Not all Android devices come with the pre-installed Google Play Store. If you want to get the latest version on your smartphone, follow the instructions. However, being stuck on the older version is not bad as the basic functionality never changes.
Don’t unnecessarily upgrade to the latest version of the google play store, if you have an old smartphone. Newer apps still might not work on your phone.
Step1: Check Your Current Version
First, you need to check the current version of the Google Play Store on your phone. Open the Google Play Store > Settings and scroll down to the bottom to check the Play Store version.
It’s important to prevent installing the older version by accident. Make sure the version is compatible with your phone.
Step2: Download Google Play Store via an APK
Google Play Store comes in APK format like all the other Android apps. The APKs can be downloaded from websites, tech blogs, and trusted people on forums or other places. However, for now, you can follow these simple steps to get the latest Google Play Store APK.
- Download the latest version from the given link.
- Find the Google Play store version you want. Compare your current version with the available versions and find the new one if available.
- Click to Download.
Step3:- Deal with Security Permissions
By default installing apps from “unknown sources” is disabled. It basically prevents users from installing unauthorized apps aside from the Google Play Store. Android Oreo is the best option for this problem, changing it to per-app permission rather than a system setting.
It has two different parts as follows:
Before Android Oreo
Start by entering your device setting.
- Go to “Security”.
- Here you need to find the unknown sources option and check the box. A warning will appear, read it, and hit the Ok. It will enable your device to install the APKs from unknown sources.
- Sometimes these unknown sources option is not available in the Security; try to locate them in the Privacy settings or Application settings.
After Android Oreo
- Start the installation process with the browser or through the web browser.
- A message will appear which tells you the app doesn’t have permission to install APKs. Click on the available Settings button.
- Jump to the next menu and tick the box that tells you to install APKs.
- Click on the back button and return to your installation.
Yes, it’s a little complicated. But it’s the only app that can install the third-party APKs.
Step4: Install the Google Play Store by using File Manager
Now everything is settled to install Google Play. Use any file manager to install it.
- Open the file manager and find the downloaded Google Play Store APK. This would be in your SD card in the Downloads folder if you downloaded it to your device.
- Click on the APK file; a pop-up will appear asking which app you want to use. In this case, click on the package installer.
- In the next step, read the permission changes and click to install. This will install the latest version of the Google Play Store on your device.
Step5:- Disable the Unknown Sources
The unknown enabled sources can cause big issues for you. You need to go back and disable them. You can skip this step in case you have Android Oreo or later. These settings are not available on these phones.
Go to Settings > Security > Privacy Settings > or Application setting.
Uncheck the box which you previously enabled to install from Unknown sources.
Android Oreo and Later
- Go to the device Settings and tap on the Apps option.
- Find the app you want to use to install Google Play.
- Check the permissions until you find the unknown sources section. Now, untick the box to prevent your device from installing apps from outside Google Play.
All of the above-listed steps can vary from phone to phone as stock Android is slightly different from Android Oreo to Android 11.
We hope our guide to installing the google play store has helped you. If you still have any questions, you can ask us in the comments. We will try to respond to your question as soon as possible.