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If you happen to own a device that doesn't have the Google Play Store installed, getting it working is a little harder than just downloading an APK file and pressing a button. In this guide we're trying to show you how to install the Play Store using a series of steps that may work for your phone or tablet, depending on how old (or weird!) it is. We can't guarantee these steps will work: there are just too many devices and versions of Android to include in a single guide, and too many reasons why these steps could fail for any given combination of them. But if you want to give it a try, we think this is a good place to start.
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So how do you get the Play Store on an Android device that didn't come with it? While it would be impossible to create a guide that would cover every situation and device, this tutorial can help you get the Play Store running on non-certified hardware. Some devices require more complex workarounds, e.gHuawei's flagship phones, SoWe cannot guarantee these steps will work for everyone.
Are you trying to install the Google Play Store on an Amazon Fire tablet? Please usethis particular guide, as it contains more specific instructions for Amazon's tablets.
Of course, there are some caveats to this process. Devices that don't have the Play Store pre-installed don't pass Google's SafetyNet tests, which means some applications won't work properly (like Google Pay) orcannot be installed at all. Depending on which version of Android you're using, you might encounter other weird issues, but there's no way to know for sure what's working until you try.
As mentioned, this guide is not a complete tutorial for every type of Android device out there.It is very likely that you have reached the end of this guide and the Play Store is still not working.If you want to save yourself some time and (possible) frustration, there are a few alternatives you can try first.
The best alternative to the Google Play Store, which generally works on all devices, is the Amazon Appstore. It has most of the same big games as the Play Store, plus a decent collection of third-party apps, all without the need for Google services. However, there are no Google apps like Chrome or Gmail in the store. You can download the Amazon Appstore fromHere.
Another alternative app store is F-Droid. It's made entirely of open-source games and applications, so the choice is yoursextremelylimited, but chances are it may contain something you are looking for. You can browse F-Droid's library and download from the App Storeofficial site.
If you only need a handful of apps and automatic updates aren't particularly important, you can always give it a tryDownload the required applications from APKMirror. It's a repository of Android applications mirrored from the Play Store - the apps are safe and not modified in any way.
If you absolutely need the Play Store, you can try your luck with the guide below.
The first step in this process is to allow the installation of apps from unknown sources if the option is present on your device. This will allow you to open and install applications from downloaded APK files, which will allow us to get the Play Store working.
Open the Settings app on your device and if there is a search function, type "unknown" and look for an option for "unknown apps", "unknown sources" or something along those lines (some manufacturers change the Option). called). If your Settings app doesn't have a search function, the option should be in either the "Privacy" or "Apps & notifications" sections, depending on your Android version.
Enabling Apps from Unknown Sources on Android 10
Older versions of Android have a simple toggle to enable Unknown Sources - make sure it's toggled on if you see this. If you see toggles for each individual app, like in the screenshots above, don't worry about activating any of them now.
The exact files you need to install the Play Store on your device depend on your Android operating system version and your device's hardware platform. While the operating system version is usually found in the Settings app, it may list information about your device's specific software instead of the general operating system - for example, Fire tablets only show the Fire OS version, not the core Android version. Therefore, you should use a third-party tool to find both pieces of information.
The quickest method is to use WhatDevice, a web application that gives you information about your hardware and software. Go towhatdevice.appon your Android device and note the Android version and CPU architecture. The architecture should contain something like "armv8", "armv71", "x86_64" and so on.
Check device information with WhatDevice
If WhatDevice doesn't show the required information (some browsers hide the required data), an app called "Device Info HW" will do the job. It isavailable in the Play Store, but since you don't have that yet, you need to get it from APKMirror. Go to the app's APKMirror pageHereOn your device, click the latest version available, then click the big "Download APK" button. Once downloaded, open it to install the APK file.
After Device Info HW is installed, open it. Make a note of the Android version on the General tab, then go to the SoC tab and check what's listed next to "ABI". It should be an architecture like "arm64-v8a", "x86", "armeabi-v7a", etc.
Check the device information with Hardware Info HW
Regardless of which method you used, you should now have two pieces of information: your Android version and your CPU architecture.Now we can proceed to the actual installation of the Play Store.
The next step is to download the correct APK files for the Play Store. Technically, you need to install four different applications – Google Account Manager, Google Services Framework, Google Play Services and finally the Google Play Store. The first three apps handle basic account services and APIs, while the last app is the store itself.
