Is your phone showing a notification that cannot be closed about the “English (US) download” (or other language) update for Google’s voice recognition services , which is “Waiting for network connection” even if your phone is connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data? Find out how to fix this update stuck and remove the notification from your Android phone.
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“Waiting for network connection” even when connected
The notification is related to Google voice services (Play Store) which is used for text-to-speech functionality on the mobile operating system in applications such as Google Maps, voice calls, accessibility features and others apps.
To fix the problem, you need to follow a few steps in the Google app:
- With the Google app open, tap your profile picture, then select Settings.
- Tap the Voice option.
- To select Offline voice recognition.
- Choose the AUTOMATIC UPDATE tongue.
- Tap the Automatic language updates at any time option.
- Confirm that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, then return to the installed tongue.
- Tap on the language that is not updating, English (United States) in this case.
- press the UPDATE button.
Restart your phone and the notification should not come back. Important: Remember to repeat the steps to select the Automatic language updates via Wi-Fi only option to avoid surprises with data charges on your phone bill.
Depending on your phone settings and system version, the same procedure can be performed by following one of these paths:
- Settings > google > Settings for Google Apps > Search, assistant and voice > Voice > Offline voice recognition
- Settings > apps > ⋮ > Default apps > Helper app > Cog/Gear icon > Offline voice recognition
Clear Google Speech Services cache
Another possible solution to this problem suggested in our comments section is to clear data from the Google Search and Speech Services by Google app, with varying results on our devices:
- Open the Settings application.
- To select Apps and Notifications (or simply Apps).
- Tap the See all apps possibility (or All)
- Scroll down and select Google Voice Services.
- Press on Storage / Cache.
- Tap the Empty the cache option.
Another option is to simply uninstall and reinstall the Speech Services by Google app from the Play Store. Remember that all settings related to text-to-speech services can be reset during the process.
One solution suggested in the comments is to simply disable app notifications:
- Open the Settings application.
- Go to the Apps and Notifications (or simply Apps).
- Open the See all apps option.
- To select Google Voice Services.
- Press on Notifications.
- turn it off Opinion.
Finally, you can also disable or force stop the application. But this drastic measure also disables text-to-speech features in many popular apps, such as navigation, accessibility, and more.
What are Google voice services?
The services triggering the notification are responsible for text-to-speech (TTS) and text-to-speech (STT) functionality on Android phones. They are used by many different applications for speech recognition and screen reading functionality, such as:
- Voice searches on navigation apps, like Google Maps.
- Phone call transcripts.
- Accessibility features to control the phone using voice commands.
- Dictation apps.
- Live translations.
To activate the features, you can go to Settings > System > Languages and input > Text-to-speech output.
Have you encountered this strange notification on your phone? Which solution worked for you? Share your tips and experiences in the comments below!
Updated March 7: Added step-by-step instructions on how to brute force disable notifications for the Speech Services by Google app.