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Common Google Play Store error codes and how to fix them

Update: New problems and solutions

Authored by: Loie Favre — 2 months ago

Has this ever happened to you? You find an interesting application and try to download it, only to receive a cryptic error message containing seemingly random numbers from Google Play Store. Pretty annoying, right? Here are some of the most common Google Play Store errors, what they mean, and how to solve them.

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Error DF-BPA-09 Error Package File Invalid Error rh01 Error rpc:aec:0] Error RPC:S-3
Error rpc:s-5:aec-0 Error -24 Error 101 Error 110 Error 194
Error 403 Error 406 Error 413 Error 481 Error 491
Error 492 Error 495 Error 498 Error 497  Error 504
Error 911 Error 919 Error 920 Error 921 Error 924
Error 927 Error 940 Error 941 Error 944 Error 961
Error 906 / 907 / 963        

The solutions for the errors described below are based on the experiences of the AndroidPIT editors as well as readers and moderators from the forum. Some of these solutions also come courtesy of a very helpful XDA Developers forum thread. If you encounter any other problems with Google Play, feel free to share your experiences in the comments and forum.

Google Play - Error DF-BPA-09 'Error Processing Purchase'

Problem

Google Play Error Processing Purchase DF-BPA-09 happens quite often when trying to download an app. This problem won’t go away if you simply try downloading again, so you’ll need to go into the settings.

Solution

The problem is not due to individual users, but to Google Play itself, so we’re hoping it will be fixed in the near future. In the meantime, here is what you can do:

  • Go into the Settings of your device
  • Tap on Apps or Applications Manager (the name varies depending on your device).
  • Swipe to the All column.
  • Scroll down until you see Google Services Framework
  • Finally, choose Clear data and then OK.

If this doesn't work, go on to the Google Play site on your PC and install the app that is giving you issues on your smartphone or tablet from there. When you go back to your device, the install should work.

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These are the solutions to the most common Google Play Store errors. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google Play - Error 194

Problem

Error caused when trying to download games or apps from the Google Play Store.

Solution

One fix for this issue is to clear the cache data for Google Play Services and the Google Play Store. 

  1. Go to Settings > Apps or Application Manager
  2. Scroll across to All and then down to the Google Play Store app.
  3. Open the app details and tap the Force stop button.
  4. Next tap on the Clear data button.

Now repeat the process above but replace Google Play Store with Google Play Services at step two and then attempt your download again.  

If that doesn't work, don't worry, the issue has now been resolved and a fix is being rolled out in the next version of the Play Store app. Just make you have the latest Google Play Store APK and you shouldn't experience this error again.

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For the best Google Play experience, make sure you have the latest version installed. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google Play - Error 495

Problem

Problem downloading or updating apps from Play Store.

Solution

Delete your Google Play Store data in Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store > Clear data. Delete data from Google Services Framework as well (note: this will assign a new Google ID to your device, as if you had factory reset it, meaning your Google apps may temporarily act up afterward).

Delete your Google account on the device, reboot your phone and re-add your Google account in Settings > Accounts > Add Account > Google Account.

Google Play - Error 941

Problem

Interruption during update.

Solution

Go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store and press Clear cache and Clear data. In the same place, scroll down to Download Manager and press Clear cache and Clear data for that too. Try the update again.

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Clearing the cache and data for the Play Store will fix many common problems. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google Play - Error rh01

Problem

Error retrieving information from server.

First solution

Go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store and select both Clear data and Clear cache. Do the same for Google Services Framework.

Second solution

Remove and re-add your Gmail account, restart your device and then re-add your Gmail account.

Google Play - Error rpc:s-5:aec-0

Problem

Error retrieving information from server.

Solution

Go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store and select Clear cache and Uninstall updates. Do the same for Download Manager and Google Services Framework.

Google Play - Error 504

Problem

App could not be downloaded due to an error.

First solution

The usual, please: go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store and Clear cache and Clear data. Also Clear cache and Clear data for Google Services Framework.

Second solution

Try removing your GMail account

Google Play - Error 505

Problem

Two or more apps with duplicate permissions

Solution

You need to find out what app has the same permissions as the one you're trying to install and uninstall the problem app. To do this, find the APK file for the app you are trying to install and attempt to restore the app using a Lucky Patcher backup. The tool should present a window alerting you to which app is producing the conflict. This is the app you need to uninstall.

