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How to download and install the Google Play Store

Sometimes it's necessary to install the Google Play Store manually. If you have accidentally uninstalled it, if you want to roll back to a previous version to avoid bugs, or if your Google Play Store is not working and you just want a fresh install - here's how to download and how to install the Play Store. Use the latest features problem free.

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A note on Google Play Store version numbers

The numbering system for Google Play Store versions may seem a little confusing at first, but it's easy to get your head around. If the jumps between numbers seem odd, that's simply because Google didn't publicly release the versions in between. 

Download Google Play Store APK

Please note that the following guide is for owners of an Android device with a licensed version of the Play Store installed. We recognize that is sometimes necessary to re-install or roll back the Play Store. 

Download the latest version of the Play Store:

Looking for a previous version of the Google Play Store?

The latest version of Google Play is 12.9.12 and as usual, most of the changes are under the hood, aimed at making everything run more smoothly. We haven't been able to find significant changes to the user interface or new features. If you download the update and notice any errors, however, check out our guide to troubleshooting Google Play.

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Of all the apps on your phone, the Play Store is the one you really want to keep updated. / © AndroidPIT

How do I install the Google Play Store?

The simplest method for installing the Play Store will 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 equivalent to 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. We've even got a handy guide to help you:

This is, of course, extra useful when the app you want to install is the Play Store itself.

There are two ways to get the Google Play APK installed on your device: directly on your phone or through your computer. We'll do the easy option first.

Install Google Play with your phone

  • Head to Settings and find Apps. Once in the apps menu, scroll down until you find your mobile browser - Google Chrome, for example.
  • Tap on your browser and scroll down to the Advanced section. There you will find Install unknown apps. Open and select Allow from this source. You can disable this option after 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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Enabling unknown sources installs can be intimidating, but you can disable it any time. / © AndroidPIT

Install Google Play using a computer 

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, but you will need a file manager app, if your device doesn't come with a preinstalled one.

  • Download a a file manager - Es File Explorer, for example. Allow it to install apps from unknown sources, following the same steps as described for your mobile browser.
  • 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 device. 
  • Find the APK with your file manager app.
  • Launch the APK, accept the 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. In such a case, you should clear the cache on both 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, it may need to be rooted in order 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 is the one must-have feature you want in the Google Play Store? Do you like the latest updates? Let us know in the comments.


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  • 3dreal 3 months ago Link to comment

    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 want.
    Should be: which ISNT critical

  • took me 4 hours. Time to fucking kill myself lmao

  • I have faced an issue with an old Samsung device where the Playstore constantly crashed. I simply used to clean the cache and it made life easier.

  • This STILL isn't working for me. I received a replacement LG G4 phone and it is not authenticating so I can't download any apps. I have cleared cache and data, restarted, uninstalled play store updates, installed APK play store twice and still NOTHING. please email me at jacobypierce716@gmail.com if you know how to fix this please.

    • 3dreal 3 months ago Link to comment

      in android 7 i dont see clear cache and data anymore in the apps. where is that. also have a google pay-problem, update was blocked since i was working elsewhere (paypal?)with the problem. a clear instruction what must be set where-a tutorial should be offered by both paypal and google-play. google pay seems has nothing to do with that.

  • zoeyst 10 months ago Link to comment

    Every time I have problem with Google Play Store, I just clear the Clear cache, and every time it works.

  • ryhan 11 months ago Link to comment

    great share but I don't do this but why I don't understand

  • I'm confused! Now if I need to d/l the Play Store on my Ellipsis 7? tablet, which 'version' of d/l would I choose??? Computer? Phone? I don't have WiFi but do have data. A few days ago, I kept gettin' message that my messenger was out of date. Reluctantly, I decided to d/l a newer version. It wouldn't let me do it. A 'friend' told me that she had the same pblm and that she had to uninstall her current one. So, like an idiot, I uninstalled it.....only to STILL not b able to d/l the newer version. After a couple hrs of hair pulling, I decided to call tech support at Verizon. AGAIN, I proved my desire to own the idiot award! The guy walked me through it...still unable to d/l ANY version of messenger. Then he has me tap this, tap that, tap on Google play store and tap on uninstall! My brain kept saying"Don't u do it", but my stylus tapped it anyways! Then the guy asks me to tap on Google play store!!! And when I told him that it wasn't there anymore since he had me to uninstall it, he tells me to look n other places for it! OMG!!! So, as it stands, now I have no messenger, no Google play store and it seems I can't just d/l a messenger without the darn Play Store!!! HELP!!!

    • Nicholas Montegriffo
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      • Staff
      Jan 12, 2018 Link to comment

      Hi Wanda, since you have data on the tablet you can activate it and download the Google Play Store version from the apkmirror link in the article. The try the 'phone' instruction for installation to install it directly on your device.

  • Google play store error code 0 can't update n can't download pls help me

  • Hi, I was presented with an Amazon Fire phone which which has 6.0 version, from my daughter which incidentally had Google Play store and Google play services but hanged subsequently. I uninstalled and installed again but there was no shortcut created on the page. When I go to the APK mirror for reinstalling them, it says installed. How to get the shortcut icon so as to download apps to my phone.

  • Diana Mar 9, 2017 Link to comment

    It was very helpful, thank you!

  • I can tdownload gamepoint

  • I need help play services keep stopping and I can't fix the problem

  • My installed Google play store in tablet Tablet Canaima does not open.solve my problem,please.

  • When me open Google play store show me dress H .totaly not working kl

  • Yes missing

  • My rooted porridge is cooling down and my spoon is stuck in V5.11, how can i eat?

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