How to fix "Waiting for Wi-Fi" error in Google Play Store?

Recently many Android users have unexpectedly experienced a funny sort of situation. When trying to download an app from Google Play Store a usual image onscreen displays "Downloading" with a slider showing the downloading process. At the same time the message "Waiting for Wi-Fi" appears on the right. Actually, there is no downloads. The waiting can last forever. A peculiar point is that the issue occurs with properly working Wi-Fi, and when you get internet access via SIM card mobile network. Moreover the issue depends neither a firmware version nor a Xiaomi model. Obviously, the internet connection is not the cause of this error. Experts found out that the "culprit" is Google Play Store 7.6. However there are several ways to fix this issue. We are ready to share them with you.
Method 1. Replace Google Play Store file.
  1. Turn off internet, clear data, delete current Google Play Store version updates via Applications menu;

  2. Download Google Play Store 7.3.07 version;
  3. Navigate system/priv-app/Phonesky (you will need root access);

  4. Copy the downloaded Google Play Store file into Phonesky folder with replacement;

  5. Set up the roots as indicated in the picture;

  6. Reboot your phone.

Hopefully, it will work and you get rid of this error.

Method 2. Firmware Google Play Store via Recovery.
To employ this method you will need an unblocked loader and a recovery menu TWPR. The following steps will help you to fix the issue.
  1. Download .zip file Google Play Store (Android 5.0+) into device memory;

  2. Reboot your phone into Recovery mode;

  3. Tap “Install” and choose the .zip file you have just downloaded.

After performing all these steps, the error should be gone.

Method 3. Turn off a download accelerator.
  1. Tap "Downloads". You will see three points in the right top corner;

  2. Tap the points;

  3. You should disable xunlei download engine going through the menu. To do so, tap "Settings", then "Xunlei download engine", choose "Unlimited", turn off all recommended sources.

The Google Store will work just fine. The error "Waiting for Wi-Fi" won’t bother you again.

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Harun rashid
Google store erorr how can solved
All the above methods failed bro. Not download/updating any app.
Thank you! I couldn't install an app, kept saying I needed to authenticate my Google, I was already signed in. I removed the Play Store updates and it let me load the app!
I had an .edu and .org account and neither would allow Google Play to work. I created a new Google account and when I went to Google Play I made sure to select my personal account to be the active account. It worked like a charm. Thank you all for your help.
Solution 4 worked for me just now. Thanks so much