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How to fix Waiting to Upload Google Drive Error?
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How to fix Waiting to Upload Google Drive Error?

Google Drive is a widely used & handy tool to store photos, videos, audio, documents, and other files. But sometimes while using Google Drive to upload or to save photos you might come across to Waiting to upload google drive error message. It can get real frustrating for users as they’re never sure whether their media is being uploaded or things are at a standstill.

Here we’ve listed ways to fix Google Drive Waiting to Upload Error message that you see on your Android device.

The most common reason for this is you’ve set the option to only back up over Wi-Fi on your Android device. But sometimes, even when you are connected to the Wi-Fi you may come across this error message on your Android device.

Fix Google Drive Waiting to Upload Error:

To fix Google Drive stuck on waiting to upload error on your phone try solutions mentioned below:

Upload error on Google Drive

Let’s start with the easy ones to see if it helps in solving Google Drive error.

1. Restart your Phone

When you try to upload a file on Google Drive and face Google Drive Waiting to upload error message it can be upsetting. The easiest solution that works most of the time is restarting your phone. Restart the cell phone and open Google Drive, file upload should start.

2. Force Stop Google Drive

When an app starts to behave abruptly, remove it from recent apps. This trick works most of the time. However, if the problem still persists, you’ll need to Force Stop the app. This means you’ll need to terminate the app and all of its background running processes. In doing so sometimes you may lose some data, but this step works.

To force stop Google Drive follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open your cell phones Settings > Apps / Apps & notifications/. If you do not see any of these options, click one that reads anything related to Apps because these options vary from phone to phone.

Open cell phone settings - Upload error on Google Drive

Step 2: Here under All apps, look for Drive.

Clicks on drive - Upload error on Google Drive

Step 3: Tap on it > hit Force Stop.

Now launch Google Drive, and see if Waiting to upload google drive error message is fixed or not.

Also Read: Malware Using Google Drive To Proliferate RogueRobin Trojan

3. Clear Cache

If this step doesn’t work, try using Google Driver’s built-in cache manager. Remember it is different from the device cache on Android.

We will clear both caches but first will clear cache from the built-in cache manager in Google Drive.

Note: Clearing cache means only temporary files will be removed. No changes will be made to Drive’s data.

Steps to clear Google Driver cache from the App:

Step 1: Open Drive app > tap on the three horizontal lines at the top-left corner > Settings.

open settings

Step2: Under Settings, tap on Clear cache.

tap on Clear cache
Step 3: And then restart your device.

clear cache and restart your device

Now check and see if upload Google Drive waiting to upload error message is fixed or not.

If this doesn’t work, try clearing cache from device’s settings.

From Device Settings

Open phone’s Settings > Apps/ Apps & notifications.

Apps and notifications

Under All apps, tap on Drive > Storage.

Note: Avoid tapping on Clear data button/ Storage.


Here, tap on Clear cache. This should resolve Google driver waiting to upload problem.

Click on clean cache

Last but not least, disable and enable data upload on Wi-Fi.

To save mobile data, Google Drive provides Transfer files only over Wi-Fi setting. If it is not enabled, you should enable it. However, if it is enabled try disabling and re-enabling it.

To do that, follow these steps:

Step 1: Tap on three horizontal lines at the top-left corner in the Google Drive app > Settings > toggle to the right to enable Transfer files only over Wi-Fi. If already enabled disable and then re-enable.

Now retry uploading the files.

Now retry uploading the files

These steps should fix your problem.

However, if the problem still persists, try following these alternate steps to resolve Google Drive waiting to upload problem.

Disable Internet/ mobile data: whether you are using Wi-Fi or mobile data try disabling and re-enabling it to reset the connection and get rid of any glitches to resolve waiting to upload Google Drive error.

Enable Airplane mode: Airplane mode disables all connections like Bluetooth, Wi-fi, cellular network, etc. Therefore, enabling airplane mode helps in fixing most of the app issues. So you can give it a shot and try to enable it to see if it helps in fixing Google Drive waiting to upload problem.

Update Google Drive App: At times, you might face waiting to upload Google Drive error if you are using an outdated app. Hence, updating an app might help to fix the problem.

We hope after following the methods explained above you will be able to fix the most frustrating Google Drive waiting to upload error. Let us know in the comments which method worked for you. As it will help others too.

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  1. Bess

    I found that if you email the pictures to your Google email account, you can send them on to Google Drive from there with no delay.

    1. Preeti Seth

      Hi Bess, Surely, you can try this method but you cannot email all pictures in a go. As there is a restriction to the image size that can be uploaded. Therefore, doing so will be time-consuming. But yes, if you get waiting to upload error then you can try this for some images.

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