about this "waiting iPhone apps" solution:

The iPhone reboot worked for me! I had about 11 apps with 'waiting' status after I pressed the 'Update' apps button. Somehow the app update process got stuck until the next day. Today, I rebooted my iPhone, and the iPhone apps finished updating themselves.

To reboot your iPhone, hold the iPhone Power button down for about five seconds, until the 'slide to power down' appears; then slide that slider over. Wait a minute or two, and then turn your iPhone back on by pressing the iPhone Power button until you see it come back on. After the reboot, the iPhone app installation/update process resumed, updating each app, one at a time. Hope this helps.

Update, April 14, 2011: I just had this "waiting" problem myself with an iPad app, and rebooting my iPad solved the problem. When the iPad rebooted, I went to look at the app icon, which was on the second screen, and by the time I scrolled over to the second screen it was already in the "Loading..." state.

2) Resume the iPhone app download

This second solution to the "iPhone app waiting" problem has also helped some iPhone owners:

"I simply resumed downloading the app that was loading. I had to 'guess' at which app got stuck, based on the ones that were loaded and the one that was missing. I then went to the app store (on the iPhone, not on the PC) and then started the download/install process for the app I thought did not download correctly. Sure enough that fixed the problem. I have no idea, however, how to figure out which app is causing the problem. I simply guessed and got it right."

So, looking at a specific example, let's assume there was a problem installing or updating the iPhone Twitter app. In this case, you'd follow these steps to fix this iPhone app waiting problem:

  1. Go to the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Find the Twitter app.
  3. Press the 'Free' button.
  4. Press the 'Install' button.
  5. The iPhone Twitter app should be installed/reinstalled.

3) Sign out/in to App Store

From one of the comments below, here's another possible solution to the "iPhone waiting app" problem:

None of the above worked for me (on an iPod Touch), but what did was:

Entered App Store on the Touch, signed out of my account (at the bottom of one of the screens, e.g. "Featured"), returned to the Touch home screen, entered App Store again, signed in, waited. After a few minutes, when the activity indicator (next to the wifi strength indicator, top left) stopped, I went back to the home screen and the waiting app had gone.

Many thanks to a commenter named Graham for this possible solution.

4) Fix a waiting iPhone app - Use a different WiFi network

Digging around the internet, I've read several people say that this problem may be related to your WiFi network and internet access. If so, there are a couple of possible ways around this.

a) Access the internet with a physical cable instead of WiFi

In this possible solution, if the Mac or PC you connect your iPhone to has a direct cable connection to your internet provider (the cable connects from the back of the computer to the box your internet access provider gave you), connect your iPhone to your computer, and attempt to restart the waiting iPhone app through the iTunes app interface.

If this doesn't happen automatically, you can follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPod to your Mac or PC.
  2. Wait until the iPhone/iPod appears in the iTunes 'DEVICES' section.
  3. Click the 'Apps' tab on the right side of iTunes.
  4. Click the 'Sync' button on the bottom-right of iTunes.

b) Use someone else's WiFi network

If that solution doesn't work, see if you can borrow a friend or neighbor's WiFi service. Take your iPhone/iPod over to their home, log into their network, and see if you can get the download to resume. If this doesn't work immediately, also try rebooting your iPhone while at their home, and see if that restarts the process. Also, if you can't get internet access this way, try the free WiFi at a place like Starbucks, McDonald's, or many other coffee shops.

iPhone waiting app solutions - Summary

I hope one of these possible solutions to the "iPhone waiting apps" problem will work for you. As mentioned, because the iPod, iPhone, and iPad now all use the Apple iOS operating system, I assume these solutions will also work for "iPod waiting apps" and "iPad waiting apps". 

If you know of any other potential solutions to this waiting iPhone apps problem, please leave a comment below.

Restarting an app in waiting state....

I have had this ghost image stating "loading" on an app. Cannot delete nor reload from the app store. So I just downloaded a new app and then it picked back up where it left off. You may need to tap on it and pause then tap again to load. But it worked!