If you're not already reading this on your Android device, please make sure you follow these steps on the device you want to add the Play Store to.
The first step is to getGoogle-Kontomanager. If you have Android 7.1.2 or later version, go to the for pageGoogle Account Manager 7.1.2and tap on the main button "Download APK". If you have something older than Android 7.1.2, check the list of app versionsHereand select the one with the version closest to your android version. For example, if you have Android 6.0.1, download Google Account Manager 6.0.1. After the APK file has downloaded, don't open it - we'll do that later.
Next is theGoogle Services Framework. This is mostly the same process as the first app, just go tothis pageand select the version that most closely matches your Android OS version. For example, if you have Android 8.1, you would select Google Services Framework 8.1.0. After the APK file has downloaded, don't open it - we'll do that later.
Now it's time to downloadGoogle Play Services, which provides most of the behind-the-scenes functionality for the Play Store. This is where it gets a bit tricky as there are different versions depending on your Android OS version and your hardware architecture. Go tothe APKMirror pagefor Google Play Services and select the latest version that is not marked as beta.
While the APKs for the last two applications tend to only have one variant for each version, there are Google Play Services variants specific to every conceivable hardware configuration. Here you need to find the combination that suits both your Android OS version and your hardware architecture - the information you found earlier.
For example, my Google Pixel runs Android 10 and uses the arm64-v8a architecture, so I would select the APK for "Android 10+" and "arm64-v8a + armeabi-v7a". The plus symbol means it works on both listed architectures. Once you find the variant for your device, select it and download the APK. Again, don't open it after you're done downloading it because we'll do that later.
The last app you need to download is theGoogle Play Storeitself. Luckily, Google distributes the Play Store as a single variant that works on all architectures and Android versions, so just go tothis pageand download the latest version that is not marked as "beta". After the APK file has downloaded, don't open it - we'll do that later.
Now comes the final step: installing the Play Store. Locate and open the Downloads/Files app on your device. If you don't have a file manager,Download the latest version of Files by Google from APKMirrorand install it. You should see all four APK files - if not, go back and find out which ones you missed.
The four APKs ready to install
Open the apps in the following order, and when the installation is complete,Press Done, not Open.Installing the apps out of order will result in the Play Store not working. If you have an SD card, be sure to remove it during these installations.
Once you have installed all four apps, restart your device. If any of the applications didn't install, it means you probably downloaded the wrong APK variant - go back and make sure you matched the CPU architecture and Android version correctly. If your device has the arm64 v8 architecture, try downloading the armv7a variant. Some low-end devices (like Amazon Fire tablets) have arm64 processors but run Android in 32-bit armv7 mode.
If you can open the Play Store and log in, pat yourself on the back, you did it! Now you can download all the apps and games you want.
If the Google Play Store isn't working or you're getting Play Services crashing warnings, it probably means that it's not possible to get the Play Store working without more complicated steps like rooting or installing a custom ROM on your device. If you can't get it to work, go to the All Applications section of your Settings app and uninstall all four APKs to prevent further crashing pop-ups (and potential battery drain issues from constant Play Services restarts).
I know it's no fun spending time trying to get something to work and not getting the results you want, but the truth is that the Play Store only sometimes works on devices that aren't rooted/modded in some way. I recommend looking at thoseAlternatives sectionat the beginning of this guide for some other options that might work for you. If you own an Amazon tablet, you should also check out oursInstructions on how to install the Google Play Store on your Amazon FireDevice.
How do I download Google Play Store to all devices? ›
Install the Google Play Store – Open the APKMirror Installer and select the Browse Files option. Find the APK you downloaded and tap it. Tap the “Install package” option and then select to watch an ad and install. Deal with permissions – Finally, Android will open up the Install Unknown Apps prompt.How to install Google Play Store on any Chinese Android phone? ›
Visit the site APKMIRROR.com and enter "Play Store" in the search field at the top. You will usually find several versions there. Important, do not take the Android TV version. Now click on the Download button -> then on "See Available Downloads" and select the version that has UNIVERSAL and a gray icon in the APK.Why doesn't my Android have Google Play? ›
Google Play Store is a native (pre-installed) application. This can not be un-installed. If it goes missing on your apps page, check if it disabled or hidden. You can do this by Opening Settings > Apps > Google Play Store.Why is Google Play Not on my device? ›
You may have hidden the app and need to re-enable the app. Turn off your device and turn it on again.How do I install Google Play apps on another device? ›
Install Apps Remotely Using the Play Store Website
Click on the app's name in the search results. Now click on the Install button, and then choose the device on which you want the app to get installed.
