How to install Google Play Store app manually

by: Joe HindySeptember 16, 2014
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The Google Play Store gets updated on a fairly frequent basis which is great news. The not so great news is that it can take weeks (for some people even longer) to get the latest iteration. The basic functionality never changes so being stuck on an older version isn’t all that bad. However, we understand the urge to want the latest and greatest Google Play Store on your device. Here is how to install Google Play Store on your device.

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Step 1: Check your current version

The first thing you’ll want to do is see which version you have so you know if the version your getting is really the next version. This can be done as follows:

  • Open your Google Play Store app.
  • Open the settings.
  • At the bottom you’ll see build number. That is the version.

At the time of this writing. The latest version is 4.9.13.

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Step 2: Obtain a Google Play Store APK

It’s a pretty self-explanatory step. The Google Play Store comes in APK format like any other Android app. Here are some tips for this step:

  • Only download APKs from trusted sources (the big Android blogs, tech blogs, trusted people on social media, etc). If you download from untrustworthy sources then they may have tampered with the APK which is bad news. You’ll want an APK that is signed by Google and most trusted websites will only upload a copy that hasn’t been tampered with.
  • You can download it on your device or your computer. Make sure you transfer the APK to your device to somewhere you’ll remember if you downloaded it on your computer.

At the time of this writing, you can get the latest Google Play Store (4.9.13) right here.

how to install google play store

Step 3: Enable Unknown Sources in the settings

The Unknown Sources setting has been a part of Android for ages. When disabled, it prevents users (and other apps) from installing applications from anywhere aside from the Google Play Store. It’s a security measure that is in place by default and you’ll have to enable the setting in order to install an APK.

  • Enter your device settings.
  • Go to “Security”.
  • Find the Unknown Sources option and check the box. A warning will pop up which you should totally read. Once done, hit “OK” and this will enable you to install APKs from Unknown Sources.

If Unknown Sources isn’t in the Security settings, try finding it in the Privacy settings or Application (Apps) settings.

how to install google play store

Step 4: Use a file manager and install the Google Play Store

Now that we’re all set to go it’s time to install this thing. Use your favorite file browser. For those who may not have one, we recommend ES File Explorer.

  • Open your file browser and navigate to wherever you put the Google Play Store APK. If you downloaded it on your device then it will be on your SD card in the Downloads folder.
  • Once you find the APK, click on it. There may be a box that pops up depending on the apps you have installed on your device asking which app you want to use. If this is the case, click “Package Installer”.
  • On the next screen, read over any permission changes (there usually aren’t any) and then click install. When it’s finished, the latest Google Play Store will be installed on your device.

Hey you did it! Wait, there is still one more step!

how to install google play store

Step 5: Disable Unknown Sources

Leaving the Unknown Sources box checked is a major security hole that can cause problems down the road. The best way to keep yourself safe is to go back and turn that off!

  • Go back into your device settings.
  • Go back into the Security settings, Privacy settings, or Application settings (wherever you found it last time).
  • Uncheck the box. This will prevent everything from installing apps. You can always re-check the box later if you need to do this again.

That’s all she wrote, folks!

Wrap up

Now that you have the latest Google Play Store you can enjoy the latest changes and features. This method will work on almost any Android device but there may be slight variances depending on your Android version and OEM. Do keep in mind that this will not work on Amazon Kindle Fire devices. That’s an entirely different process which may also require you to root your device. If you have any extra issues, head to our forum Q&A section and we may be able to help you there.

  • Veera Kumar

    I want play store how two reinstal

  • Amrut

    Even when the Unknown sources check box is selected and my device is rooted I cannot install this pack.

  • http://web.lliseil.fr LLiseil Web

    Hi got ‘Play store’ reinstalled thanks to your nice little guide
    Now it will “force close’ Google play each time I try to open it. atmi wonder what to do.

  • Melonie

    Is this download from a respectable site? As you mentioned??

  • oakam

    I installed the app but it didn’t work. I tried to install it again but it the same. The Icon shown on the screen but nothing happend when i tapp it

  • Zainab

    Thank you so much for your very helpful guide and link!
    May God bless you with happiness and guidance.

  • petcum

    Is this working or not?

    • Charith Abeywickrama

      Not for me. It installed without any issues but it doesn’t open. It just flash a screen and get closed immediately when I touch PlayStore icon. My Samsung Tab 3 didn’t have PlayStore installed when I purchased it from China. I tried to install it using this but for some reason it didn’t work.