Apps in waiting state

The reboot suggestion worked fine for me - after three days of asking advice from everyone I know who has an iPhone!

Waiting Apps

None of the above worked for me (on an iPod Touch), but what did was:-

Entered App Store on the Touch, signed out of my account (at the bottom of one of the screens, e.g. "Featured"), returned to the Touch home screen, entered App Store again, signed in, waited. After a few minutes, when the activity indicator (next to the wifi strength indicator, top left) stopped, I went back to the home screen and the waiting app had gone.

The reboot work for me too

The reboot work for me too

Thanks! The reboot worked :D

Thanks! The reboot worked :D

sign out / sign in is ok

tried everything ... still "waiting".
try to sign out sign in .... perfect, the waiting icons diseappears

Thank you so much, the reboot

Thank you so much, the reboot solution worked right away! And the apps that were in the waiting status (two apps) were both installed when I turned my iPhone back on. =]

On the iphone, try having

On the iphone, try having someone call you. After the call has ended the apps should load up no problem.

Reboot worked

Thanks for putting these solutions in one place. I tried resuming first but Apps Store showed my apps as "INSTALLED" instead of "FREE" and I couldn't resume. Rebooting the phone worked great, though. Thanks!

Apps in waiting state

Thanks so much for your help. After reading the hundreds of pages of the iphone manual I was still none the wiser. However have just rebooted my iphone and MAGIC!! The apps which were waiting are now there. As you cannot delete them as the little red 'x' doesn't appear when waiting. THANK YOU!!!

Reboot worked, and it's easy

I recommend doing reboot. It worked perfectly for two apps on my iTouch. Just don't press the waiting icon, or it'll pause and start over.

logged in and then out of itunes

Rebooted as suggested, apps still waiting, logged into itunes account via iphone and they went to 'loading' and synced with pc and they immediately installed! Thanks so much was really annoying grrr!!!

i rebooted my iphone, but my

i rebooted my iphone, but my apps are still not loading
there still grey and are saying 'waiting'?

wat can i do now?
and i cannot connect to my wi fi network nor anyone elses

sign out and sign in back to itunes

i tried the hard reset few times but it didn't work out for me. The sign out and sign back again to apps store worked. Thanks a lot for sharing guyz..

This has been happening ever

This has been happening ever since i updated to 4.1 on my 3gs. Restarting the phone is not a solution!!! Restarting the phone is "magic" as one reader wrote...but if it's a winpc that we had to restart it would be junk. As apple users we need to keep the standards high. It seems to be getting worse with apple.

You are a good man Alvin.

You are a good man Alvin. Reboot worked for me. Many thanks.

Reboot didnt work, can someone help?

i rebooted but they are still waiting.. this time with no image :(

reboot works!

I had 2 apps that were "waiting" and I tried your first suggestion to reboot the phone and it worked like a charm! When it came back on, the two apps were there, installed completely. Thanks so much for your article! It helped so much!!!

Logging out and in to App

Logging out and in to App Store via iPhone solved this problem. Thanks so much!!

Reboot

Hey guys I just rebooted my iphone the waiting message dissapeared and the application got loaded. Thanks for publishing all these solutions.

iphone 'waiting' app

I have tried:
Rebooting the iphone
signing out of itunes account and back in on the iphone
de authorising account then authorise again on the computer
and had someone call me to try and get rid of it
none of these have worked, i don't know what else to do about it, its really anoying!

Waiting for apps to load

Yep! The reboot worked straight up on the initial network, but only a day later after searching here for help when 24 hours 'rest to catch up' didn't work!
Learning new skills for the iPhone all the time....

Restore your iphone,ipod touch

I just restored my iphone under settings and it woeked like a charm and deleted my waiting apps

I agree! I updated to 4.1 on

I agree! I updated to 4.1 on my 3gs 2nite and the same thing is happening. None of the suggested solutions have worked for me at all and it's driving me mental

Waiting for an app to load

So I have done the reboot didn't work. I then went to my itunes account and deleted the app from my computer while my phone was connected and the app deleted from the computer; however, it did not delete from phone and is still trying to load. I have no idea what to do.

