How to Stop a Download on Android

This wikiHow teaches you how to pause or cancel a file download in your Android’s Notification Center, or cancel an app download from the Play Store.

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EditStopping a File Download

  1. Open your mobile internet browser. You can use any mobile browser available on Android, such as Chrome, Firefox, or Opera.
    Stop a Download on Android Step 1.jpg
  2. Find the file you want to download on your Android. It could be a document, link, or any type of file.
    Stop a Download on Android Step 2.jpg
  3. Start your file download. Tap the download button on a web page, or tap and hold a link and select Download link on the pop-up menu. You will see a download icon on the status bar in the upper-left corner of your screen.
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  4. Swipe down from the top of your screen. This will open your Notification Center in a drop-down panel. Your file download will appear at the top of your notifications.
    Stop a Download on Android Step 4.jpg
  5. Tap the button. This button is located below the name of the file you’re downloading. It will pause your download until you decide to resume.
    Stop a Download on Android Step 5.jpg
    • You can resume the download anytime by pressing Resume.
  6. Tap the button. This button is located next to Pause below the name of the file you’re downloading. It will stop and cancel your file download. The download box will disappear from Notification Center.
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EditStopping an App Download

  1. Open the Play Store on your Android. The Play Store icon looks like a colored arrowhead icon on your Apps menu.
    Stop a Download on Android Step 7.jpg
  2. Find and tap the app you want to download. You can browse menu categories, or use the search bar at the top to quickly find an app. Tapping will open the app page.
    Stop a Download on Android Step 8.jpg
  3. Tap the green button. This button is located below the app name in the upper-right corner of the app page. It will start downloading this app on your Android.
    Stop a Download on Android Step 9.jpg
  4. Tap the “X” icon. The INSTALL button will be replaced by an “X” icon when you start downloading an app. Tap this icon to stop and cancel the app download.
    Stop a Download on Android Step 10.jpg
    • When you cancel an app download, you can’t resume it later. You will have to start the download again from the beginning.
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