Google Play Store comes usually pre-installed in your Android device when you purchase it. However, there are also phones that don’t have it installed or come with some outdated versions of Google Play Store.
Well, don’t worry, because today we’re going to tell you everything that you need to know about how to install or update your Google Play Store. All you need to do is to download the Google Play Store app manually from a trusted source and install it on your device. It is good to know that there are automatic methods to get it installed also.
NOTE: You can install applications and games without the help of Google Play Store, but you will have to look for APK files and download them on your device and then install them. With Google Play Store, things get easier, as all you need to do is to open Google Play Store, search for an application or a game, select it and tap on install.
Installing Google Play Store using the APK file
To install Google Play Store APK on your Android device is quite easy. First, you will need to download the APK file from websites such as XDA Developers or APK Mirror. These websites are considered legit and usually they host malware-free files, so you don’t need to worry about that.
Installing an APK file
To install an APK file on your Android device, first you will have to enable an option that allows APK files to be installed on your device (even if these files were not downloaded from the Google Play Store). This option is called Unknown Sources and can be enabled by going to Settings->Applications or Settings->Security (depending on the version of Android you run on your device).
Transferring APK files from your PC to your Android device
Many prefer to download the APK files on their computers because, it’s much easier to search and download an APK file. If you’re one of them, then you transfer the file to your Android device using a wireless transfer application or the USB cable. After you connect the device to your computer, copy and paste the APK file somewhere on your Android device. After that, just disconnect the Android device from the computer and go to the location you’ve just put the APK file on your mobile device. Once you are there, you can select the APK file and start installing Google Play Store on your device.
Once the installation is complete, open Google Play Store and enjoy searching and installing applications with ease.