Genius

The reboot sorted out my "waiting app" problem straight away - such simple, easy advice yet very few sites offered it. You're a genius, thank you!

reboot worked i screamed with

reboot worked i screamed with joy! thanks!

Thanks, Phone reboot - solved

Thanks, Phone reboot - solved the Apps waiting prob..

Waiting application download

This is first time in more than an year I saw this problem when downloaded app. It was in waiting status. After looking at this first solution I rebooted. This resolves issue.

This option work for me---> 3) Sign out/in to App Store

I have try all the other options but lastly options number 3 solve the problems... Thanks a lot...

3) Sign out/in to App Store

From one of the comments below, here's another possible solution to the "iPhone waiting app" problem:

None of the above worked for me (on an iPod Touch), but what did was:

Entered App Store on the Touch, signed out of my account (at the bottom of one of the screens, e.g. "Featured"), returned to the Touch home screen, entered App Store again, signed in, waited. After a few minutes, when the activity indicator (next to the wifi strength indicator, top left) stopped, I went back to the home screen and the waiting app had gone.

Many thanks to a commenter named Graham for this possible solution.

This fixed my problem -- Thank you!

It might have just been common sense to reboot, but sometimes we forget the basics. Thanks so much for posting this!

reboot works as long as u're

reboot works as long as u're connected with wifi.
reboot ==> go to the app store ==> update all(top right side)
wait for all apps to be updated and you're done!

the reboot worked for me

the reboot worked for me also.. Thanks! maybe its a good idea to power down once a day

sign in/ sign out!

The fact that there is no way to manually access or organize all of your data on the iPhone, touch and pad is the one frustrating thing about these products. otherwise, I really enjoy my iPhone 4. I had the waiting app issue and I tried rebooting and changing internet connections etc. but finally, signing in and out of my apple account did the trick, this is in reference to point #3.

thanks for posting these solutions, it was so helpful!

Reboot !!

The reboot worker for me on iPhone4 iOS 4.1 .. Thanks a lot

iphone app waiting freeze

Rebooting your iphone worked after hours of freeze delay for the iphone app. THANKS!
There was no way to "delete" the waiting app - when you press app to delete no x shows up. But all good now.

Signing out of iTunes worked

Signing out of iTunes worked great

None of the above answers

None of the above answers worked for me. BUT...I did unplug my router and let it sit for a minute or so, then plugged it back in to allow it to re-boot. I then allowed the phone to re-connect to the internet, and presto, my application began to update!

Non of these worked for me... but...

I found that setting the time to the correct date and time will fix this problem as well. My iPhone was set to dec 31, 1969 @ 5pm. once I fixed the time it worked.

It worked for me as well how

It worked for me as well how ever my app was stuck in the loading state but the reboot still worked

Changing the WiFi network

The only thing that worked for me was changing my WiFi network. Glad I found this page. Thanks :)

Unable to delete waiting/loading apps on iphone4

I tried to update one app (over 20MB) in iPhone 4, but it get display in waiting/loading state. I tried the following option to delete.
1. Sign out/Sign in option
2. Connect with computer and delete that app from iTunes and download and then again install, but it display two same apps, one with waiting/loading status and other is installed in iTunes on iPhone( when connected with computer) but in iPhone (not connected with computer) it display only one app with loading/waiting state.
3. Rebooted iPhone.
4.Cannot delete them as the little red 'x' doesn't appear when waiting app.

Still I am unable to delete this waiting app from iPhone.

Please help.

Thanks..

"SIGNING OUT TO APP STORE"

"SIGNING OUT TO APP STORE" WORKED FOR MY WAITING APPS PROBLEM.. THANKS TO ALL...

THANK YOU

Oh my god, i was sooo stuck with my ipod touch, it was waiting since yesterday and i really just thought that it was because we had bad internet connection. So, thank you, for all these suggestions, they helped me sooo much. i chose the first one (rebooting) and it worked. Not only did it stop its 'waiting' phase, it had also downloaded the updates i had wanted it to. So thank you to anyone and everyone who made this website happen!!!