      • Rusty

        Exact same situation for my China-purchased acer tab… were you able to find a solution?

        • ray32796

          You need to root your phone first. Then download a GAPPS package from cyanogenmod or another source for your android version (4.1, 4.4 etc). Then upzip the folder and go to apps find the GoogleServicesFramework.apk and the play store apk. It might be labelled phonesky.apk or something like that – rename this to Vending.apk if it is not named this already.

          Then download rootexplorer.apk and install onto your device (just internet search for it). Open root explorer and navigate to where the Googleservicesframwork.apk is and copy/cut paste this into your /system/app folder. Do the same with Vending.apk

          Once this is done find those files again in your /system/app folder and change the permissions (using root explorer) to show rw-r-r *Tick Read for owner, group ,others and tick Write for owner only

          Exit out and reboot your phone. Should work. Worked for me on a China phone – Lenovo A388t.

  • Nemo2014

    I tried to install this several times and it does not work. When I start it, I get a locked screen and the “busy swirling circle” on my phone. When I try to use other apps (like gmail) I get a message, “Play store update required” and that doesn’t work either. Almost none of my other google stuff works now and I sometimes get a “server not available” or “network not available” but I’m on a solid WiFi network and with good cell service. I’ve repeated the install process of 4.9.13.apk half a dozen times. My Android (Verizon) Samsung Galaxy S3 says it has the latest Android OS so….

  • sreeram

    thank you so much..
    its of a great use..

  • Raja Yuvan

    Hi all..

    My first android app is published @googleplay store
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=accountslite.n2tech.namespace

  • John Zakaria

    Then why do we flash gapps that have some libs included with them?

  • kinjal

    Helllp people,

    I has also uninstalled my Google app on Samsung
    Grand 2 phone and after trying all options I gave up. I was very worried
    if i will have to refactor my phone.

    But you all will be
    surprised that it was very easy. I called samsung gallery and they
    guided me very well. So try this before you give up.

    In settings
    > Application> > there will be many options all application, SD
    card Application, running applications and Application OFF. So just go
    in Off Application. You must have turned it off by mistake and now just
    go in Play application and Turn it on.

    Isn’t that so easy. :)

    Happy Playing :)

  • kinjal

    Helllp people,

    I had also uninstalled my Google app on Samsung
    Grand 2 phone and after trying all options I gave up. I was very worried
    if i will have to refactor my phone.

    But you all will be
    surprised that it was very easy. I called samsung gallery and they
    guided me very well. So try this before you give up.

    In settings
    > Application> > there will be many options all application, SD
    card Application, running applications and Application OFF. So just go
    in Off Application. You must have turned it off by mistake and now just
    go in Play application and Turn it on.

    Isn’t that so easy. :)

    Happy Playing :)

  • jane

    Google play was removed on my phone how can I received, please help.

  • harmony

    Couldn’t install anything. Especially when I installed my car game still didn’t work. So my play store app was gone after that. Well good luck people. Peace.

  • http://gn2day.com/ Sanober Siddiqui

    I got latest version APK files for install Google Play Store from Appsandroidapk.com , is there any source where from i can get the file

  • Doc Henry

    Thanks! In a fit of pique I uninstalled Google Play and then realized you can’t do much without it. I certainly didn’t want to do a hard reset to get it back so it’s great to be able to get it back so effortlessly.

  • rrahim hodaj

    I installed the app but it didn’t work. I tried to install it again but it the same

  • shiona

    Installed Google play successfully but it says no connection . what should I do

  • Shibish Banu

    i download play store on my mobile n downdload gunship battle game on it but after few days it start closedown the game n asking for google account i open a new account n start re down lod the game but it embrassing after few games i played it againg closedown my game i found it is v disgusting n found google play store is a worst app i ever download i am in a delima wether i can another time gunship battle or not plz i ask the admn to resolve my problum n guide me in this regard thx for nothing
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  • leaomett

    Don’ t sideload any .apk if you don’t trust. APKMIRROR.COM or http://www.apkpure.com are always the best of the best.

  • Erika the Minecraftian

    How do I install it on my chromebook? I use an Acer C720 Chromebook. Or.. is it incompatible… It would be simply outraging for a computer by Google to be incompatible with an app by Google. I mean the word “chrome” is literally in my computer’s name for crying out loud.