Fix: Speech Services by Google won’t stop downloading

Jason Breton

So, you are an Android user, and you have installed Speech Services by Google to power your applications to read aloud screen text with the support of the English language.

But when you view the notification tray, you notice that the app is downloading the latest English updates.

The only problem is that Speech Services by Google won’t stop downloading. The download has continued for hours and even days without progress.

You have tried to cancel the download, but it does not stop. What do you do?

When users initially identified the problem, its primary cause was an internal error from Google. But after Google fixed it, the issue persisted for some users.

If you were in this category, the best thing to do is to uninstall or update the app. You can also check your network connection or restart your phone to see whether it fixes.

But apart from an internal error, several reasons can explain why Speech Services by Google won’t stop downloading on your device.Speech Services by Google

Why Speech Services by Google won’t stop downloading

If the issue has been persistent, here are factors that could be causing it:

  • The app is out-of-date.
  • You do not have a stable internet connection.
  • You have turned on automatic updates.

A system-wide issue can also cause Speed Services by Google to continue downloading without stopping.

How to fix Speech Services by Google that won’t stop downloading

If Speech Services by Google is stuck on download, you can try fixing the issue using different methods. Here are a few:

1. Restart your device

Restarting your device is the most straightforward option when Speech Services by Google doesn’t stop downloading.

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It will close all network services and background applications from running. Furthermore, switching off your phone will remove the downloading bar in your notifications tray.

Therefore, long press the power button and tap on Restart.

2. Follow Google recommendations

The problem occurred because Google experienced a system-wide issue.

After fixing it, Google recommended that users who had turned on automatic updates to wait because the fix would automatically happen.

But the solution was to update the app manually for those who did not have automatic updates turned on and did not want to wait for the fix to happen automatically.

How to manually update

You can manually update the app by following the steps below:

  • Open the Google Play Store app.
  • Tap your profile icon at the top right.
  • Tap Manage Apps & Device and go to the Manage tab.
  • Scroll down to locate Speech Services by Google.
  • You will see a button labeled Update available if an update is available.
  • Tap on Update.

Speech Services by Google app

The app will download and install the new updates.

3. Turn on automatic updates

Turning on automatic updates will allow Google to automatically install the new updates for the app. Here is how to turn on automatic updates:

  • Open the Google Play Store app.
  • Tap on your profile icon.
  • Select Manage apps & devices.
  • Tap Manage.
  • Scroll down to find the Speech Services by Google app.
  • Select the app to open its details page.
  • Tap More.
  • Turn on Enable auto-update.

Once the updates are available, the app will update automatically. We’ve created a troubleshooting guide if you see an error checking for updates message.

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If it has installed the new updates, you can go back to the Google Play Store, follow the same steps described above, and turn off automatic updates by turning off Enable auto-update.

4. Uninstall and reinstall the app

When Speech Services by Google keeps downloading without progress, you can try fixing this issue by uninstalling and reinstalling the app.

Here is how:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Apps.
  • Scroll down to locate Speech Services by Google.
  • Tap on the app.
  • Tap on the Uninstall button.

After uninstalling, go to the Google Play Store, search for Speech Services by Google and install the app.

5. Force Stop the app

You can turn off Speech Services by Google and prevent it from downloading by opting to force stop it.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Apps or Applications.
  • Scroll down to find Speech Services by Google.
  • Tap on the app.
  • Select Force Stop.

Speech Services by Google force stop

You can now check whether the app has stopped downloading.

6. Change network download preference

You must change the network download settings to ensure that updates only work on Wi-Fi, not mobile data, and vice versa.

That way, if you use mobile data, Speech Services by Google will not download automatically unless you get to a wireless network.

  • Open Google Play Store.
  • Tap on your profile icon.
  • Select Settings.
  • Tap on Network Preferences.
  • Select Auto-update apps.
  • Choose Over Wi-Fi only.

If you choose Over Wi-Fi only, all apps, including Speech Services by Google, will update automatically when your device detects a wireless network.

Once you choose an option, restart your device.

7. Check your network connections

You require a stable internet connection to download updates manually or automatically. If your network connection is unstable, Speech Services by Google will take time to download the English updates.

Here is how to deal with this issue.

  • Turn on airplane mode, wait for a few seconds, and then turn on the option. After the network establishes, try downloading the app.
  • If you use mobile data, change the network to Wi-Fi and vice versa.
  • Check whether you have enough data to download applications.

If the network issue persists, contact your service provider for more assistance.


Speech Services by Google won’t stop downloading because of a system-wide issue. But other reasons for this problem include an outdated app and an unstable internet connection.

You can stop Speech Services from downloading on Android by turning on automatic updates, uninstalling and reinstalling the app, and force-stopping the app from device settings.

You can also change your network download preferences from mobile data to Wi-Fi only or vice versa.

Alternatively, you can try restarting your device to see whether the download will stop.

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