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Google Play Store: The Complete Guide to Installing It


The Google Play Store is the primary source of apps for many Android users. In some cases you may want to install the store. Maybe you installed a custom ROM and the app is missing. Or you rooted your smartphone and accidentally uninstalled the Play Store while removing bloatware.

This guide will show you how to download and install the app. Read below to find out.


Choosing the right version

There are several versions of the app currently available. You may observe that the numbers are a little bit odd at first. This happens because Google only releases certain builds of the app in order to keep everything smooth.

Downloading the app

The APK can be easily found on the internet. It is advised to download it from a secure and trusted website in order to avoid any possible problems.

Installing the APK

This method will seem quite familiar to those that have previously installed apps from external sources. Follow all the steps and the process should go smooth.

  1. On your device go to the Settings menu and find the Security option. Tap on it.
  2. Look for an option called either Unknown Sources or Install from unknown sources.
  3. Tap on it and enable the option.
  4. Go to the location where the APK was downloaded. Usually, it is the Downloads folder.
  5. Tap on the APK file.
  6. Read and accept the permissions and tap on the install button.

The app is now installed on the device and ready to use.

If you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi or mobile data connection but wish to install the app you can follow the previous steps. The only different thing is that you will have to download the APK file on your computer and then copy it on the device by using a USB cable.

Extra tip:

If the Google Play Store is acting app there is a simple fix that should remove the woes.

Go to Settings/Apps, find the Google Play Store and Google Play services app. Tap on each of them and tap on the Clear Cache option. You are now good to go.

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