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How to Fix “Downloading English (US) Update Waiting For Network Connection”

Are you getting a “Downloading English (US/UK) Update Waiting For Network Connection” error (or “Waiting For WiFi”) on your Android phone?

Is the update stuck, won’t go away, or keeps downloading?

Many users are experiencing this error even though they have an internet connection.

The “Waiting for network connection” error is a known glitch on Android devices.

Even if you’ve restarted your phone, switched to WiFi, or enabled background data, the Speech Services by Google might still fail to update.

To fix the “Downloading English (US) Update Waiting For Network Connection” error, you need to select “Do not auto-update languages” and restart your phone.

Alternatively, you can try uninstalling and reinstalling Google Speech Services from the Google Play Store.

Here’s how to fix the “Downloading English (US) Update Waiting For Network Connection” error:

  1. Go to your settings
  2. Tap on “Google”
  3. Select “Settings for Google apps”
  4. Select “Search, Assistant & Voice”
  5. Tap on “Voice”
  6. Tap on “Offline speech recognition”
  7. Select “Do not auto-update languages”
  8. Restart your phone

1. Go to your settings

The first step is to go to your settings.

Navigate to the “Settings” app on your phone and tap on it.

2. Tap on “Google”

Android Google settings

After you’ve tapped on “Settings”, you’ll land on the settings page.

On the settings page, you’ll see multiple options.

This includes “Privacy”, “Location”, “Google”, and more.

Scroll down and tap on “Google”.

3. Select “Settings for Google apps”

Settings for Google apps

After you’ve tapped on “Google”, you’ll see multiple options.

This includes “Ads”, “Autofill”, “Backup”, and more.

You need to manage the Google Speech Services app.

Hence, you need to tap on “Settings for Google apps”.

4. Select “Search, Assistant & Voice”

Search, Assistant & Voice

After you’ve tapped on “Settings for Google apps”, you’ll land on the “Settings for Google apps” page.

The page contains multiple options.

This includes “Connected apps”, “Google Contacts sync”, “Google Fit”, and more.

Since you’re looking to manage the Google Speech Services app, tap on “Search, Assistant & Voice”.

5. Tap on “Voice”

Android Voice settings

After you’ve tapped on “Search, Assistant & Voice”, you’ll land on the settings page of it.

The page contains multiple settings like “General”, “Notifications”, “Hide explicit results”, and more.

Tap on “Voice” to manage it.

6. Tap on “Offline speech recognition”

Offline speech recognition

After you’ve tapped on “Voice”, you’ll be given multiple options.

This includes “Languages”, “Spoken results”, “Offline speech recognition”, and more.

To manage the Google Speech Services app, you need to tap on “Offline speech recognition”.

The “Offline speech recognition” setting allows you to manage your languages.

7. Select “Do not auto-update languages”

How to Fix “Downloading English (US) Update Waiting For Network Connection”

After you’ve tapped on “Offline speech recognition”, you’ll land on the “Installed” tab.

To begin with, tap on “Auto-Update” to go to the “Auto-Update” tab.

Now, you’ll see 3 options.

This includes “Do not auto-update languages”, “Auto-update languages at any time. Data charges may apply” and “Auto-update languages over Wi-Fi only”.

If you want to get rid of the “Downloading English (US) Update Waiting For Network Connection” notification, you can simply turn off auto-updates.

To do so, tap on “Do not auto-update languages”.

8. Restart your phone

Restart Android phone

After you’ve tapped on “Do not auto-update languages”, the Google Speech Services app will not auto-update languages.

To apply the change, you need to restart your phone.

After you’ve restarted your phone, you won’t receive the “Downloading English (US/UK) Update Waiting For Network Connection” notification anymore.

Keep in mind that this method will prevent languages from updating.

If you want to update languages, you need to use the method below.

Method 2: Uninstall and reinstall Google Speech Services

One of the easiest ways to fix the “Downloading English (US) Update Waiting For Network Connection” error is to uninstall and reinstall Google Speech Services.

You can also try clearing the app’s cache/data.

Here’s how to uninstall and reinstall Google Speech Services:

  1. Go to the Google Play Store.
  2. Search for “Google Speech Services”.
  3. Uninstall “Google Speech Services”.
  4. Reinstall “Google Speech Services”.

By uninstalling and reinstalling Google Speech Services, the app will be updated to the latest version.

Hence, you won’t receive the “Waiting For Network Connection” error anymore.

Why am I getting the “Downloading English (US) Update Waiting For Network Connection” error?

You’re getting the “Downloading English (US) Update Waiting For Network Connection” because of a glitch/bug.

Even if you have an internet connection, the app might still fail to update.

This is because the error is a known glitch/bug that prevents languages on the Google Speech Services app from updating.

Users have reported the issue on multiple forums such as the Samsung, Android Central, and Google forums.

Currently, you need to either wait for Google to fix the error on their end or use the solutions mentioned in this article.

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