The Google Play Store, by default, does not support the download pause feature. So, if the user wants to pause a download and continue sometime later, there’s no option to do the same in the app.
Being able to pause Play Store download can help the user download large files such as mobile FPS and racing games like PUBG, COD Mobile, and Asphalt in parts.
While there is no way to pause the Play Store download in Android, we have a few workarounds that can help you pause and resume Play Store download on your Android phone.
Pause / Resume Play Store download in Android (PUBG Mobile, COD Mobile, Asphalt 9)
1. Disable Mobile Data for Play Store
Depending on the version of Android as well as your smartphone brand, you can disable Mobile Data usage for the Play Store app from the Data usage settings.
Disabling Data usage will pause all the active Play Store downloads. You can later resume the download by enabling the feature again. Here’s how to do it!
- When the download is in progress, open Settings on your Android phone.
- Scroll down and tap on Data usage option under Wireless and Network section.
- Scroll down and tap on System Apps.
- Tap on the Google Play Store app.
- Under View App settings, disable Mobile data option by toggling the switch.
- Now, if you open the Play Store download page, it will show waiting for network message.
- When you want to resume download, go to Data Usage > System Apps > Play Store and enable Mobile Data.
This workaround is useful for Android users who have limited Mobile data bandwidth per day and want to download the large files or updates for PUBG, COD Mobile, or Asphalt in parts.
Turn on Data saver
If, for some reason, your Android phone does not have the option to disable Mobile data for Play Store, try enabling the Data saver option. Enabling Data saver will disable background download.
- Open Settings.
- Go to Connections.
- Scroll down and tap on Data Usage.
- Tap on Data Saver.
- Enable Data saver by toggling the switch.
- Go back to Data usage.
- Find and tap on Play Store. You may have to open Mobile data usage on Samsung devices to find this option.
- Under the Play Store data usage section, make sure the Allow background data usage option is disabled.
- Disabling the background data usage should pause the Play Store download.
- When you want to resume, simply enable Allow background data usage and also disable Data saver features from settings.
Note that enabling the Data saver feature will affect all the apps installed on your phone. To exclude other apps, use the Allow app while Data saver on feature under Data saver settings.
2. Use third-party apps
In case the first method did not work for you, try using a third-party app with a pause feature to install large files.
Apps like 9Apps and APK pure allow you to download all the apps from the Google Play Store with a pause function. You can pause and resume Play Store download as many times you want without having to re-download the entire files.
For this guide, I am using and recommending the APK Pure app. However, you can use other third-party apps if you want.
- Download the APK Pure apk from the official website.
- Once downloaded, proceed to install the app. It may ask you to enable installation from unknown sources.
- Enable installation from unknown sources and then install the app.
- Once installed, launch the APK Pure app. Download any pending updates.
- Launch the APK Pure app and search for the app that you want to install.
- For example, if you want to install Asphalt 9, search for the app and tap on it.
- Tap on the Install/Update button.
- Once the download begins, you will see the Pause button.
- To pause the download, tap on the Pause button.
- To resume the download, tap on Resume.
Apps like APK pure are able to provide the pause button because the files are downloaded directly from APK Pure servers and not from the Play Store servers. However, all the files on APK pure are completely safe to download and install.
So, these are the two ways using which you can pause Play Store download on Android smartphones. While the first method may not be available on all smartphones, the second method will on every Android smartphone.