Every time i see a few of apps trying to auto-update themselves but just stalling when it says "Downloading". In other words, automatic update for apps does not work and I am only left with cancelling download/update and doing this manually.

Is there a reason why automatic updates do not work?

Additionally it would be good to know if there was a way to schedule updating of apps or somehow to update a few at one time because updating many/most apps after accessing internet after a long period of time just bogs down system.

  • Also experience this on the HTC Sensation with Android 2.3.4 and have done since the phone came out. I've seen it work on other Androids with a different version of the market to what we have. Feb 14, 2012 at 13:17
  • Maybe it has something to do with permissions?
    – Boris_yo
    Feb 20, 2012 at 12:08
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    Fro the scheduling aspect of your question, see this other question Can I set the schedule for automatic Market updates, e.g. every night?
    – GAThrawn
    Feb 20, 2012 at 15:20
  • It is CyanogenMod and i don't have that. Since i bought smartphone, i never rooted or changed to other mods and to this day i still use Android 2.3.3 that came with it.
    – Boris_yo
    Feb 20, 2012 at 15:30

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This can happen if the download cache is full or nearly full, and the download would fill your internal storage. Try cleaning out your caches to free up some space (SD Maid is a good free app for this) and seeing if the downloads will complete then.


I have seen problems when I don't have WiFi on for a while. Some updates are marked as WiFi-only due to the large size, even if you have turned off "Update over Wi-Fi only" in the Market settings (which I assume you have unchecked).

I think there may be other quirks with the Market app. For example, if you are in airplane mode but have WiFi on, the Market may think you're offline and refuse to work.

It may (or may not) help to switch between having auto-update on globally (in Market settings) vs. having it off but enabling auto-update for individual apps.

BTW I just enable auto-update for apps that I trust and know I won't read the update log for before accepting the update.

  • I don't have such setting in my Market v2.3.4
    – Boris_yo
    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:38
  • You mean that your phone is Android 2.3.4, right? You'll find these settings while in the market app by pressing menu, then settings. You'll also see the version of the market app on the settings screen, called the "build version", which will be in the neighborhood of 3.4.4. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:43
  • No my phone has Android 2.3.3 But i will try upgrading to Police Market. By the way can i reverse to previous version in case something is wrong?
    – Boris_yo
    Feb 26, 2012 at 15:34
  • I don't think you'll be able to downgrade, unless you have a saved copy of the market app. That is likely more effort than you're interested in. Mar 5, 2012 at 2:34
  • How do i backup Android Market app? All i have found in system/app folder is MarketUpdater.apk
    – Boris_yo
    Mar 6, 2012 at 10:31

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