When it comes to Android, that application is the Google Play Store. From the Google store, any android user can download/update any application. But there are various apps that resemble more popular apps. This is actually a gimmick to make users download the duplicate apps by mistake.
Many users look for a way to prevent these downloads. If any user accidentally began downloading any application or file, it can be stopped by clicking on the “x” button on the progress bar.
Note: The process to stop download on Amazon App store is the same, just the size of “x” is much smaller. It might take more than one attempt to cancel the download.
Stop a Download from an Application
In android, there is an option to restrict downloads from a certain application. Moreover downloading random applications can put your device security and privacy at risk.
Steps to restrict downloads from an application:
- Open the “Settings” on your device.
- Scroll down to “Apps & Notification” and click on “Permissions”.
- Toggle the “Storage” to Off.
Note: Under “Apps and Notification” there is an “Advanced” option. Under “Advanced”, go to “Special App Access”, then”Install Unknown App”.
Then a list of your applications will appear. There will be an option beside each app that should say “Not Allowed”.
In case you find the app still downloading files, just check if this feature is “Not Allowed”.
Stop a Download from Google Play Store
As previously described in this article, android users download their apps, games and even ebooks from “Google Play Store”. Now, many other duplicate apps try to copy the outlook of any famous app to clickbait the users and result in more download count.
To stop a download from Google Play Store:
- Scroll down your progress/activity bar on your smartphone screen.
- You can see the running download. There will be a ” Stop” and a “Pause” button.
- Click on the “Stop” button. In some cases, the “Stop” button may not be available. But there will be an “x” which will work the same way.
If the users are well aware, there are very fewer instances where a user downloads a wrong application. Downloading duplicate or wrong applications waste the data of the user and also hold up unnecessary space on the device. Moreover, the app may be a risk to the user’s privacy. To prevent any such mishaps, the above-given steps will come real handy.