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Download and install the latest Google Play Store APK 5.5.12 for free

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 2 weeks ago

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 (5.5.12), which brings with it some new Material Design animations, review blurbs and and a whole host of minor bug fixes.

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Get the latest Play Store download. / © ANDROIDPIT

What's new in Google Play 5.5.12?

Nothing much we can see. The noticeable changes came back in v5.5.8: a nifty circular animation in the TV shows section (only on devices running Android 5.1 though). Whenever you tap on a TV series, the image for that show will animate into a little circle that shoots up to the top of the screen to become the hero banner. When you back out of a show, the process is reversed. We're assuming the animation will come to other sections of the Play Store in a future update. You can see the animation in action below. 

Get the Google Play Store APK [5.5.12]

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 an .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.

How to install Google Play 5.5.12 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. (Don't forget to uncheck this option once you're done)
  • 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 Kris Carlon on May 18, 2015

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Varel dsouza 1 week ago Link to comment

    Whenever I open google play services,it crashes and an error message pops out saying 'unfortunately google play services has stopped working'
    plz help....thx

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  • Adam McCumbee 1 week ago Link to comment

    I just downloaded the new Google Play Store 5.5.12, I have A Nextbook 8, I use Link2sd and have it rooted with kingo I have always been able to download my apps updates with no problem But Before I updated my Store and now after I still can't update ASTRO File Manager With Cloud. It says Insufficient space. And Google + app says the same thing.. Although I have an External SD Card. And have enough space ... I can update and download 10 apps around those two with no problem. Thats how I know Something is wrong with them... Please help I'm losing my mind trying to keep it updated

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    • joan macabera 1 week ago Link to comment

      Clear your download cache. . Find download manager and then click clear cache and you should be good to go. If you can't find it try installing or updating an app and click on the download and the manager usually shows up. Hope that helps

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      • Adam McCumbee 1 week ago Link to comment

        that did absolutely nothing... They are still in the google app store, asking to be updated. I have plenty of space... I don't understand it. all other apps update with no problem, I just started having this problem when these two new updates came out.

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  • Cesar 1 month ago Link to comment

    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 2 months ago Link to comment

    Stahnout

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  • Osvani Colina 3 months ago Link to comment

    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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    • joan macabera 1 week ago Link to comment

      There is a very good root on the play store called v-root. Its pretty simple to use. But remember to turn on developer options.

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  • alis dracini 3 months ago Link to comment

    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_ 5 months ago Link to comment

    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 5 months ago Link to comment

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

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  • Alexx Alexx 10 months ago Link to comment

    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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      10 months ago Link to comment

      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 10 months ago Link to comment

    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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      10 months ago Link to comment

      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 10 months ago Link to comment

    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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      10 months ago Link to comment

      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 10 months ago Link to comment

    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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      10 months ago Link to comment

      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 10 months ago Link to comment

        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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