How to force-cancel a running download?

  • I have started a download using Icon Downloader for NT that doesn't look like it will ever finish. In my notification area, it has survived two reboots and the uninstallation of the app. How can I get rid of it?

    God I hate download manager. It's possibly the buggiest piece of software on Android even on ICS.

  • R R

    R R Correct answer

    9 years ago

    Usually if you long press on the downloading item in download manager there's an option to delete it, thus stopping the download.

    If this doesn't work you can clear the Download Manager's data.

    Settings -> Apps -> All Tab -> Download Manager

    Here press force stop, than clear data. Now reboot.

    For others reference, this is now `Settings >> General Tab, Application Manager >> ALL tab, Download Manager`

    It appears that doing a reboot is optional now, well at least in Lollipop and above.

    This is only right if the app downloads through the download manager. If it does it through the app that needs updating instead, then force stopping download manager won't stop the update from occurring.

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