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Here’s how to download and install Google Play Store on your Android smartphone

Google Play Store is an app store for all Android smartphones. It lets you download and install Android apps in Google play officially and securely. However, it comes pre-installed on Android devices but sometimes it’s necessary to install the Google Play Store manually.

This could be in the condition when you have accidentally uninstalled it or you want to revert back to a previous version, or if your Google PlayStore is not working and you need a fresh install.

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In this article, we will see how to download and install the new version of the Google Play Store. 

1. Check the current version of your PlayStore

The first thing is that you should check your running version of the Google Play Store. Make sure that you are installing the latest version of the Play Store.

Steps:

  • Open the settings of the Google Play Store app.
  • Go to the bottom and tap on “Play Store version”.

2. Download Google PlayStore from the web

It is the major step for getting the Play Store’s APK file. You can download the APK file of Google Play Store from many websites, tech blogs, and trusted forums. We suggest you use APKMirror.

Steps:

  • Tap here to get redirected on the APKMirror page.
  • Make sure that which version you want. Just remember your current version installed on your phone and find the version you want. If you want a new version, see it if available.
  • Follow the instructions of the website and download the app according to the compatibility of your phone.

3. Allow the permissions

Up to Android 7 and below Android 8

  • Open your device settings then find and open the “Security/Privacy/Application settings” option.
  • Find or search Unknown Sources and tap on it.= then a warning will be displayed on your screen read them and hit “OK”.
  • You are now allowed unknown sources to install apps on your phone.

Android 8+

  • Start downloading the APK file, after downloading the file open it.
  • The OS will show a pop-up on your screen that the app doesn’t have permission to install the app from this source.
  • Click on the available setting option and a new page will be opened.
  • Tick the box to allow installation permission for this source then go back to the installation page.

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4. Install Google PlayStore using File Manager

  • We have done all the necessary settings for installing apps without Google Play Store.
  • Open your file manager and go for where you downloaded the APK file.
  • After finding the downloaded APK tap on it, then a new pop-up window will appear and you have to select “Package Installer” to install the APK file.
  • Click “Install” and wait for the installation process after completion your APK file will be installed on your phone.

5. Disable unknown sources

This is the most important step to protect your data and manage privacy. If you leave the Unknown Sources box checked, it will harm your privacy. So turn it off. If you have Android Oreo or later then you can skip this step.

Up to Android 7 and below Android 8

  • Open your device settings then find and open the “Security/Privacy/Application settings” option.
  • Find or search Unknown Sources and open it, Uncheck the box.
  • You are now allowed unknown sources to install apps on your phone.
  • This will prevent everything (except the Play Store) from installing apps.
  • You can always re-check the box later if you need to do this again.

Android 8+

  • Open device settings and go for the Apps option.
  • Find the app you have used to install the Play Store (Browser/File Manager) then click on it.
  • On the next page, uncheck the permission which allows the app to install an app outside of the Play Store.

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