Google Play - Error 491

Problem

Downloads and updates impossible.

Solution

Remove your Google account by going to the Settings for your device, then Accounts and Google. Hit Remove account. Reboot your Android and add the account once again. Next, in the Settings, go to Apps and swipe to All. Scroll down to Google Services, then click Clear data and finally Force stop.

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Wiping your cache partition is a solution to many problems on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google Play - Error 498

Problem

Interruption of downloads from the Google Play Store.

Solution

The problem is that the cache of your device is full. Delete unneeded applications and files. Restart your smartphone in recovery mode by pressing the volume down, power and home buttons (for Samsung devices), or volume down and power (for most other devices).

This mode provides a few more options. Select Wipe cache partition by navigating between options with the volume rocker. Confirm using the power button.

Google Play - Error 919

Problem

Downloading the app works but it does not open once downloaded.

Solution

There is simply no more space on your Android. Eliminate all unnecessary data, such as music, videos or large applications.

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Some problems can be fixed by clearing the cache and the data from the Google Play Store app. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google Play - Error 413

Problem

Downloading applications or updates is impossible. If you use a proxy, remember that it may cause problems with the operation of the Google Play Store.

Solution

In Settings, find Apps (or Application manager), then swipe to All. Scroll down to Google Services and tap on Clear data and then Force stop. Do the same with the Google Play Store app and clear the cache from your internet browser.

Google Play Store - Error 497

Problem

Difficulty updating installed apps

First solution

Clear out your Play Store data. Go to Settings > Applications > All > Google Play Store and hit Clear cache, Clear data and Uninstall updates.

Second solution

Disable your SD card, if you have one. Go to Settings > Storage > Unmount SD card.

Third solution

If your phone is rooted, you can delete the app's APK and reinstall it. To do so, open up Root Explorer, or a similar application, and navigate to System / app > Mount R / W > Delete application. Or you can play it safe and rename the offending APK to to something like GoogleSearch.apk.backup, so you can revert it if anything goes wrong.

Google Play - Error 921

Problem

You can’t download an app.

Solution

Try deleting the cache of the Google Play Store application. If this doesn’t work, delete all the Play Store application data, but please be advised that this will consequently delete all the settings that you’ve already made. As a last resort, remove your Google account, restart the device and enter it again. 

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For some Play Store problems, you need to remove and reinstate your Google Account. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google Play - Package File Invalid

Problem

Play Store error.

First solution

Go to Settings > Apps > All and select the app that's causing the problem, then select Clear cache and Clear data. Try again in Google Play Store.

Second solution

Install app through Google Play Store website.

Third solution

Disable Wi-Fi and download or update the app using mobile network data.

Fourth solution

Go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store and select Clear cache and Clear data. Do the same for Google Services Framework.

FIfth solution

Remove your Google account, restart your device, re-add your Google account and try again.

Google Play Error - 403

Problem

The download is impossible and the request is 'forbidden'. This usually happens when two Google accounts are used to buy applications on one device.

Firs solution

Go the Google Play Store with the correct Google account. Uninstall the application in question. Try to get the app from Google Play again and click the purchase button.

Second solution

Clear the proxy you have possibly set up, by going into the Settings, then choose Wireless and Networks (or More networks) and then Mobile Network. Select APN, which stands for Access Point Name and hit Clear Proxy Option. You can always reinstate the proxy afterwards.

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Go to Settings > More networks > Mobile networks > APN, and hit the Clear proxy option. / © ANDROIDPIT

Third solution

Another solution would be to erase your entire search history which you can do in the Play Store itself by choosing the Settings button. Next, select Clear search history.

Fourth solution

Try creating a new Google account and using it instead for the Play Store. Go to the Google Play, and select the menu button again. Then select Accounts and choose the New Gmail account. Then reinstall the app.

Google Play Error - 944

Problem

This error pops up when you're trying to update apps and seems to occur when the Google Play Store is down, or there is some sort of server error.

Solution

Try updating the app later. It appears to be a temporary problem on Google's end, so will just have to wait it out.

Google Play Error - 406

Problem

Apps cannot be downloaded. This particular error can occur if you've reset the Google account you used to register on your phone, if you've restored your device to its factory settings, or if you've registered a new account on your phone.

