Fix: Google Play Store stuck on “Google Play waiting for Wi-Fi”

If you’re an Android user, the device is hardly useful without Google Play Store. Downloading and updating apps is of the utmost importance, of course. It requires connection and it’ll inform you if fails to connect with the “Google Play is waiting for Wi-Fi” prompt. However, some users are seeing this prompt even though they can confirm both Wi-Fi and Mobile Data are working perfectly.

Solution 1 – Check your connection

Let’s start with a rather obvious troubleshooting step. This might be just another of those network issues, and we need to check it in order to confirm that there’s nothing wrong. Of course, we’ll look into both Wi-Fi and Mobile data (4G), as the reports state that neither of those works for Play Store.

Here are some steps we need you to follow:

  • Try using any other app which depends on connection. If everything is fine, move to Solution 2. If not, continue with the steps below.
  • Restart your router.
  • Restart phone.
  • Navigate to Settings > Apps > Play Store > Data usage and make sure Background Data is enabled.
  • Open Play Store and tap on the 3-line menu. Choose Settings and, under the App download preference, set Over any network and give it a try. Don’t forget to disable it later on to avoid data charges.
  • Reset Network settings. Open Settings > Backup & reset > Network settings reset.

With that out of the table, let’s continue with the troubleshooting.

Solution 2 – Clear Play Store data and cache

Just as any other Android app, Play Store app collects data and cache to speed up the loading speeds and retain your searches. However, piling up data on local storage can eventually lead to some bugs and errors.

That’s why we need you to clear all data and cache from the Play Store. Don’t worry, it won’t change a thing.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Apps (Apps Manager).
  3. Open the Google Play Store app.
  4. Choose Storage.
  5. Clear Data and Cache.
  6. Restart your device and open Play Store.

If the Store is persistent claiming you’re not connected, move to the next step.

Solution 3 – Reset Google Play Store

As you’re probably well aware, without flashing your phone, you won’t be able to uninstall pre-installed Google’s apps from your phone. This concerns Google Play Store and Play Services, especially.

What you can do, on the other hand, is reset it to default values. To a version which was pre-installed on your device at the time of the production.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Apps (Apps Manager).
  3. Open the Google Play Store app.
  4. Tap on the 3-dot menu and then Uninstall updates. It’ll ask you do you want to restore the app to factory values. Confirm you do and wait until everything is done.
  5. Restart your handset and look for improvements.

Solution 4 – Update Google Play Store

This can be more than helpful, especially if only the current version of the Play Store app is giving you a hard time. With that said, there’s only one effectual way to update Google Play Store with this error at hand.

And, for better or worse, it requires sideloading an up from the third-party source. The source is APKMirror, which is a safe and secure way to install official app releases.

Here’s how to update Google Play Store with a third-party APK:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Security.
  3. Enable “Unknown sources”. This will allow you to install non-Store apps.
  4. Navigate here with your on-phone browser.
  5. Download the latest version of Play Store to your device.
  6. Open it and install APK.
  7. Restart your device and check whether the “Google Play is waiting for Wi-Fi” error is re-appearing.

Solution 5 – Reset Google Play Services

Google Play Services is the vital part of every Android device. It grows larger over time, and the more apps you have the larger it’ll get. It mostly unifies all accounts and apps you’ve used those accounts to log into. This goes for the Play Store app, as well.

So, we suggest resetting Google Play Services. There are no drawbacks, except you might need to establish a certain account in some third-party apps. Also, don’t expect its size will reduce substantially.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Choose Apps (Apps Manager).
  3. Open Google Play Services.
  4. Choose Storage > Manage storage.
  5. Open Manage space.
  6. Clear all Data and restart your device.
  7. Open Play Store and sign-in with your account.

Solution 6 – Update your firmware

Finally, the only remaining thing we can recommend is updating your firmware. Some Xiaomi users reported that the updating the OS helped in this matter. Afterward, they were able to access the Play Store without any errors.

Here’s how to update your OS:

  1. Choose Settings.
  2. Select System update.
  3. Tap Check for updates.
  4. If there’s an update available, install it.

With that said, we can wrap it up. Don’t shy away from sharing your thoughts on this particular Play Store error, especially some alternative solutions we overlooked.

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