Lots of people pick up tablets and smartphones that don't have the Google Play Store pre-installed on them. 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 Play Store manually to get Android apps, games and more.
Get the Google Play Store APK
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.
How to install Google Play manually
Now, 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)
Just follow one of the links above or do a Google search for the latest Google Play Store version and download the APK file to your Android. Next, you need to have ''Unknown Sources'' enabled in your device's security settings. 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.
Once you've downloaded the APK file, tap it in your Downloads folder or notifications shade and hit ''Install.'' (When the installation process is completed you can disable ''Unknown Sources'' again just to be safe.)
You'll be prompted to read permissions and accept them, then the app will install itself. Google Play will automatically install Google Services Framework, which is what Google uses to keep the Play Store communicating with your apps, so it knows when to update them. And that's it, create a Google account or log in and you're golden.
Install Google Play (computer method)
If this method doesn't work for you, you don't have a data or Wi-Fi connection on your Android or you'd simply like to run an anti-virus check or something on the APK first before installing it, you can download the APK to your computer instead.
Then the same process applies: enable ''Unknown Sources'' and then connect your device to your computer with a USB cable and copy the APK over to your Android, from where you do the same steps as above, just launch it, accept permissions and log in. Google Services Framework will be installed and you can log in as normal.
Google Services Framework troubleshooting
If, for some reason, the Google Services Framework doesn't auto-install, you can do it manually yourself too. Just check the same sources mentioned above for the Google Services Framework APK and install it as well.
Make sure you install any APKs from trusted sources and that you have read the feedback on those sites to ensure the app is functioning well before installing them, just to avoid any headaches.
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.
Have you installed the Google Play Store manually? Any other APKs now that you know how?