Android is the most used and the most popular OS in the world without a doubt and other the extent to which it can be Customized, Android is also famous for the large number of apps that are available for you to download on it. The number of apps and other stuff like movies, eBooks, games an much more that Google Play Store offers for you to download is is just great. Every Android user depends on the Google Play Store for their dose of apps, games and movies. Wouldn’t it be a nightmare if there was no Play Store on your Android smartphone?
Well, don’t worry as we are here to help you. For times when you accidentally delete the play Store from your Android smartphone or it didnt come pre-installed on your new smartphone or a new update for the Google Play Store has been rolled out but you cant wait for it and want to download it manually, we ave here a guide that helps you install the Google Play Store manually for any one of the reasons above.
1. Check The Existing Version Of The Google Play Store
If you’re insisting on manually downloading the Google Play Store just because you cant wait for the latest update, we suggest you first check out the version currently running on your device as it is very much possible that the update has already been rolled out and your system has already updated it. To check the existing version:
- Open the Google Play Store
- Go to settings by clicking on the top left corner of the screen
- Scroll to the bottom and you’ll find the build number there
My device currently runs the build number 5.0.31 which is the latest version.
2. Downloading The APK File
If the first step revealed older version of the Google Play Store and you manually want to download the latest version or just install it, you’ll have to download the APK file for the Play Store as with any other Android app. Make sure you download the APK file from a trustworthy source. If you’re downloading it from unknown websites, make sure these websites or blogs are well-known and have a good reputation. These websites offer the unaltered and the signed by Google version of the Play Store. Some people upload the APK file which has been altered. Avoid such websites at all costs and trust only big names which have lots of followers.
You can download the APK file for the latest version of the Play Store here.
3. Enable Unknown Sources
The Unknown Sources feature in your Android smartphone disables you from installing any apps downloaded from anywhere else than the Google Play Store. This feature is for the safety of your device but don’t worry, you can disable this function and will have to in order to install the APK file. To enable unknown sources:
- Go to settings
- Go to security
- Here you will find the unknown sources option with a checkbox in front of it. Check the box and a pop-up window will appear with a text on it. Read the text and hit okay.
If you dont find the unknown sources option under security, check the Apps and the privacy option too.
4. Installing the APK File
Go to the location where the APK file has been downloaded and click on the file. Some pop-up box may appear asking you to choose the app you want to use to install the APK file. Click on package installer. The Google Play Store will then be installed on your device.
3. Disabling Unknown Source
After he Google Play Store has been successfully installed, you might want to back to Settings > Security or Apps or Privacy and uncheck the unknown source. We suggest you do this so that no malicious apps can install automatically on your phone, harming your device.
So, this was the guide to manually install the Google Play Store on your device. Let us know if the guide proved to be of any help in the comments below and stay tuned for more updates.