Android Enthusiasts Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for enthusiasts and power users of the Android operating system. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

A few days ago, I tried to save an attachment from official Gmail app and it could not finish download due to some connection errors.

Now, I'm seeing the notification every time without any progress. It just stays in the notification area and sliding the notification does not remove the download.

This file download was started from Gmail app and I see the same type of notification in other downloads from different apps so I'm guessing there is a central download progress going on. I tried turning the phone off, removing the battery and SIM.

(Click image to enlarge)

How can I list and remove these downloads ?

share|improve this question
@Izzy thanks for the edit! – Ayesh K Mar 9 '13 at 21:38
You're welcome, Ayesh! I thought that makes it better readable :) Unfortunately I have no answer for you. You might try long-pressing that entry in the hope it pops up a menu with an "abort" entry. Alternatively, maybe you can simply "swype it out" to the right or left? – Izzy Mar 9 '13 at 21:45
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Have you tried a file explorer like ES File Explorer or My Files, which comes with later versions of Android? If go to the Download folder is the half file present? A completely downloaded file will present a long list of options if you long press the file, allowing you to cut/copy/rename/delete. Possibly it will also appear on a halfway complete download to allow you to delete. Then revisit the gmail message to restart the download if you want.

Remember that the target folder might have been specified other than the Download folder.

Good Luck.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.