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Google Play Store not working? Here's what you can do

Authored by: Loie Favre — 1 month ago

Each Android user has probably experienced the Google Play Store crashing and burning. Whether you get a Google Play Store error message when downloading apps or the Play Store doesn't open and wondering "is the Play Store down?", here we've got the solutions to those times when Google Play doesn't work for you.

1. Clear the Google Play Store cache

In most cases when the Play Store's faltering, you just need to empty the app's cache. This is a storage area that will temporarily hold data which can then quickly be retrieved again without needing to be reloaded; in short, it helps the Play Store load quicker. To empty the cache:

  • Go to Settings > Apps. Tap All > Google Play Store then finally tap the Clear Cache button.
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On the Play Store app , you can delete the cache, data and uninstall updates. / © ANDROIDPIT

2. Clear out your Play Store data 

Along similar lines to - but more drastic than - the first tip is deleting the data from the Play Store. This sets the app back to square one and gets rid of your saved information - hopefully including whatever was glitchy data was causing the problem.

  • As with the previous tip, go to Settings > Apps > Google Play Store but this time tap Clear Data.

3. Uninstall Play Store updates

Even this can help. Sometimes an update will do more harm than good to your Play Store app, so it makes sense to uninstall an update.

  • Go to Settings > Apps > Google Play Store then tap the button that says Uninstall updates.This will revert Google Play back to the original version (as it appeared when it was first installed on your device),
  • Next, you'll need to find an older - but still recent - version of the Play Store app to download. The best way to do this is by going to the Google Play Store page on APK Mirror and download it from there.
  • If you need more help with installing the Play Store APK, read our guide on how to do it.
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You can find previous Play Store versions at APK Mirror. / © ANDROIDPIT

4. Clear data and cache on Google Play Services

If Google Play Store is the beating heart of your Android device, then Services is the soul - that enigmatic background process that brings the scattered pieces together and makes them greater than the sum of their parts. In other words, Play Services allows apps to communicate with different parts of your device - letting them sync, send push notifications and so on. Play Store problems could stem from an issue with Google Play Services. 

  • Go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play services then tap  the ‘Empty Cache’ button. If that fails to solve the problem, come back to this page and tap the Clear data
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Go to the Google Play services page, then scroll down and tap 'Clear cache' or 'Clear data' / © ANDROIDPIT

5. Reset your Google account on your phone

We're coming now to the slightly more drastic solutions. If your Play Store app still isn't working, then you may need to refresh your Google account on your Android device. In other words, remove your account from your device then add it again.

  • Go to Settings > Accounts  then tap Google under manage accounts. 
  • Tap the Google account you want to remove, then tap the menu icon (three dots) at the top right and tap 'Remove. Do this for every Google account on your device. 
  • Next, go to Settings > Accounts > Add Account > Google and follow the on-screen steps to re-add your account.
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Removing your Google account then re-adding it could fix your Play Store problems. / © ANDROIDPIT

7. Perform a Factory Data Reset of your smartphone

If you're still facing problems at this stage and have checked our guide for solving common Google Play Store error messages, then you may have little choice but to do a factory reset. Be forewarned that all of your data will be lost, so it is super important to perform a complete backup beforehand.

  • First, make sure all your smartphone data is backed up. To do this, go to Settings > Backup & reset then make sure the 'Back up my data' slider is on. Tap 'Backup account' to select which account you want your data backed up to.
  • Once you've done this, in the Backup & reset menu tap Factory data reset at the bottom. Confirm that you want to do this, and you phone will be as good as new. Your backed up data will be restored when you log back into your Google account.
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Make sure you've selected 'Back up my data' before performing a factory reset. / © ANDROIDPIT

8. For rooted users: edit hosts file

If the Play Store won't load for you and your device is rooted, you have an even simpler solution at hand: just modify your Hosts file for a quick fix.

  • Go to your preferred file manager, then navigate to system/etc/hosts and select the Edit option (this will vary between devices).
  • Add a hashtag (#) to the front of the second set of numbers and save your changes (i.e. change from 127.0.0.1 to #127.0.0.1). Reboot your device, re-add your Google account and your Google Play Store problems should be fixed.

Did these work for you? Do you have any other advice to get the Google Play Store working again? Let us know in the comments.

Updated by Robert Zak on July 14, 2015

Loie Favre found her way to her present passion for Android and smartphone technology after experiencing an epiphany when she held her Galaxy Note 2. From that point onwards, you can find her with her nose buried in countless Android apps and different smartphone models, and thanking her lucky stars that she gets to work at something she loves.

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  • Shujaat ali 1 day ago Link to comment

    Hey thanks its work for me i just downlaod apps store and install it 😜

  • Jackie 2 days ago Link to comment

    Hi I kept getting errors in google play store and somehow uninstalled it. When I try to reinstall it from google it doesnt allow me help pls ......

