The Google Play Store is one amazing aspect that nobody would want missing in their phone due to the great apps that it allows you to get upon a few simple taps. However, need may arise to download a newer version or probably you may have tinkered some settings without your knowledge and uninstalled it. Below is a guideline on how to get this great buddy back to your phone. This guideline is for those whose Android device has an installed version of the Play Store that is licensed.
First thing to keep in mind is that the different Google Play Store versions come in numbers that do not follow a clear order and can thus be confusing. This is because the missing version numbers belong to versions that were not released publicly. It's also worth noting that each version may come with apps that are absent in another version and vice versa.
The first step is to install the Google Play Store APK. The APK for Android can be compared to the exe program that's on your computer. There are two ways of doing the installation either directly on your phone or using your computer.
The first step that involves your phone ensues with the following steps:
- Enable 'Unknown Sources'. This is done by heading to the Settings then Security. Tick the box that's next to 'Unknown Sources', which is an option for places that are outside the Google Play Store that's critical if you are after the Google Play Store itself, so there's no need to get alarmed.
- Head to 'APK Mirror' or 'forum of XDA Developers' using your device's browser and download the APK for the Play Store's latest version.
- You may receive a warning message that that type of file could cause harm to your device. Just give it a cold shoulder and trust Google on that.
- Open the downloaded APK and go through the new permissions if they are present.
- Hit install and you are ready to go.
The second step involves use of your computer. This comes as the only option is you do not have Wi-Fi connection or data on your Android device. The steps are pretty much the same as in the former.
- 'Unknown Sources' are enabled first.
- Head for the forum of 'XDA Developers' or 'APK Mirror' and download APK for Google Play's latest version.
- Connect your Android device to your computer using a USB cable then copy the APK onto it.
- Get to launch the APK, agree with the permissions and hit install.
The next step involves troubleshooting should you find any difficulties with any of the functions of the Google Services Framework. Such problems could be an indicator that there could be a problem with the service. Sort this out by clearing the cache on the Play Store as well as Google Play Services. Follow the steps below:
- Go to the Settings and select 'Apps'.
- Navigate to the 'Google Play Store' option and tap it then tap onto the 'Clear the cache' option.
- Repeat that for the Google Play services and you'll be ready to go.
It's also worth noting that you may require to root your device manually in order to install the Play Store according to the type of device that you have.