Currently Unable To Download – Android Troubleshooting Guide

We all know that one of the most inconvenient issues while working with Android phones is an error message saying, “Currently unable to download, please try later”! – if you have an Android device, you’ve likely come across this message more than once.

But what can you do when you get this error message? Well if this status sounds familiar, you can keep reading till the end of this article.

Currently Unable To Download – Android Guide

If you’re getting a message saying currently unable to download, the most likely cause is a poor network connection.

After checking this, you should restart your phone, turn off message auto retrieval and if this fails, try starting your mobile in Safe mode.

However, your Android phone might display the message “Currently Unable To Download” due to a number of reasons. Here are some of the common ones:

  1. Poor Network Connection: If your phone has a weak or unstable Internet connection, this could affect the download process.
  2. Insufficient Storage: If your device storage is full or nearly full, there might not be enough space to download and store new data.
  3. App Update Needed: If the app you’re using to download needs to be updated, it might be causing issues with the download process.
  4. Software Glitches: Sometimes, glitches in the phone’s software or the app you’re using can interfere with downloads.
  5. Download Limit Reached: Some apps or services have a download limit which, when exceeded, can cause issues with further downloads.
  6. Blocked Downloads: In some cases, your phone or app settings might block downloads from certain sources for security reasons.
  7. Incorrect Date & Time Settings: Incorrect settings can sometimes cause sync issues, which in turn might affect downloads.

These are the most likely reasons that you’re getting this error message. Fortunately, there’s a few ways that you can ensure that it gets solved.

And as a last resort, you may need to end up performing a hard reset to take your phone back to factory settings. But before even considering that; let’s run through the steps below.

Check the internet connection

The primary reason for receiving the “Currently unable to download, please try later” notification is an unreliable internet connection.

Therefore, you should first check your internet connection and, if necessary, use a friend’s or family member’s Wi-Fi that has stable internet.

If it’s an intermittent Wi-Fi connection causing the issue, then make sure you’re securely connected to your home Wi-Fi router or mobile data.

As long as you have internet access, this won’t be the cause of the issue. So, check to see if the problem has been resolved; if not, move to the following procedure.

Restart your phone or Android device

Restarting the phone not only refreshes the software installed on the device, but it also provides the Android system a rest and works as a recovery.

In fact, this quick and easy solution may solve a variety of problems with Android phones. It may sound odd to you, but it is true.

Android Phone Restarting

When you turn your Android device off and on again, it will automatically restart the phone, hopefully fixing the issue.

Turn off the Auto-Retrieval of Messages option on settings

When there are interruptions in receiving messages or the internet connection, the downloading process will be paused until the connection becomes stable again.

Stopping auto retrieval of messages is another one of the key troubleshooting steps that often fixes this issue.

  • Open Messages on your Android phone
  • Then go to More Settings
  • Disable Auto retrieve.

A slow internet connection is one of the causes of repetitive errors. As a result, it is preferable to disable message auto-retrieval to prevent the error from reoccurring. The next step is to resume the download.

Adjust date and time on the device

If you’re downloading from Google Play, check that your device’s date and time are correct. We recommend that you enable automatic date and time setting to fix the issue. To do this:

  • Go to your phone’s Settings.
  • Tap on System
  • Now, select Date & Time
  • Toggle Set Time automatically and Set Time Zone Automatically. If you’re unable to find those two options, enable the Use network-provided time and time zone settings.
Android Date And Time

If, however, the time and date on your phone are correct, the issue lies elsewhere, and you should go to the next step.

Update your device applications

Updating apps is always a good idea, regardless of whether your phone is having issues or not. Outdated apps are one of the causes of receiving errors about being unable to download.

To do so, go to Google Play and update your apps, particularly the one causing you trouble – this includes updating the Play Store too.


Check out your firmware

Android is your phone’s soul, and like apps, it must be maintained up to date to function properly. The updates include bug fixes as well as other enhancements, so don’t dismiss them.

  • Navigate to the Settings menu of the phone
  • Tap on the About Device to open it
  • Choose “update software manually.”
Updating Android Phone firmware

Please be patient and wait for the update to complete on your phone. Then, check to see whether the problem is still present before moving on to the next step. If so, proceed to the following method.

Restart in safe mode

Have you ever considered how some third-party software might cause a minor hiccup in the downloading process?

But what does this have to do with safe mode? This problem occurs when these types of applications are unable to download their data in the background.

How can I tell whether this is the source of my problem? The simplest solution is to reset the phone in safe mode.

Then, check to see if the error persists. By booting the device into safe mode, you will disable these third-party apps and effectively clean up the system’s cache data.

To restart the phone on safe mode:

  • Hold down the Power button.
  • Next, tap and hold Power Off.
  • When the Reboot to Safe Mode prompt comes, either press it again or select OK.

Reset factory 

Although resetting the phone to its default settings is annoying, it is your last chance to fix the issue. It fixes the majority of Android issues, including why your apps may be closing unexpectedly.

It’s worth mentioning that this procedure will completely wipe out your data. As a result, please ensure that you create a data backup in advance to protect your device’s data.


How can I restart my device if it becomes locked? Take the following steps:

  • Hold the Volume up + Home + Power key at the same time.
  • Once the Android recovery mode appears, select: wipe data/factory reset with the volume keys
  • Press the Power key to choose.
  • Following that, pick the YES option using the volume controls and the Power button.


Android is currently unable to download is a common issue on Android devices. It is not a serious issue and can be quickly fixed by following the instructions outlined in this article.

It’s worth mentioning that the most frequent cause of this issue is a slow internet connection. Therefore, before trying any other methods, ensure that your internet connection is reliable.

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Farhad Pashaei

For the past seven years, I've been tinkering with power banks, smartphones, laptops, printers, and writing reviews about them. When I'm not writing, you can bet I'm devouring information on products that are making their first foray into the market, demonstrating my unquenchable thirst for technology.

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