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Download the latest Google Play Store apk 5.4.12 for free

Kris Carlon
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The Google Play Store is free, but there are plenty of tablets and smartphones that don't come with it pre-installed. Fortunately, it's super-easy to get Google's app marketplace running on your Android device, so you don't have to worry about missing out on all the Play Store has to offer.

Here is our guide on how to download and install the latest version of the Google Play Store APK (5.4.12), which brings with it some UI changes, new Material Design elements, and a whole host of minor bug fixes.

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Get the latest Play Store download. / © ANDROIDPIT

Get the Google Play Store APK [5.4.12]

The simplest method is one that should already be quite familiar to you if you're an avid follower of AndroidPIT: just install the Play Store APK manually. An APK is the Android version of a .exe program on your computer.

Instead of downloading an app from the Play Store, you simply install it yourself without the Play Store's help (see our guide on installing apps outside of Google Play. This is, of course, extra useful when it is the Play Store itself you want to install.

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An Android device isn't really an Android device without the Google Play Store. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to install Google Play 5.4.12 manually

There are two ways to get the Google Play APK installed on your device: directly on your phone or with your computer. We'll do the easy option first.

Install Google Play (phone method)

  • Enable ''Unknown Sources'' by going to Settings > Security, then ticking the box next to Unknown sources. Don't be alarmed, unknown sources are simply locations outside of the Play Store, which is critical if it's the Play Store itself that you're after.
  • Using the browser on your device, go to XDA Developers forum or APK Mirror to download the APK for the latest version of the Play Store.
  • You may get a message warning that 'this type of file can harm your device.' Ignore it (trust us) and tap OK.
  • Open the APK (you can tap the completed download in your notifications menu), read the new permissions (if any) that the new Play Store version requests, then tap Install.
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Before you can install APKs, you need to enable Unknown Sources in your settings. / © ANDROIDPIT

Install Google Play (computer method)

If you don't have a data or Wi-Fi connection on your device, you can download the APK to your computer instead.The same process applies:

  • Enable 'Unknown sources' on your device.
  • Using the browser on your computer, go to XDA Developers forum or APK Mirror to download the APK for the latest version of the Play Store.
  • Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable and copy the APK over to your Android. 
  • Launch it the APK, accept permissions and tap Install.
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Sideloading from your PC with a USB cable can sometimes avoid install problems with APKs. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google Play Store troubleshooting

Google Services Framework is a crucial service that lets the Play Store communicate with apps on your device - allowing for automatic updates and so on. If these functions stop working, or you experience other problems, then there may be a problem with the service, and you should clear the cache on Google Play Store and 'Google Play services.' To do this:

  • Go to Settings > Apps
  • Scroll down to Google Play Store, tap it, then tap 'Clear cache'.
  • Do the same for Google Play services
  • That should fix most problems you'll experience with the Play Store

Note: depending on what type of device you have, you may need to be rooted to manually install the Play Store, but that's a tutorial for another day.

Do you prefer to stay ahead of the curve by downloading app APKs manually, or do you like to play it safe and wait for the official rollouts? Let us know. 

Updated by Robert Zak on April 23, 2015

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  • Cesar 1 week ago Link

    hi kris I have a problem on my samsung galaxy note 3 sm-n900w8, after several reboots it forgets all the wofo password that I typed any solutions ?

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  • TKr 1 month ago Link

    Stahnout

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  • Osvani Colina 2 months ago Link

    I have the same problem, i was searching and we have to root the phone, but i dont know how do it :C

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  • alis dracini 2 months ago Link

    i have installed it in my phone, but when I click to open it, it opens and closes itself in a second

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  • fazylucker_ 4 months ago Link

    Hello, I was wondering if Google servers are down at the moment, because I can't seem to connect to my play store and anything that has my google account. Thanks for the help

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  • Ajibola 4 months ago Link

    Chris please how do I upgrade huawei ascend D1 XL from 4.0.4 to 4.4.2

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  • Alexx Alexx 9 months ago Link

    Thanks. You save my device :D
    But now...when i run Play Store appear : Play Store was stopped.

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    • Kris Carlon
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      9 months ago Link

      Happy to help @Alexx! You can try clearing the cache for starters. Settings > Apps > go to Running tab and look for Google Play Store. If that doesn't work you can try the other steps in this article: www.androidpit.com/google-play-not-working

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  • Alexx Alexx 9 months ago Link

    Yes i have it enabled..but when in tap on Instal..wait some second and appear "App not instaled".

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    • Kris Carlon
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      9 months ago Link

      Try downloading the APK from a different link on Android Police. Sometimes I get weird download links that don't work. The dead giveaway is when the APK downloads in two seconds.

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  • Alexx Alexx 9 months ago Link

    Hi Kris...i accidentaly delete play store on my Allview A4 Duo (Micromax a58 Bolt) and i downloaded latest version from androidpolice. When i try to instal , appear the message "App not instaled"
    Thanks.

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    • Kris Carlon
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      9 months ago Link

      Have you made sure you have ''Unknown Sources'' enabled? Go to settings > About phone and tap on Build Number until the notification pops up. Then back up to settings again and you'll find Developer Options in your menu. Just check the box for Unknown Sources (and don't forget to uncheck it once you've installed the APK).

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  • Femi 9 months ago Link

    Hi Kris, Thanks for all your feedback. Could you just help with a recommended youtube link please? i am so tired right now, i think i'm beginning to go crazy! i've been at this for the last 6 hours straight!

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    • Kris Carlon
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      9 months ago Link

      You just need to install ADB Tools on your PC and enable USB Debugging on your phone. You can see those instructions (for an unrelated issue) in this article: http://www.androidpit.com/how-to-record-screen-on-a-nexus-5

      Just read the first paragraph under ''What you need'' - there's also a video about installing the Android SDK but you only need to download the ADB Tools which we have a link for in the article). Then you download the Gapps package/Play Store APK and enter ADB commands to push them to your phone. Here's a decent walkthrough from XDA (it's old though, so you'll need to get the current Gapps etc): http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=992242

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      • Femi 9 months ago Link

        Hi Kris, Thanks again for the links. I got to download ADB, followed the second link on xda, but couldn't go beyond step 2.2 with the following commands:
        adb shell mount -o remount,rw /dev/block/mmcblk0p5 /system
        adb push [the path to your SDK tools folder]\system system/
        adb reboot

        First command fails, while for the second, i do not know what folder is being referred to. I tried reading through the entire post, but no guide or pointers as to what may be wrong.

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      • Femi 9 months ago Link

        I think i may have messed up with the stock bootloader because every time the phone reboots, it boots up into the bootloader. So if the install doesn't complete before reboot, its lost as i have to manually then reboot the phone.
        When i try to factory reset, its same thing. the reset process starts but when the phone reboots, it just goes into bootloader where i can only shutdown the phone or reboot. either options will not complete the process and return the phone back to the way it was before i did the initial reboot.
        I am trying to find a way to fix this...

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      • Kris Carlon
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        9 months ago Link

        You can always flash stock firmware again. That should fix the boot loop issue. Then you can factory reset again and clear the cache partition to avoid any other bugs occurring. Good luck!

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      • Femi 9 months ago Link

        Hi Kris, thats exactly what i did and all is fine now. Thanks again for all your help.

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      • Kris Carlon
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        9 months ago Link

        Excellent, glad we got there in the end @Ferni!

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