  • Viraj Kaluarachchi 4 days ago Link to comment

    Many thanks.. it works for me.... 👌

  • barber blacksheep 1 week ago Link to comment

    Hmmm. I don't have anything installed...and I can't get into GP to install anything..but a nice wee arrow thing is slowly hypnotising me into acceptance of this.

  • Mack K 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    My version of google play services is different from yours in the picture and has different options. I can't "clear data"; only cache. Other options are Manage, uninstall or stop. My prob is my Galaxy S is trapped in an unintentional wrong google acct log in attempt. I was in the right acct, tapped my other google acct in play store drop down list bcuz I just wanted to see a list of apps assoc'd with it. Instead, I got a pop up asking me to accept or decline google TOS. If I click decline, it closes Play Store. I don't want to click accept because I don't want that acct's data on this phone. So what do I do? Already tried clearing google play store app cache and even stopping and restarting the service. Maybe wipe the phone cache partition?

  • Hoi Kay Li 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    Help! All my Google Services on my Android Phone have stopped working and I can't remove my account or factory reset the phone.

    Tech info:
    Moto G (1st gen)
    Android 5.0.2 (lollipop)
    1 GB ram
    8 GB storage
    Carrier : Lycamobile

    • Dar Hunain 1 week ago Link to comment

      Go to my files or files manager internal memory scrol down find whats app than media than images and videos delete all the sent data from whats app and problem solved. Try this

  • manish nair 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    i was getting error 194 on downloading apps from paystore so i uninstalled the updates but it alws get updates everytime !!!!!!!!!! and then i face same 194 errors..what shud i do ? why playstore seems to update itself again and again

  • Adil Ghafoor 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    Hi when I attempt to sign in on Google play it says there was a problem with Google servers can someone please help me

  • Gabriel Ortiz 4 weeks ago Link to comment

    I've reset my phone and also cleared the play services but my Google play won't work as well as only other Google logins

    • Dar Hunain 1 week ago Link to comment

      Go to my files or files manager internal memory scrol down find whats app than media than images and videos delete all the sent data from whats app and problem solved. Try this

  • Brandon Guzman 4 weeks ago Link to comment

    I rest my phone and now when I'm setting my phone it wont let accept the eula & diagnostic data. I need help

    • Dar Hunain 1 week ago Link to comment

      Go to my files or files manager internal memory scrol down find whats app than media than images and videos delete all the sent data from whats app and problem solved. Try this

  • Sammy Brady 1 month ago Link to comment

    Hi I'm Samantha but everyone calls me Sammy. I've got a rooted Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, 7 inch WiFi. I have gone in to system/etc/hosts to change second IP address on the tablet as my tablet will not let me sign in to google account as it keeps saying something about WiFi not being strong enough and to use a stronger signal or connection error but i can get on to the internet though. at the moment i'm in root explorer on my tab and i'm seeing 2 sets of IP addresses. one is: 127.0.0.1 and second one is: 127.131.***.** android.clients.google.com, is it the second IP address to put a # next to as i'm new to this. Thanks

  • Ivo Moreira 1 month ago Link to comment

    Hi. I'm brazilian and I am really sorry for my poor english. But, anyway, I'll try to explain my bad situation clearly.

    Well... I think my Google Play is not working 'cause I uninstalled the system apk "Downloads". Now, when I try to download some app from Play Store, it starts the download, but the same keeps at the "blue line process" looping ad infinitum.
    So, how do I get the system file for Android 4.1.2, for me to solve my problem.
    After all, the apk is not available on Play Store to download and, even if it does, I just can't download anything! What a shit!
    Please, someone, give me a link to get this file. It's all I ask!

    Att.,
    Ivo

    • Dar Hunain 1 week ago Link to comment

      Go to my files or files manager internal memory scrol down find whats app than media than images and videos delete all the sent data from whats app and problem solved. Try this

    • Jeff Reitz 3 days ago Link to comment

      Go to xda developers. com search for Google play apk file. download it. I did the same thing trust me it works. XDA developers are very well known in the Android community.

  • De Joaqs GC 1 month ago Link to comment

    Hi - so for over a month and half I have not been able to get into Play Store and the internet icon is grey - not the typical blue colour. I have followed your suggestions - even to the point of resetting my device. That did not work. When I got to the point of setting up a Google account and entered my existing account it said "android device may not be provisioned for data services". So i decided to set it up with a new account - but that did not work either. And the icon is still grey. So....I went to your page detailing how to download and install the latest Google Play Store APK.... BUT that has not worked either.
    Now I am left with a tablet that has been wiped, no access to anything Google - BUT i can access the internet. This is most frustrating to say the least. Any ideas? Please!!

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