How to Pause a Download on an Android: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Pause a Download on an Android: 10 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Pause a Download on an Android: 10 Steps (with Pictures)
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This wikiHow teaches you how to pause or cancel a file download from your Android's Notification Center, and how to cancel an app download from the Play Store.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Stop downloading a file

Stop a Download on Android Step 1

Step 1. Open your mobile internet browser

You can use all mobile browsers available for Android, such as Chrome, Firefox or Opera.

Stop a Download on Android Step 2

Step 2. Find the file you want to download on your Android

It can be a document, link or any kind of file.

Stop a Download on Android Step 3

Step 3. Start the file download

Tap the download button on a webpage or tap and hold a link and select Download link in the pop-up menu. You'll see a download icon on the status bar in the top left corner of your screen.

Stop a Download on Android Step 4

Step #4. Swipe down from the top of the screen

This will open the notification center in a drop-down panel. The file download appears at the top of the notifications.

Stop a Download on Android Step 5

Step 5. Tap on the Pause button

You will find this button under the name of the file you are downloading. This will pause your download until you decide to continue.

  • You can resume the download at any time by clicking To resume to tap.
Stop a Download on Android Step 6

Step 6. Tap on the Cancel button

You will find this button under the name of the file you are downloading. It will stop and cancel the file download. The download window disappears from the message center.

Method 2 of 2: Stop downloading an app

Stop a Download on Android Step 7

Step 1. Open the Play Store on your Android

The Play Store icon looks like a colored arrowhead icon in your apps menu.

Stop a Download on Android Step 8

Step #2. Find and tap the app you want to download

You can browse the menu categories or use the search bar at the top to quickly find an app. Tapping it will open the app page.

Stop a Download on Android Step 9

Step #3. Tap the green INSTALL button

This button is located under the app name in the top right corner of the app page. It will start the download of the app on your Android.

Stop a Download on Android Step 10

Step #4. Tap on the 'X' icon

The INSTALL button is replaced by an X icon when you start downloading an app. Tap this icon to pause and cancel the app download.

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