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Download and install the latest Google Play Store APK 5.6.8 for free

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 1 month 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. If you are looking for the play store download, here is our guide on how to download and install the latest version of the free Google Play Store APK (version 5.6.8).

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Get the latest Play Store download. / © ANDROIDPIT

What's new in Google Play 5.6.8?

Nothing much we can see. The previous update to version 5.5.6 introduced some realigned buttons (right-justified) - a little hard to notice if you hadn't seen this post from Googler Kirill Grouchnikov. The last noticeable changes we saw came back in version 5.5.8, which introduced 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. 

Download the Google Play Store APK [5.6.8]

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 5.6.8 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 June 10, 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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  • Cael Hannah 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Hi, I have tried to install the Google Play Store App via both Methods except when I try to open the app the screen goes grey for a few seconds then crashes and goes back to the menu. I have tried clearing the caches, same result. My phone is an ZTE Open C. I recently just installed an android OS to get better apps. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

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  • Winston G 4 weeks ago Link to comment

    I love this

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  • Victor Blay Amokwaw 4 weeks ago Link to comment

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  • Victor Blay Amokwaw 4 weeks ago Link to comment

    Sofcarrental.so@gmail. Com

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  • Saurabh Kharsikar 1 month ago Link to comment

    done my playstore version is now 5.6.6

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  • Ethan Touey 1 month ago Link to comment

    It says i dont have any space but i do. What do i do!

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  • Ahmad Fahim 1 month ago Link to comment

    Hi, i have problem with google play services its out of date but when i try to uptade ... while installing it says the same application ..... or app not installed plz help me out i don't know what to do -_-

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  • Varel dsouza 1 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 2 months 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 3 months ago Link to comment

    Stahnout

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  • Osvani Colina 4 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 month 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 4 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_ 6 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 6 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 11 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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