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How to fix the Speech Services Waiting for network connection notification

How to fix the Speech Services Waiting for network connection notification

Is your phone showing a notification that cannot be closed about "Downloading English (US)" (or other language) update for Speech Services by Google, which is "Waiting for network connection" even though your phone is connected to either Wi-Fi or mobile data? Learn how to fix this stuck update and remove the notification from your Android phone.

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"Waiting for network connection" even when connected

The notification is related to the Speech Services by Google (Play Store) which is used for text-to-speech features on the mobile OS in apps like Google Maps, voice calls, accessibility features, and other apps.

To fix the problem, you need to go through a few steps in Google's app:

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Similar steps can be done in the "Digital Assist App" settings for Google Assistant / © NextPit
  1. With the Google app opened, tap on your profile picture and then select Settings.
  2. Tap on the Voice option.
  3. Select Offline speech recognition.
  4. Choose the AUTO-UPDATE tab.
  5. Tap on the Auto-update languages at any time option.
  6. Confirm that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, then go back to the Installed tab.
  7. Tap on the language that is not updating, English (US) in this case.
  8. Press the UPDATE button.
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Hidden settings to fix the Speech Services Waiting for network connection notification / © NextPit

Restart your phone, and the notification should not come back. Important: remember to repeat the steps to select the Auto-update languages over Wi-Fi only option in order to avoid surprises with data charges on your phone's bill.

Depending on your phone's settings and system version, the same procedure can be done following one of these paths:

  • Settings > Google > Settings for Google Apps > Search, Assistant & Voice > Voice > Offline Speech Recognition
  • Settings > AppsDefault apps > Assist app > Cog/Gear icon > Offline Speech Recognition

Other solutions

Another option is to simply uninstall and reinstall the Speech Services by Google app from the Play Store. Remember that any settings related to text-to-speech services may be reset in the process.

One possible solution to this problem suggested in forums is to clear data for the Google Search and Speech Services by Google app, with varying results on our devices:

  • Settings > Apps > See all appsSpeech Services by Google > Storage / Cache > Clear Cache.

Did you experience this strange notification on your phone? Which solution worked for you? Share your tips and experiences in the comments below!

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  • Pat22 15 hours ago Link to comment

    Uninstall then reinstall worked for me 😊 update, it's started again 😡


  • surya surya 6 days ago Link to comment

    Settings>apps>speech services by Google>cache>clear cache it works for me.


  • Jeffrey Spencer 1 week ago Link to comment

    I've done everything and then some, it's happening on both of my phones, Android 10 and Android 11, luckily, I can open settings,start typing"speech services by Google"and the app shows up,tap on it,tap notifications,tap notification download channel and turn off, or tap "all notifications"off,that will do it for sure


  • Mark (Mark) 1 week ago Link to comment

    Yeah.. didn't work. It came back


  • Richard Hadfield 1 week ago Link to comment

    didn't work for me, I've now switched off auto update for now


    • Jeffrey Spencer 1 week ago Link to comment

      Switching off auto update didn't work for me, doesn't matter what I set the download preference to, I can ultimately turn off the notification,not every phone has that option, I'm keeping at it because I'm curious as to what can be done, I've tried every suggestion to no avail, so I'm trying something else that isn't in the article, I've updated my English (US) language pack,the difference is that I also downloaded English (UK) along with it, maybe having both in there will trigger something , I'll be back to comment after a while


      • Richard Hadfield 1 week ago Link to comment

        Hi Jeffrey I've not long done it so you're probably right, I'll post again later with the result, I also have US and UK language's installed


      • Jeffrey Spencer 1 week ago Link to comment

        You might be able to turn off the notification if that doesn't work, I can do that on mine, some phones will restrict turning off notifications on some apps


      • Richard Hadfield 1 week ago Link to comment

        Hi yes it came back, I assume the bug will be fixed shortly, I'm using an OnePlus 6 on Android 11


      • Jeffrey Spencer 1 week ago Link to comment

        Find the"speech services by Google"app and turn off notifications on it,that will do it, I have Android 10 and Android 11,both phones are doing it and I turned off notifications for both, neither one is showing download status anymore


      • Richard Hadfield 1 week ago Link to comment

        Hi thanks for the advice, looking around the play settings noticed that Google speech services was set to unrestricted data access, the only app set to that, so switched it off, the notification hasn't come back so far if it does I'll try your suggestion, also noticed after I rebooted the phone it did the update and completed quickly, so I'm hopeful


    • Rubens Eishima
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      1 week ago Link to comment

      Is uninstalling speech services an option for you?
      Or maybe temporarily deactivating the service?

      One last thing, have you tried deleting Google's app data?


      • Jeffrey Spencer 1 week ago Link to comment

        You delete the app data and you might as well delete the app itself, you won't be able to use voice search after that I would assume, I turned off notifications on both of my phones for the speech services by Google app and it worked


  • Jeffrey Spencer 1 week ago Link to comment

    I've done all that this article has stated only to get the notification back again after an hour or two,yup, went through every step, notification would disappear temporarily and that's it, I've uninstalled and reinstalled twice, restarted after update twice, I can turn off the notification


    • Jeffrey Spencer 1 week ago Link to comment

      Ok, I went in and turned off the notification itself, waited overnight for 12 hours and had no drain on the battery, I'll just have to check it from time to time for updates,no biggie, better than seeing that continuous download arrow and notification


      • Rubens Eishima
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        1 week ago Link to comment

        One other suggestion was to uninstall the language pack and then reinstall it.
        It is also worth testing it and then restart the phone.


      • Jeffrey Spencer 1 week ago Link to comment

        I did that too,it didn't work, notification came back on my phone, I have a Moto G stylus 2021, Android 11, might work on other phones, some may have even had luck with the initial suggestions in the article, I had to turn off the notification itself, some phones might not have that option either, good luck to all because that is annoying as h***


      • Jeffrey Spencer 1 week ago Link to comment

        I'm trying something else, I turned on the notification and retried your suggestion,as soon as I restarted my phone it came back, I decided to try downloading an additional language pack ,English (UK) , I'll come back and let you know in a couple hours or so

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