- Go to the Settings in your app menu.
- Find and select the Apps & notifications menu.
- Tap Advanced.
- Select Special app access.
- Tap Install unknown apps.
- Choose the internet browser that you will use for the third-party stores.
- Turn on Allow from this source.
- On your Android phone or tablet, open the Settings app .
- Tap Apps & notifications. See all apps.
- Scroll down and tap Google Play Services.
- Scroll down and tap App Details.
- Tap Update or Install. If you don't see these options, follow the steps in Step 2 and Step 3.
- Open Settings and go to Apps.
- Tap See all apps. 2 Images. ...
- In the upper-right corner, tap the Search icon beside the three-dot icon.
- Type Play and tap Google Play Services. 2 Images. ...
- Scroll down and tap App details, which takes you to the official listing.
- Tap the Update button.
- First you need to install a VPN application. ...
- Note that the Google Play Store apps is available in the country you are connected to. ...
- With the VPN turned on, go to Google Play Store and search for the application.
Google Play uses Android App Bundles to generate and deliver APKs that are optimized for each device configuration, providing users with more efficient apps. This means you only need to build, sign, and upload a single app bundle to support optimized APKs for a wide variety of device configurations.
How do I reinstall the Play Store app? ›
- On your Android phone or tablet, open Google Play Store .
- At the right, tap the profile icon.
- Tap Manage apps and device. Manage.
- Select the apps that you want to install or turn on. If you can't find the app, at the top, tap Installed. Not installed.
- Tap Install or Enable.
Google Play can only be installed legally by the manufacturer (although it can be installed illegally by anyone, last I checked). There are lots of Android devices that don't come with Google Play installed, but the popular, more expensive devices that a lot of people use, should have it installed.How do I get Google Play Store back on my Android? ›
- Step 1: Go to Settings.
- Step 2: Tap on 'Apps'.
- Step 3: Scroll down and select Google Play Store.
- Step 4: Tap on 'Enable' at the bottom menu.
It is usually located on the bottom right of the home screen. The Play Store comes pre-installed and cannot be deleted from your device. If you still can't find the Play Store you may have disabled it or hidden the app on your device.Why this app is not available for any of your devices? ›
You'll see a message stating "this app is not available for your device" or "this app is not available for any of your devices" in this case. This can appear if, for example, the app was designed for tablets and you only have an Android phone. Keep in mind that the above Play Store screenshot shows the web version.How do you get Google Play to recognize a device? ›
- On your computer, go to Google Play.
- At the top right, click your profile picture.
- If you're not signed in to the right account, click Sign out, then sign in again with the right account.
- On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Play Store app .
Visit the APKMirror website and search for an app you want to install on your Android device. You can browse apps by APK, app, and developer names. When you sort by app or developer rather than APK, choose the version of the app you want. If this doesn't matter to you, the latest non-beta version also works.How to install APK on Android? ›
- Open your Android device's file explorer app. ...
- Locate your APK file in your file explorer app and select it.
- The APK installer menu will appear—tap Install. ...
- Allow time for the app to install.
- Tap Done or Open once the installation is complete.
3. Installing Google Store APK using the file manager
- Head to the file manager app and open the downloads folder.
- Find the Play Store APK file.
- Tap to launch the installation process. Accept permissions (if any) and then click install.
The most popular Android Store alternatives are not limited to:
- Amazon Appstore.
Can playstore work without Google Play Services? ›
Play Services forms the core for the Google Playstore App. hence it can't function without it.How do I unblock Google Play Services? ›
- Choose a reputable VPN – subscribe, download, and install it.
- Log in to the VPN app and connect to, for instance, a US server.
- Open your Android Settings > go to apps.
- Find Google Play Store and tap it.
- Tap on Force stop, under storage, hit Clear cache, and also clear data.
- Select your VPN. We recommend NordVPN with a 63% DISCOUNT.
- Clear your data on the Google Play Store.
- Connect to a VPN server in the region you want to access.
- Change your Play Store location to match that region.
- Download the apps you want to access.