Solution

A classic clearing of the cache will hopefully do the trick. Go to Settings > Applications > All > Googe Play Store > Clear cache.

Otherwise, try again on a different network connection.

Google Play Error - 923

Problem

The download is impossible: error while syncing your Google account or insufficient cache memory.

Solution

Remove your Google account and delete any useless applications that are taking up space. Next, reboot your device in recovery mode. Select Wipe cache partition and start your device as usual. Don’t worry, your personal data won’t be deleted. Set up your Google account once again.

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Wiping the cache partition can solve the problem caused by insufficient cache memory. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google Play - Error 492

Problem

It’s impossible to install an application because of the Dalvik cache.

Solution

Under Settings, find Apps, then swipe to All and scroll down to Google Services. Here, select Clear data and then Force stop. Do the same on the Google Play Store app.

Note: If the problem is not solved, try deleting the Dalvik cache. To do this, enter the custom recovery mode (only if you have root). Another solution is to complete a data wipe/factory reset. This option applies to all users and can be done in recovery mode. Beware, it will wipe your data so make sure you have backed up everything you wish to keep.

Google Play - Error 101

Problem

Can't download app as there are too many currently installed.

Solution

Uninstall old and unused apps.

Google Play - Error 481

Problem

There is an error with your Google Play Store account.

Solution

Remove your account and login in with an alternate account.

Google Play - Error 927

Problem

The download is impossible because an update of the Play Store is in progress.

Solution

Wait a few minutes until the Google Play Store is completely upgraded. If the problem persists, go to Settings, then Apps, swipe to All and locate the Google Services. Tap on Clear data and then Force stop. Do the same with the Google Play Store application.

You have probably guessed by now that there is a standard way to alleviate some of these errors, so if you're experiencing a different problem to those mentioned above, you could try following the same steps. Always be careful when wiping your data or doing a factory/data reset, because this will get rid of your saved pics, files, contacts, and so on, so make sure you back up all your data beforehand.

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Before resorting to a factory reset, make sure you try all other solutions first. You will also need to back up your data beforehand. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google Play - Error 961

Problem

Problems when installing Android apps from the Play Store.

Solution

First, get a refund from the Play Store, which you can do within 15 minutes of purchasing. To do this, select the repayment option in the Play Store. Next, go into the Settings of your device and choose Applications and swipe left until you see All apps. Now scroll down to Google Play and choose it. Here, select Clear cache. If the problem persists, choose Clear data as well.

Google Play - Error 911

Problem

You can't download an app.

First solution

Go to Settings, Apps, then swipe to All and scroll down to Google Services. Here, select Clear data.

Second solution

If you're on Wi-Fi connection requiring a web page login, ensure you are still logged in.

Third solution

Try another Wi-Fi network.

Fourth solution

Switch from Wi-Fi to mobile network data services. Only do this if you are comfortable using up data on your mobile plan.

Google Play - Error 920

Problem

You can't download an app.

First solution

Turn your Wi-Fi off and back on again, and then try to download or update the app in question.

Second solution

Delete your Google account, restart your device and add your account back again in the app Settings. You could also try using an alternative account.

Third solution

Go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store and select both Clear data and Clear cache and finally Uninstall updates.  Restart your device, open Google Play Store and try to download the app again.

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Turning your Wi-Fi off and using mobile data can sometimes be an effective solution. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google Play - Error -24

Problem

Unknown.

Solution

You need a root manager to solve this one. If you have one, navigate to Data/data. In that folder, locate the package name of the app causing trouble (this can be found by looking at the URL of the app on the Play Store website). Delete the entire folder. Try reinstalling the app.

Google Play - Error rpc:aec:0]

Problem

You can't download an app.

Solution

Remove your Google account. Remove all synced accounts. Go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store and select Clear data. Restart your device and try again.

Google Play - Error RPC:S-3

Problem

Can't download an app.

Solution

Remove Google account and re-add it, or try an alternate account.

Google Play - Error 924

Problem

Usually occurs when trying to download larger applications. The app downloads, but the error message is displayed, saying the installation was unsuccessful do to an error

Solution

Head to Settings > All > Google Play Store > Uninstall updates. Once you've done this, try downloading the problem app again.

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Uninstalling updates to the Play Store might solve Error 924. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google Play - Error 110

Problem

The application cannot be installed.

