Google frequently updates the Play Store to fix bugs and add new features. Recently he released a new update that removes the hamburger menu. However, not everyone has received it yet. This is quite common with the Play Store as it cannot be updated like other apps in the store. Anyway, it is quite possible to force the update of the Google Play Store app on Android. Below we have mentioned some quick and easy ways to manually update the Google Play Store to the latest version.
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Manually update Google Play Store to the latest version
You might want to update the Play Store to the latest version for various reasons – maybe your current version is buggy, or maybe you want the new UI. Whatever the reason, you can always update the Play Store app manually on your Android phone.
Below we have mentioned three handy methods including updating the Play Store from within the app, forcing it to update automatically, and loading the updated APK.
1. Update from Play Store settings
Play Store does not allow you to update like other apps. However, it has an option to check for hidden updates in the Play Store settings.
- Launch Google Play Store on your Android phone.
- Open the menu and select Settings.
- In the settings, click About.
- Then click on the Play Store version.
- Users of the old UI can directly open the settings and search for the version from the Play Store.
If an update is available, the Play Store will start updating automatically. However, if there is none, you will see a pop-up message saying: “Google Play Store is up to date.”
2. Clear Play Store data
Google Play Store normally updates itself. However, if it doesn’t update automatically despite connecting to a strong WiFi network, you can try wiping its data to force it to check for an update.
- Open Settings on your phone.
- To go to the All applications section.
- Here, search for Google Play Store. Tap on it.
- Click on Storage and clear the storage or data.
- Hit Okay to confirm.
- Now restart your phone and wait for the Play Store to update automatically.
3. Install the update APK from the Play Store
If nothing works, you can manually download and install the latest update APK from Google Play Store on your phone. Follow the step by step guide below.
Step 1 – Download the Play Store APK file
- Open the browser on your phone.
- Go to the APKMirror site.
- Scroll down and download the latest version from the Play Store.
- Make sure you download the one compatible with your phone.
Step 2 – Allow permission to install apps from unknown source
If you have never downloaded an APK file to your phone before, you will see a pop-up asking you to turn on Unknown Sources. Do not worry; this is a safety precaution that Android follows by default. Allow permission to install apps for your browser. You can then proceed with the installation.
Step 3 – Install the APK to update the Google Play Store
Tap the downloaded APK file. Then click on Install and wait for the installation to finish. On some phones, the browser may say “Unable to open file”. In this case, open File Manager, go to Downloads folder, and then install APK. The Play Store will now be updated successfully on your phone.
Troubleshoot issues with Google Play Store
If you are having issues in the Play Store, such as blocked downloads, apps not updating, or Play Store freezing, we recommend that you clear the data and the corresponding cache in your phone’s settings. You can also try downloading other versions.
If you have pending downloads, follow our guide on how to resolve pending download issues in the Google Play Store. While Android 10 users can click here if the apps are not updated.
These are a few quick ways to update the Google Play Store to the latest version on Android. Hope you can now manually install the latest update from Play Store on your device. However, if you are still having issues, please feel free to contact us via the comments below. Stay tuned for more tips, tricks and procedures.
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