Google Play Store can now download two apps at the same time

The Google Play Store is finally possible download two apps at the same time. Google has been testing this feature for quite some time and is now widely rolling it out to Android users.

Google Play Store will have the option to download two apps at a time, but not update more than one at a time

This is obviously an improvement, but it still feels like a missed opportunity. Why? Well, you still can't update more than one app at a time. That would be a more useful feature, and many people agree on that.

You only install apps once, while you have to update them constantly. Therefore, being able to update more than one at a time would be very useful, especially for those of you who update them manually.

Let's hope that change will also become a reality in the future. Until then, that will have to do. At least when you start download two apps on your phone now, two will be downloaded at the same time. You can see this in the Play Store itself, and on some phones it is also visible in your app drawer/home screen (progress bar).

Until now, if you chose more than one app, the second one was marked as 'Pending' and you had to wait for the first one to download. However, the third one is still marked as 'Pending' regardless of size.

However, Apple's App Store is still leading the way

It's nice to see that Google is finally catching up to the Apple App Store in this area. The App Store can download three apps at once, in case you're wondering.

That said, this change with concurrent app downloads was noticed in v40.6.31 of the Google Play Store. The change was visible on several Pixel phones and tablets (running Android 14), 9to5Google claims.

We're not sure if these are server-side changes, but they most likely are. Although of course it is probably also related to the Google Play Store version.

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