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Download and install the latest Google Play Store APK 5.8.11 for free

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 2 weeks ago

The Google Play Store is free, but plenty of tablets and smartphones 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 free Google Play Store APK version 5.8.11, pulled straight from the latest preview of Android Marshmallow.

A note on Google Play Store version numbers

The numbering system for Google Play Store versions may seem a little confusing, but it's easy to understand. The versions listed below are simply the versions made publicly available by Google. If the jumps between numbers seems odd, that's simply because Google never released the ones in between.

We've also listed the dates each version appeared for your reference. Note that sometimes new Play Store versions introduce new features or delete old ones, so we've got download links for previous versions as well as details on what each new version introduces at the very bottom of this article.

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You should always stay up to date with the latest Play Store. / © ANDROIDPIT

Download latest version of Google Play Store APK

The latest version of Google Play is 5.8.11 and was pulled from the Android M Developer Preview 3. The final preview of Android 6.0 Marshmallow was released on August 17.  

Download the latest Google Play Store version:

Download previous Google Play Store versions:

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Of all the apps on your phone you want to keep the Play Store updated the most. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to install the Google Play Store 5.8.11 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 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 extra useful when it is the Play Store itself you want to install.

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 installation 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.

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Each version of the Play Store can add or subtract features. / © ANDROIDPIT

What's new in Google Play

What's new in Google Play 5.8.11

There's not a lot that we can see, other than transitions and animations seeming a little faster on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Even though this version of the Play Store was pulled from the Android M preview 3, it still seems to be working fine on Android 5.1. If you want to play it safe though, stick to 5.8.8 for now.

What's new in Google Play 5.8.8

Not much other than a cool new hamburger menu animation. You've probably seen this elsewhere in Google apps, but when you switch from one screen to another, the three horizontal lines that take you to the navigation drawer rotate and convert into a back arrow.

What's new in Google Play 5.7.10

Google Play Store 5.7.10 brought circular animations to TV pages and "popular opinions review blurbs", according to the uploader's notes on APK Mirror. Feel free to check it out and let us know what you find. The download link is below.

What's new in Google Play 5.7.6

Some new changes appeared in Google Play Store version 5.7.6. The 'What's New' section in app descriptions now has a slightly different look - green text on a green background.

There's also some new animations in the kid's 'Characters' section. Tapping a character's picture makes the image zoom up to the top of the screen with the relevant information displayed underneath.

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The 'What's New' section (left) has changed and there's now a nice transition animation for 'Characters'. / © ANDROIDPIT

What's new in Google Play 5.6.6

A previous update to version 5.6.6 introduced some realigned buttons (right-justified) - difficult 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. 

Do you like to stay ahead of the curve by downloading app APKs manually, or do you prefer to play it safe and wait for the official rollouts? Let us know.

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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  • Isaias and Michele Isaias and Michele 1 week ago Link to comment

    I wanted to install more apps on the telephone and I see a white color screen
    and I see the words:
    server error.Please retry.
    I have been installing many apps
    on the telephone recently and
    the storage on the telephone is getting low
    and I see messages and
    or notifications
    letting me know that some telephone
    functions such as sync etc. may not work
    properly or they may not work at all!!

  • Javed Siddiqui 1 week ago Link to comment

    Download Android Apps, Apk Files, Themes at www.appsapkfile.com

  • Shivani Cuty 1 week ago Link to comment

    Am unable to download Google play store on my mobile...i dono wts wrong...plss cn any1 help me

  • JOSEPH MUGOYA 1 week ago Link to comment

    my coolpad c8730L always says google play services has stopped. how can i fix the problem?

  • FINinCN 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    I found the GP services and installed it. Now starting Play Store does not stop immediately. It gets to a white display and then " Unfortunately, Google Play services has stopped". Clearing caches and data - no improvement.

  • markus vinicius 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    Ty

  • FINinCN 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    I don't want to do factory reset since almost all other things are now ok, after much much trying.
    But re-reading the instructions i noted that it says "...clear the cache on Google Play Store and Google Play Services..." Trying that - I don't find Google Play Services from my applications. Should it be installing with the same apk or is that separate? - If so where can I find it?

  • perasma 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    please add these 2 steps to this guide (if my answer is correct)...
    - after factory reset , unmount SD (might keep some cache there)
    - correct the date. (optional)

    i think the mounted SD was the problem to my situation. God i was trying for a day to fix my spyphone.

  • Alvano Richie 4 weeks ago Link to comment

    Thank you so much, i was looking for this..

  • FINinCN 1 month ago Link to comment

    Tried both methods and the clearing data and it does not work. My GT-I9502 seems to install google play ok, but half second after starting it just stops again. I have never had google play working in this phone because it is hardware originally for China Unicom, so there is some bloatware in it. I have now android 5.0.1, but had same problem with several earlier versions. I guess I need to dump Samsung and go with some other brand.

  • Elleb Belle 1 month ago Link to comment

    Cant download and install google play servepices on my tablet.. Its samsung galaxy tab 2. I DID FOLLOW ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS!?

  • Elleb Belle 1 month ago Link to comment

    Cant download and install google play services.. What shoulo:-)

    • Dornita Ingram 3 weeks ago Link to comment

      Went from Verizon to straight talk. They troubled shooted my phone, and still can't download Google play store....

  • Oscar Rodriguez Murphy 1 month ago Link to comment

    Already did yesterday all done

  • Oscar Rodriguez Murphy 1 month ago Link to comment

    Get the new Google play store update just now.

  • Jakeer Hussain Fidha Hussain 1 month ago Link to comment

    Thanks for Google.

  • Kesha Walker Pomeroy 1 month ago Link to comment

    YOU ARE AWESOME!!!! I recently purchased a China-market Lenovo, and I could NOT get Google Play to open. Tried everything short of rooting, which was something I was extremely reluctant to attempt. This worked-- thanks again!!

  • Zuwwar Khan Jadoon 1 month ago Link to comment

    I have Q mobile X 250 with android system. When i download play store whatever version and try to install it, it doesn't work and there is just written app not installed. Any body knows any solution??

  • Angelica Flores 1 month ago Link to comment

    istall google to my divice

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