- Launch your browser and go to an Android app downloads site.
- Download and save the app's APK file. Then, tap this file to install the app on your device without using the official Play Store.
APK stands for Android Package (sometimes Android Package Kit or Android Application Package). It's the file format that Android uses to distribute and install apps. As a result, an APK contains all the elements that an app needs to install correctly on your device.How do I enable Google Play Services APK? ›
To reactivate Google Play Services, all you have to do is go to the Settings panel in the Apps section. There, tap the Google Play Services icon, then tap the "Activate" button. After that, Google Play Services will be activated.Why can't I install a Play Store app? ›
The ''Can't Install App from google play store'' issue may sometimes pop-up on your screen if you recently installed an app that changed the app settings linked to the Google Play Store. You can resolve the problem in this case by deleting your current Google Account from your phone and adding it again.Which Android phones don't have Google Play? ›
We may earn a commission from links on this page. Huawei phones, Amazon tablets, and Google Pixel phones all run Android, but one of those groups of devices doesn't have access to the Google Play Store—and another could lose it very soon.Is Google Play only for Samsung? ›
The Google Play Store and the Samsung Galaxy Store are both app stores meant for Android devices. Being owned by Google, the Play Store comes preloaded on most Android phones except for those from the likes of Huawei. The Galaxy Store is available exclusively on Samsung phones and tablets.Why has Google Play Store disappeared? ›
Google Play Store can be disabled but cannot be uninstalled. When it is disabled, the Google Play Store icon disappears and you won't be able to access it from your Android phone.
How do I install Play Store on my Samsung? ›
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android phone or tablet. Step 2: Tap Apps, then tap Google Play Store. Step 3: Tap the Enable button to make Google Play Store appear on the Home screen and app drawer.How do I get Google Play on multiple devices? ›
- Open the Google Home app .
- Tap Media . You'll find a controller for the content that's playing. The controller will show any compatible devices that are linked to your account or on your Wi-Fi network.
- Tap the device you want to add. Audio will begin to play in sync on any devices selected.
Manually sync your account
- Open your phone's Settings app.
- Tap About phone Google Account. Account sync. If you have more than one account on your phone, tap the one you want to sync.
- Tap More. Sync now.
- If you have a cable to connect your devices, follow the on-screen instructions to copy your data.
- If you don't have a cable: Tap No cable? Ok. Tap A backup from an Android phone. To copy your data, follow the on-screen instructions.
Yes You Can use multiple accounts in different Android Phones. It will also sync all your data in both devices. Both versions let you choose your sync settings on both devices, so you can still be logged in as the same Google account holder on both devices. How does a Google account appear on someone else's phone?Is Google Play only for Android devices? ›
In addition to Android and Chrome OS devices, Google Play Games for Windows entered beta testing in March 2022, allowing accepted users to install their favorite Android games on their Windows 10 and 11 PCs.How many devices can use Google Play? ›
Introducing Google Play Pass
There's something for everyone. Family managers can share access to Google Play Pass with up to 5 other family members so everyone can enjoy on their own devices.
With your subscription, you can discover new titles added monthly, share access with up to 5 other family members, and explore a great selection of teacher approved kid-friendly content. You can enjoy Play Pass on mobile and tablet Android devices.How do I get Google to recognize my device? ›
- Sign in on your computer: Go to Google. In the top right, select Sign in.
- Sign in on your phone or tablet: Open the Google Maps app. . Then, tap your profile picture or initial. Sign in to your account.
Your child's Google Play credits (not including promotional Play balance) will be transferred to their family manager's account. If any issues occur, you can fill out the form below to request a transfer of any Google Play credits. The family manager must have an open payments profile in order to complete the transfer.
What app transfers Android to Android? ›
MobileTrans App is one of the best apps to transfer data from Android to Android without a PC. You can try to use MobileTrans App to transfer up to 8 types of phone data between devices, including contacts, messages, photos, music, videos, documents, apps, and more data.Can I download the same app on different devices? ›
If you just purchased a second Android device, you can have the same apps on both devices. For example, you can put the same apps on your Android tablet as you have on your Android phone.How do I locate the two different Android devices with the same Google account? ›
- Open android.com/find.
- Sign in to your Google Account. If this device has more than one user profile, sign in with a Google Account that's on the main profile. Learn more about user profiles.
- If you have more than one device, at the top of the screen, select your device.