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How to download and install the Google Play Store

The Google Play Store is a treasure trove of apps and content. It's sometimes necessary to install the Play Store manually if you unintentionally uninstalled it or want to roll back to a previous version to avoid bugs. Here's how to download and how to install the Play Store, so you can try the new features before the rest of the crowd.

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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. 

The latest version of Google Play is 8.6.22 and as usual, most of the changes are under the hood, aimed at making everything run more smoothly so we haven't been able to find significant changes to user interface or new features. If you download the update and notice any apparent errors, 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 to install Google Play Store

The simplest method for how to install 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 to know 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 with your computer. We'll do the easy option first.

Install Google Play (phone method)

  • Enable Unknown Sources by going to Settings > Security, then select Unknown sources and enable it. 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. (Don't forget to disable this option by tapping it again 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 security 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 device. 
  • 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, 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, 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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  • ryhan 1 month 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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      1 month ago 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 11 months ago Link to comment

    It was very helpful, thank you!

  • Ann Ellis Feb 12, 2017 Link to comment

    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.

  • Md Firoz Jan 21, 2017 Link to comment

    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?

  • I can't download anything it is so annoying

  • Ali Amjad Dec 27, 2016 Link to comment

    i am using galaxy C7 and i am having problem with google services as i am unable to connect any google service since i updated the new software. can some one help me?????

  • i was able to load play to my fire tab no problem. The problem arises when i try to download a spanish app. it says not available in your country. since im an American, living in Mexico, I can not grab the claro video application.

  • M Cac Nov 22, 2016 Link to comment

    This STILL isn't working for me. I received a replacement LG G4 phone and it is not authenticating so I can't dowenload any apps. I have cleared cache and data, restarted, uninstalled play store updates, installed APK play store - NOTHING. can anyone help? msem1003 at gmail

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you! Was trying to download an app for hours. Tried everything clear cache, delete Play Store, delete google account, reboot etc. This did the trick in a few mins :-)

  • If a repair to the broken phones takes more than one click just forget it and don't post an article about it.

  • Its work

  • Can't make it install on kindle 10

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