The Google Play Store boasts its status as the world’s biggest repository of applications and games spanning across several categories. Google releases periodic Play Store updates to keep its performance stable on different Android phone models. Promptly pushing important and necessary updates ensures security against online threats. However, there is one nagging issue related to the updates of Google Play Store: it is not released for all Android smartphones at the same time. This is due to millions of different Android powered phones currently operating around the globe that range from low-end all the way up to flagships. Every Android mobile carries its own manufacturer priorities and requirements. This can causing delays in the release of Play Store update for your device. Although the main functionalities remain the same, therefore having an older version doesn’t necessarily spell doom; but we do understand that many users like to use the latest version.
So if you are looking to update Google Play Store on your Android device, here’s how you can get the new version by manually flashing the APK installer file. Follow the steps to download and install latest Google Play Store using APK method.
Step 1 – Check Current Version of Google Play Store Installed on Your Device
The first step involves checking which version you have on your phone or tablet to make sure you’re about to download Google Play Store latest version.
Here is how to do it:
- Open Google Play Store app.
- Go to settings.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the menu where you’ll see build number. That’s your current Google Play Store version.
At the time of this writing, the latest version is Play Store 9.8.07. Before attempting to update make sure that your device is rocking an Android firmware that is compatible with the latest Play Store version. This shouldn’t be an issue on the majority of Android devices except perhaps for those few users who are still using the ancient Android Gingerbread – in that case, it’s time to either update mobile firmware or get a new phone.
Step 2 – Google Play Store Download via APK
This is an easy step. Like any other Android application, the Google Play Store comes in APK file format. To clarity further, APK for Android is the equivalent of .exe file format on Windows.
- Always download Google Play Store APKs from reliable sources (such as reputable Android blogs, trusted people and tech blogs). Downloading dubious APK files from untrustworthy sources is never a smart move. Look for an APK that is officially signed by Google, which is easily available on most reputable websites.
- You can choose to download the installation file directly onto mobile or on your computer. Transfer the APK to your phone and save it in a location you can easily remember if you have downloaded it on your computer.
At the time of this writing, you can download Google Play Store latest version right here.
Step 3 – Enable Unknown Sources
The Unknown Sources has been an integral part of Android since its early days. This is a kind of security feature which when enabled prevents the installation of applications from sources other than the Google Play Store. Main rationale behind this setting is to ensure that your device doesn’t install apps and games from unreliable websites that could compromise your personal data as well as device’s performance due to security threats. This security measure is enabled by default and you’ll have to enable Unknown Sources in order to turn it off. Once done, you can install apps via APK.
- Go to your device’s settings.
- Head over to ‘Security’ menu.
- Locate the Unknown Sources and enable the option by checking the box next to it. You’ll see a warning popup: read it, and tap OK to enable your device to install APKs from Unknown Sources outside the Play Store.
In some Android versions, the Unknown Sources may not by in the Security settings, so try to find it in the Application (Apps) settings or the Privacy settings.
Step 4 – Install the Google Play Store using a File Manager
Now that you have downloaded APK for the Google Play Store, it’s time to install it. We suggest using ES File Explorer file browser (file manager) tool to install APK.
- Launch your file manager and go to the location on your device where you downloaded the Play Store APK. If you downloaded it directly onto your phone, navigate to the Download folder > SD Card.
- Find the APK file and tap on it. You may see a pop up box depending on the apps installed on your device asking which app you want to use. If so, tap “Package Installer”.
- Next, you may or may not see permission changes message box (which is rare) and tap install. Wait for the installation to complete. Once done, the latest version of Google Play Store will be ready for use on your device.
Congrats! You can now enjoy the latest Play Store experience.
Step 5 – Disable Unknown Sources (Optional)
Like mentioned earlier, the Unknown Sources option is a security measure that must be kept off at all time. Leaving it enabled could expose your Android device to malicious threats that can cause severe performance issues down the line. So return to the settings and switch it off.
- Open Settings.
- Go to Security > Privacy (or Application settings, wherever it is situated in your device).
- Uncheck the box to disable Unknown Sources. This will prevent apps from outside the Play Store to install on your device. You can always re-enable this setting when needed again.
That’s all, guys!
You have learnt how to download and install Google Play Store latest version. This method works on almost all Android devices. For help and questions, get in touch via comments below.