Solution

Head to Settings > Applications > All > Google Play Store > Clear cache. If the problem persists, try downloading the app from the Play Store website.

Google Play - Error 940

Problem

Application cannot be download

Solution

It could be as simple as restarting your device. If this doesn't work follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings > Applications > All > Google Play Store > Clear cache
  • Go to Settings > Application > All > Downloads / Download manager > Clear data
  • Do the same for 'Google Services Framework', 'Google Apps', 'Google Hangouts', 'Checking Service'. Some users report needing to clear the data on Chrome.

Google Play - Error 906, 907 and 963

Problem

Occurs predominantly on HTC One M8 and M9 devices when trying to download or update an app through the Play Store.

First solution

Head to Settings > Applications > All > Google Play Store > Clear cache. Go back to the previous screen and to the previous screen then select Downloads / Download Manager > Clear data.

Second solution

Settings > Applications > All > Google Play Store > Uninstall updates; go back to the previous screen, then Google Play Services > Clear data.

Third solution

Disable your SD memory card. Go to Settings > Storage > Unmount SD card > OK. Head back to the Play Store and try downloading or updating the app again. If it works, head back to Settings > Storage > Mount SD card.

Fourth solution

Move the app to your device's internal memory. Go to Settings > Applications > All > (app causing the problem) > Move to internal memory. Head back to the Play Store, try downloading or updating the app again, and if it works, move it back to the SD card.

Have you ever come across any other Play Store problems? Let us know in the comments below.

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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  • RJohan 1 month ago Link to comment

    Phone was dead for 3 days after removing all of google apps etc. No sign of life. While travelling to/in Denmark. Then on boarder to Sweden it started again, still frequently shutting down, but alive. Charging all nights and hopefully it will get better.

    What a strange virus. Last sign of life in Denmark after deleting all of google: .....virus something detected...: then dead!. Now alive again.....

  • RJohan 1 month ago Link to comment

    2 not noted errors regarding Google Play services etc found. Deleted cache and uninstalled and restarted sony Z3, but it still continuosly to shut down frequently. No respons for hours then continue as nothing has happend. Update to marshmallow has corrupted Z3 and Google, and everything has failed. Thx Sony and Google ! If no fix within one month I go for i.

  • If you got just "server error" in play store, simply change the language to English (United States)
    That worked for me, but i can't guarantee that it will work for other devices. If it does not work, try change another language that isn't your native language
    My previous language was danish

  • iPhone sucks! Android rocks! Eeeeeh.....

  • what about -103? The problem is when the mobile try to install the program and them just say this error....

  • I have an android tablet. I can't use google apps, because when I tap on one, it has me sign in, but when I try to, it says problem signing in. Couldn't connect with server. Try again later. Can someone please help me?

    • Sanjai Joseph
      • Mod
      1 month ago Link to comment

      Verified the date/time setting and timezone setting are automatic and they look correct
      Removed the account, then tried to re-add it .Tried to add other accounts.
      disable 2-factor auth,
      Cleared cache and data from all Google-type apps on the phone, uninstalled all updates for the apps

  • None of my Google services work. When I try to sign in, it says problem communicating with Google services. Try again later. Can someone please help?

    • Sanjai Joseph
      • Mod
      1 month ago Link to comment

      Try this;
      Removed the account, then tried to re-add it. Tried to add other accounts if possible
      2-factor auth should be disabled.
      Cleared cache and data from all Google-type apps on the phone, uninstalled all updates for the apps
      Non-rooted phone.

  • When I try to download terraria it go’s to 93% then it doesn’t open down to 52% and when it finally reached 100% it says error code 2

  • Ralph R. 2 months ago Link to comment

    ....

  • I just restart my phone until it works :)
    Had a dilly of a time after the Marshmallow update.

  • br77494 2 months ago Link to comment

    THANK YOU! Fixed it!

  • Been upallngh trying to download an app i like. Imso lucky ifound it here... ...u

  • & 489?

    • Sanjai Joseph
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      2 months ago Link to comment

      Try also clearing the cache and data for Download Manager. If it doesn't work, remove google account and add it back.

  • Harris 3 months ago Link to comment

    What do I do when you receive an Error message which says " Unfortunately, your transaction can't be completed at this time. Please try again.

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