Google Play Store is a software developed by Google for Android devices like smart phones and tablets. In most cases, when you buy a new Android device you would have Play Store installed as a default app. However, there are many Android phone and tablet brands that do not offer Google Services. In that case, you would need to download and install it. Follow the steps to install Play Store on an Android device:
Installing Play Store on an Android device
- First, you need to check the Android version of your device. This is important because you need to download Play Store version that matches your phone’s Android version. To get this done, you need to open the Settings of your phone.
- Under Settings, scroll down to the option “About”. In this section, you will find an option called “Android Version” along with a series of digits. This is your current version of the Android OS.
- You can search online to learn which version of Play Store is best suited for the Android version installed on your device. Latest versions of Play Store may not work on older versions of the Android OS. If you try to install incompatible versions, you may encounter recurrent crashing or other functional issues.
- Download the APK file of a suitable Play Store version from a verified online source. There are many sites that are maintained by Android experts. They provide APK files for most of the Android apps. Download the file and save it in one of your folders.
- Now you have to enter the Settings of your Phone or tablet and disable the option of “Unknown Sources”. This would allow you to install your APK file onto your Android Device.
- Locate the saved APK file using ES File Explorer and open it. Choose the option “Package Installer” and start with the process of installation.
- Once the app is fully installed, you will get a notification. Locate the icon of the app from the main menu of your device. Open it to check if your Play Store is working.
- If you have not registered your email ID while installing the phone set up, you would be asked to log in when you try to open the Play Store for the first time.
- You have to complete the Sign up process using a Gmail Account to enjoy the multiple features of the Play Store.
How to fix Play Store issues?
Play Store is a major source of downloading new apps and entertainment products for your Android phone. However, sometimes the app may not respond as expected. Listed below are a few steps that can fix some of the common Play Store problems:
- If your Play Store hangs frequently or simply keeps on closing, make sure that it is not related to Google server. Before you jump to conclusions and take adverse steps, you need to check online to confirm if other users are also facing the same problem. If it is a temporary glitch or a server issue, it would resolve automatically after some time. There are forums and social networking sites that often share such problems.
- If the problem is not related to Google servers, then probably it has something to do with your device. In that case you need to proceed carefully depending on the nature of the issue you are facing.
- If your Play Store has frozen and is not responding at all, you can attempt to force close it.
- Go to the Settings on your phone and find the option “Apps”. Open Apps and search for Play Store under the section “All”.
- Open Play Store and you will be able to see different options. Select the option “Force Stop”. You will get a notification window. Tap on “Ok” to proceed. Now restart Play Store and check.
- If it is still not working, it is time to restart your phone. Rebooting your phone can fix minor app-related issues. So recheck your Play Store after a reboot.
- Next step is to clean your Play Store cache. Open the Settings of your Phone and select “Apps”.
- Open Apps section and locate Play Store. Tap over it and you will get a window that displays multiple options. You will be having a “Clear cache” button. Select it to clear all the cached data. This can resolve several temporary issues.
- If the problem still persists, you can uninstall the updates of your Play Store by opening Settings>Apps>Google Play Store. This would convert your Play Store to a basic version so you would need to upgrade later on.
How to get Play Store on your PC?
Play Store is a great medium for downloading hundreds of free applications, books, and music. If you are wondering about getting the Play Store on your desktop, follow the steps mentioned below.
- For getting Play store on your Windows PC, you need to install BlueStacks software. Go to the official website of BlueStacks.com and download the setup onto your computer.
- Locate the downloaded setup in your PC and click on it. This would begin the installation process. Follow the instructions displayed until you finish the installation.
- When you get the Welcome window you will be asked to log in using your Google Account. You can use any of your existing Gmail accounts to sign up.
- After signing up, you get options to enter Payment details for in-app purchases. You can proceed to the application, by skipping the steps.
- On the home screen of the BlueStacks application you will be able to see 3 tabs. The main tab would be “App Center” that displays a collection of top games.
- To the top left corner, you have a tab called “My Apps”. Click on it and you will get a new window.
- On the bottom right corner, you will be able to see a few icons. You can find “Google Play” in this group of icons. Click on it to open Google Play.
- This will take you to the home screen of Google Play which is similar to the Play Store. Here you can find all the features of the Play Store.
- You will have a search bar that can be used for finding apps. The downloading process is same as Play Store.