The Google Play Store is the most secure and easily accessible place to grab and update your essential Android apps and games, but occasionally you might run into a rare problem. Unfortunately, when this does happen, Google presents a wide range of unintelligible error codes but no real way to quickly fix the problem. This list of the most common Play Store errors and their solutions should help you sidestep these rare annoyances.
We’ll start off with a simple one, Error 944 appears when the Google Play Store servers are offline or if they’re suffering from some other connectivity issue. The best solution is to just a little while and try again, rather than messing around with app settings.
Error code 944 is a bit of an annoying Play Store error, as you’ll just have to wait for the servers to fix themselves. But at least there’s nothing wrong on your handset.
Error 941 / 927 / 504 / 495 / 413 / 406 / 110 / rh01 / rpc:aec:0
If you’ve had problems downloading apps from the Play Store, you’ve likely come across the Error 495, 110, or one of the other codes above. They all indicate slightly different download problems, but they all share the same solution. To fix any one of them, you’re probably going to need a new Google ID assigned to your device, but that’s not too hard to do.
For starters, delete your Google Play Store data by heading over to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store > Clear data & Clear cache. You can see if this has fixed your problem. If not then you’ll want to delete your data from the Google services framework too, which can also be found under the apps settings menu. This will give you a new Google ID on your devices, almost as if you’d factory reset it. However, this new ID has the downside of messing up some apps, at least temporarily, so you might have to reinstall any apps that suddenly have problems.
If you’re still running into issues after that, you’ll have to delete your Google account from your device. Do do this, and re-add it back after a restart, head on over to Settings > Accounts > Google.
DF-BPA-09 Error Processing Purchase
The character mishmash above is another fairly common error, this time related to trying to download a purchased app. Unfortunately trying over and over again won’t make the situation go away, but a quick clear of the Play Store app data will solve this one quickly. Just Clear data under general Settings > Apps > All > Google services framework.
Unfortunately, this problem is sometimes on Google’s end too, so the above method may not work every time. If that’s the case, log into the Play Store from your PC and push the download to your device from there.
Another wordy looking error, but this one relates to app updates or new downloads. The best way to flush out this problem is to clear the cache and data from the Play Store app and try again.
To do this, head to Settings > Apps. Find the Play Store app and hit both Clear cache and Clear data to reset the app back to default before trying again. If this doesn’t worth, removing and re-adding your Google account entirely from your phone is another avenue to try.
Error 103 occurs when there’s a compatibility problem between your device and the app you’re trying to install. Usually, Google won’t allow you to install incompatible apps, but sometimes there’s a bug or server error that can cause conflicts to occur.
The solution is just to wait this one out. It is often a server side issue to do with application signatures. The Play Store will eventually update to make sure your phone receives the right package. Although lingering issues should be reported to Google Support for them to look into.
Error 919 / 101 / 923 / 921
This Google Play Store error is a pretty simple one, it just means that there isn’t enough space on your device to fully install or update an app. Removing some old unused apps is a good place to start, followed by pictures, videos or music if you’re really running out of memory space.
Error 491 / 923
491, unfortunately, means that downloads and updates are impossible, so something has gone seriously wrong somewhere. To fix this error, you will need to remove and then add the same or a new Google account to your device.
Go to your device’s Settings > Accounts > Google menu, click on the account and then press Remove account. Restart your smartphone or tablet, then go back into Settings > Accounts > Google again to log back into your account. Finally, go into Settings > Apps, swipe to the All tab, scroll down to Google Services and click Clear data.
The 403 error is similar to the one above, in that downloads and updates are impossible, for some reason. However, this time the problem is caused by a conflict that occurs when using two or more Google accounts to buy apps on one device.
To fix this, your first port of call should be to log into the Google account that you bought the app with, uninstall it, and then hit the purchase/install button once again.
If that doesn’t work, removing your Play Store search history might remove the conflict. To do this, go into the Play Store Settings > Clear search history. Alternatively, you could try creating a new Google Play account and installing the app again using this account, although this is usually how the problem started anyway.
This is another Play Store error that appears when trying to download or update an app, but this particular code occurs only when the Play Store is caught out in the middle of an update of its own.
The best fix is usually to wait for the Play Store to finish updating and installing, and then simply trying again. Alternatively, you can clear app data for the Play Store and Google Services under Settings > Apps > All.
If you’re unfortunate enough to see the 481 error code, then it’s probably the end of the road for your Google account. This code means that there’s some sort of major error with your account. The only fix is to remove your old account and then sign up for a new one. You can remove your account under General Settings > Accounts > Google.
This download error can be a little tougher to diagnose exactly, as it’s sometimes a problem with your current WiFi connection, but can also be solved be clearing Play Store data in some instances, like many other error codes.
If you’re connected to a WiFi hotspot that requires a login, it’s possible that the Error 911 appears because you need to re-authenticate your connection. After you’ve done that, open the app back up and try again. If you’re still having problems after that, it’s likely something to do with your WiFi network, so try a different connection or perhaps switch to your network data connection, if you have enough data and the app is small.
Alternatively, you can try clearing Play Store data by going to Settings > Apps, swipe to the All tab, scroll down to Google Services and click Clear data and Clear cache.
There are a few more error codes floating around out there. Generally, most of these are related to connectivity issues or some account authentication problem. Most of these can be solved by checking your connection status and waiting for Google’s servers to catch up, or reapplying your account to the Play Store. Also, never discount the effectiveness of restarting your phone.
Hopefully, this little list will have solved your particular Google Play Store error code. If you’ve come across any different errors or have some fixes of your own to contribute, please feel free to share in the comments section below.