How to install Google Play Store app manually

September 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.

how to install google play store

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 isĀ signed by Google and most trusted websites will only upload a copy that hasn’t been tampered with.
  • You can download it on your deviceĀ 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: EnableĀ 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 measureĀ 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.

Comments

  • 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?

  • 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?