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How to download and install Google Play Store manually

Kris Carlon
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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.

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Find out how you can download install the Play Store manually. / © ANDROIDPIT

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.

You can always pick up the latest version of the Google Play Store APK on XDA Developers forum or via APK Mirror.

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

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.

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APKs can be managed, renamed or deleted in a file explorer. / © ANDROIDPIT

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. 

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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 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.

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Sideloading from your PC with a USB cable can sometimes avoid install problems with APKs. / © ANDROIDPIT

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?

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  • TKr 3 weeks ago Link

    Stahnout

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  • Osvani Colina 1 month 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 1 month 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_ 3 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 3 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 8 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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      8 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 8 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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      8 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 8 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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      8 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 8 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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      8 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 8 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 8 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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        8 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 8 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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        8 months ago Link

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

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  • Femi 8 months ago Link

    Hello Kris, thanks for the reply.

    In my bid to get the E8 up and running, here's what i've done so far:
    Tried unlocking bootloader and rooting following the details in link below:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2699065
    I think the bootloader unlock was successful, but doubt the rooting was. Reason i doubt rooting was successful is because i got to install Titanium Backup and the app gave a warning saying root access was still unavailable.

    I would like to start the whole process maybe on a clean slate, if possible, or simply just get root access for sure.

    Kindly share with me details of how to flash GApps package through recovery, and yes, i have KK 4.4.2 on my device.

    Would also love steps/guide to get to root please.

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    • Kris Carlon
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      8 months ago Link

      Hi @Ferni, you can simply install an app from the Play Store called Root Checker to see if you got root successfully or not.

      To get the Gapps package you want, just take a look on XDA. There's lots of different versions available, so jsut pick the one you want (ie. some only have the bare bones Google apps, others include Gmail, YouTube, Maps etc) and get the one for 4.4.2. Just download it to your device.

      To flash it, just turn your phone off and press and hold Power and Volume Down to enter the Fastboot menu, then use the volume buttons to highlight Recovery Mode and press power to confirm. Then select install zip (or however it is worded) and find the Gapps package you downloaded. Hit power to confirm and that should be it.

      Depending on how ''restricted'' the device is it may not work, but this is a good first try. Sometimes just installing the Play Store will automatically pull Play Services. If the APK won't install make sure you have Unknown Sources checked off in the security settings of your phone.

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