[Solved] Fix Apps In Waiting Mode While Updating, Downloading on iPad, iPhone


There are many users who faced this issue when they see some apps gets stuck in waiting mode while the others are updated when you update large number of apps on your iPhone, iPad and it may happen to some apps being individually updated.


One of my friend told me about this problem when an app which was set to update got hanged in waiting mode, in the beginning he though it is some internet related issue and then he restarted the iPad but still apps was in waiting mode and finally he deleted the app and re installed it from the app store. Some of the users faced the app hanged in waiting mode after they synced their apple device with iTunes.

Apps Won’t Download But Show Waiting Mode While Updating What To Do ?

This problem is quite common among apple device users, so it may happen to anyone with any apple device including iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Now as per the responses we have got from users there are various ways to actually solve this problem.

Delete The App In Waiting Mode and Re Install It From App Store

One easy way to solve this problem is to delete the app which is showing in waiting state when you tried to update or download a new app, if you are trying to update the app and then this way all the data of the app from your iPad or iPhone will get deleted, but this way you should be able to get away from this problem.

To delete the app in waiting mode, tap and hold on the app you see in waiting mode and then you will see the apps jiggling and then tap the cross button shown on the app in waiting mode.

Restart Your iPad or iPhone To Fix Apps In Waiting Mode

Some users were able to fix this by restarting the apple device to resume the apps which are stuck in waiting mode, so you can try this as well. In order to restart your iPad or iPhone, press the power or sleep button and keep it press until you see the slide to power off red slider on the screen.

Soft Reset Of iPad or iPhone Will Fix This

Log out of your iTunes store account on iPhone or iPad – for this  Go to Settings > Store > Sign Out Then press the Home button. Now press and hold the Home and Sleep buttons simultaneously and don’t release them when it brings up the Turn Off screen; keep holding them until the Apple logo appears. After restart, the Waiting state should be gone for all the apps.

Open iTunes On Device and Delete All The Downloads Going On

One of our users easily fixed this issue by, following the simple steps. Open iTunes on your device, look at downloads and you will find one of them is stuck. Delete it by swiping right and bingo. It’s fixed.

Reset Your Device and Restore From iCloud or Other Backup

Please Note: Make sure you backup your iPad in iTunes or on iCloud before you follow the steps below.

Go to Settings -> General –> Reset – then select Erase all contents and settings

On startup, choose “Restore from iCloud backup”, or “Set up as new iPad” as per your preference.


At least on of the method specified above should be able to fix the problem for you when you are facing the apps in waiting mode and not getting downloaded or updated on your iPad or iPhone.


  1. Margaret Medlock says:

    How do I delete waiting apps from apps store on my I pad since up dating ios6?
    Regards Margaret.

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