THANKYOU!!!!

Try to change the language to

Try to change the language to any other language and return to english. That worked for me.

i still need help

i attempted all the above solutions for my loading app but still couldn't rectify the problem.

i think because since my current 'loading' app is more than 20MB which requires the computer to sync, hence it would be extra difficult to solve.

anyone knows of any solutions that enable me to delete this loading app still? thanks!

WORKED :)

I had an app that was too big to download on my phone. I tried downloading on my computer but still on the ghost waiting screen on my phone even after downloading on computer and syncing my phone. I tried the solution of going to the app store and scrolling down and signing off, returning to home screen, went back to app store and signed on and WOW it worked. Thanks. THis app had been trying to download and was draining my battery.

Tried Everything / 20MB

I have tried everything above but to no avail. The app that is "loading" and/or "waiting" is more than 20MB. Is there any solution out there??? Please help!

Solution #2 worked for my

Solution #2 worked for my iPad 2. Thanks!

Thanks brother very very much

Thanks brother very very much

Iphone "Nook" app is installed but I can't find it.

I had the "nook" app on my iphone and used it for several months. Then, it just disappeared. I tried to reload the app and it shows "installed" so it won't let me load it again and I can't delete it. Please help?

your problem

did you find solution because i have same problem

I tried to update one app (over 20MB) in iPhone 4, but it get display in waiting/loading state. I tried the following option to delete.
1. Sign out/Sign in option
2. Connect with computer and delete that app from iTunes and download and then again install, but it display two same apps, one with waiting/loading status and other is installed in iTunes on iPhone( when connected with computer) but in iPhone (not connected with computer) it display only one app with loading/waiting state.
3. Rebooted iPhone.
4.Cannot delete them as the little red 'x' doesn't appear when waiting app.

Still I am unable to delete this waiting app from iPhone.

Please help.

Thanks..

I just pressed the app on the

I just pressed the app on the iphone until it was jiggling and pressed the x to uninstall it, then synced back using itunes and it installed succesfully!

Worked for me!

Rebooting didn't do anything for my iphone4. But signing out and signing in to the App store did it for me. The "waiting" app disappeared and the app was available in the app store to be downloaded again.

Phew! I thought I was stuck with a "waiting" app forever!

Thanks very much!

uninstall problem

plzzz do the steps Submitted by zikrul maut.it will work 100%

many thx zikrul

the reboot workd 4 me!!! :D THX

thx so much this has been goin on 4 days till now :D

Tried all.... but nothing worked

Tried the following:-
1.re-booting
2.siging off and on on i tunes
But nothing worked.... The apps that I tried to download are still in the "loading and waiting" status for more than 4 days
i cannot even delete them

Signing In/Out worked

Tried everything for the "waiting" apps issue...resetting iphone; deauthorizing/reauthorizing computer; resync history; resetting warnings in itunes; my apps wouldn't redownload (as if they were caught up in the downloading process)--it said they were already installed; finally signing in and out of the app store worked like a charm. There was no wait at all, in fact.

Re: Solutions to the app 'waiting' problem...

Logging out of the app store on the iPhone and then signing back in instantly restored apps that were 'waiting'. Thanks for the suggestion. It may not work for everyone but it's a very quick possibility to try. Good luck.

-- Tom Miller

getting rid of the 'waiting' status

Thanks - for me it worked to sign out on the phone, turn it off for 2-3 minutes, and when on again, all normal adds and I could again sign in

Still not working

I've tried all of your solutions on both my iphone4 and my son's ipod touch - still nothing. This is so frustrating!!!

Thanks for the advice though, I just wish I could find what works.

A different solution!

I had tried everything listed here to no avail, and was stuck in waiting-app limbo for over a month. What I didn't realise, was that I had a bunch of podcasts that had failed to download, which was stalling everything. I went into iTunes on my iPhone, then to downloads and deleted everything that was pending. Lo and behold, all thirty apps suddenly started downloading. Problem solved! If you have exhausted every other option, check your download queue in ITunes!

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.