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It’s exciting to know that the Google Play Store is updated quite frequently. While the latest iteration is new in the market, there’s never a change in the basic functionality. However, if you wish to use Google Play Store on your smartphone, then you should go through the steps listed below.

Step 1: Check The Version

Firstly, you should always check the version of Google Play Store. As you open the Google Play Store, you must navigate to ‘Settings’ and scroll down till the build number is visible.

NOTE: Before you try updating the app, you should see to it that the version is compatible with an Android communication device. Even though it might not pose a problem, you won’t be able to install the improved version on cell phones running on Gingerbread. In such a situation, you need to replace the mobile phone right way.


Step 2: Download the APK file

>> Normally, just like any other app, Google Play Store installable files come in APK format. You can download the files from trusted sources like tech-blogs, or articles related to Android. In case you download from an anonymous website, then the files may be corrupted and can probably affect the Android OS.

>> Once the files are downloaded on the computer, ensure that you transfer the files on the device. Just remember to paste the files in a folder you can remember easily.

For more information, do visit the blog that can help you set up the Play Store.


Step 3: Enable Unknown Sources under ‘Settings’

Since a long time, Android has always featured the ‘Unknown Sources’ setting. If it’s disabled for security reasons, then you need to enable the option for installing apps right from the Play Store.

After entering the device settings, you should go to ‘Security’ and select the option, ‘Unknown Sources’. You would then view a warning and then tap on ‘OK’ so that you can install the APK from other sources.

In case the option is not present under the ‘Settings’ section, you can probably find it in the Privacy / Applications settings. Do watch the video in case you are not sure what you need to do.


Step 4: Use the file manager for installation

Now when you’re all set for the installation, you have to use the file browser. It’s highly recommended to use ES file explorer as the file manager.

>> Soon after you have opened the file browser, you must go to the folder where you have stored or transferred the APK files. If you have downloaded the files on the device, then go to the SD card.

>> Open the APK file and select ‘Package Installer’ from the box that pops up on the touchscreen. The box actually gives the list of installed apps and those which you wish to use.

>> Ahead, you would then be redirected to the next screen. You must click ‘Install’ after reading the permission changes. Once you’re done, Google Play Store would be installed on the device.

Hope you have learned to install the Google Play Store. We would happy to hear from you.


Written by Hardip Koradia

Hardip Koradia is a pro tech blogger with years of experience in writing resourceful articles on different tech topics like mobile apps, PCs, gadgets, software, how to guides, etc. His passion for technology inspired him to start Techbylws, a growing tech blog.