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How to manually update the Google Play Store on your phone

By Winnie Onyando February 11th, 2024 2 min read

In the ever-evolving world of apps and digital services, keeping your Google Play Store up-to-date is crucial for security and performance.

While the Play Store typically updates automatically, there are times when you may need to manually initiate the update process, especially if the app doesn’t appear in your list of updates.

Here’s how you can manually update the Google Play Store on your Android device:

1. Launch the Google Play Store App: Open the Google Play Store app on your Android device. You can find the Play Store icon in your app drawer or on your home screen.

2. Access Settings: Once the Play Store app is open, tap on your profile icon located in the top right corner of the screen. This will open a menu. From the menu, select “Settings.”

3. Navigate to the About Section: Scroll down to the bottom of the Settings menu until you find the “About” section. Tap on it to expand the section.

4. Update Play Store: Within the About section, locate the “Play Store version” field. Tap on it to check for updates. If an update is available, you’ll see an option to “Update Play Store.” Tap on this option to initiate the update process.

5. Confirmation and Update: After tapping on “Update Play Store,” one of two things will happen. You may receive an on-screen message confirming that the Play Store app is already up-to-date. Alternatively, the app may silently begin updating in the background. Once the update is complete, you’ll receive a notification.

What if the Manual Update Fails?

In rare cases, forcing the Google Play Store to update manually may fail. Here are some troubleshooting tips to address the issue:

1. Stable Internet Connection: Ensure you have a stable internet connection. If your Wi-Fi is unstable, consider switching to cellular data temporarily.

2. Clear App Cache: Clear the cache of the Google Play Store app on your Android device. This can help eliminate bugs that may be causing the update problem.

3. Update Google Play Services: Ensure that Google Play Services is up-to-date on your device. Some apps, including the Play Store, may not function properly if Google Play Services is outdated.

4. Restart Device: Try restarting your Android device to resolve any minor software glitches that could be interfering with the update process.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your Google Play Store app is always running the latest version, providing you with access to the newest features and improvements.

While manual updates are rarely necessary, it’s good practice to check for updates periodically.