All of a sudden a few days ago, I went into the Market for the first time in ages to download a new app. It said the app would be downloaded, but when I went back several hours later, it had not downloaded. I looked in the Downloads section of the market, and there were about 6 updates trying to download (which I hadn't approved - I don't have automatic downloads set, just notification of new updates with manual download). I want to cancel these downloads, but it will not happen. I long-press on the app name and choose Cancel, but nothing happens. I've even rebooted the phone, but the unwanted downloads are still there, saying Starting Download - this is after 3 days.

I've seen this, this, and this, but none of them are exactly the same as my issue. The last two did have answers that I'd like to try - clearing the application data and cache for the market. Unfortunately, I don't see the Market as an app in my Manage Applications section. (I'm running CyanogenMod 5 on a rooted T-Mobile MyTouch G3.)

Is there any way I can access that application to clear the cache? Or any other way I can get the unwanted downloads to stop trying and go away?

  • I don't know how it works in CM but it has to be there somewhere. It might be called "CM Market" or something. Make sure you're not on a "Third-party Apps" tab or anything, since that won't list the first-party Market. Jul 22, 2011 at 20:21
  • There is no Third-Party Apps tab that I can see; it's just a list of all apps.
    – EmmyS
    Jul 22, 2011 at 20:36

2 Answers 2


You can clear the Market data from the command line like so:

rm -r /data/data/com.android.vending/*

  • OK, tried that in my terminal app; didn't work. The downloads are still there.
    – EmmyS
    Jul 24, 2011 at 0:47
  • @EmmyS Hmm, strange. I would try ensuring that the Market app is not running, executing the command, and rebooting. If that doesn't work I'm not sure what else to try. Jul 24, 2011 at 3:24
  • This will certainly remove your market preferences, specifically any toggles for 'auto-download' that you have made. For me, I have a Droid 3 and all the pre-installed crapware has that on by default, so every time I clear market data, I have to toggle all those apps off. This might not be a big deal to Emmy, but it's something to keep in mind. Nov 10, 2011 at 16:09

If the problem is limited to large apps, maybe the problem is the following: http://forum.cyanogenmod.com/topic/17824-google-maps-wont-install/page__p__175751#entry175751

The Market uses the same folder for cache as dalvik does, so you are limited to 5mb apps!

  • I'm not entirely sure they're all large apps, but I'll take a look at that. Thanks.
    – EmmyS
    Aug 2, 2011 at 14:46
  • Did it solve your problem?
    – jumper
    Sep 9, 2011 at 15:05
  • Sorry, it didn't. I ended up reinstalling CyanogenMod.
    – EmmyS
    Sep 9, 2011 at 16:35

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