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Tips: Android phone won’t download apps? Log-in to Google Talk

March 1, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Tips

Tips: Android phone won’t download apps? Log-in to Google Talk

My phone won’t download apps from the Android Market! My phone gets stuck downloading apps from the Android Market!

You’ve probably experienced this problem at some point and become desperate to discover a fix for the issue. When this started happening to me a few weeks ago, I did some prodding around the Google Help Forums and I found the source of the problem: Google Talk.

There seems to be a link between GTalk and the Market that prevents some downloads from taking place. When a user is not logged in to GTalk, he or she may experience some issues with downloading apps from the Android Market. The solution is thus to log-in to GTalk and hope that the download progress bar will finally start moving. A Google employee reports that this is a “temporary connectivity issue” but it happens to me on a regular basis and annoyed the heck out of me for weeks.

Here’s how to fix it.

Launch the Google Talk application. If you are already logged in, press Menu > More > Sign out.

Relaunch Google Talk and then return to the Android Market.

In the Market, cancel and then restart download. If all goes according to plan, you should see it work on the second attempt. If not, your problems may run deeper and you should contact your carrier or the Google Help Forums.