How to download Google Play store app: easy step by step guide

How to download Google Play store app: easy step by step guide

Some phones come without google play store app installed for one reason or the other. if so then it may not also have other Google apps like Gmail, Chrome Google Play Services, etc and to get Google Play to you would have to manually download the Google Play store app and install.


Also, the Google Play Store gets frequent updates that it can take weeks for some people or even longer to get the latest update. The basic functionality never changes so being stuck on an older version isn’t all that bad. However, we understand the urge to get the latest and greatest version on your device. We have created this easy step by step tutorial for either case to help you download Google Play store app and install it on your Android device

How to download google play store app

Case 1: Download google play store app to a device without Google services

While the Android operating system is Free software, Google’s proprietary apps sure aren’t – if a manufacturer wants those, they would have to make a deal with Google. Some companies stay away from that like Amazon. that is why their devices don’t have google apps.

You would have to manually download google play store app and other apps for the device and gain access to every Android app, including Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, Hangouts, and the over one million apps in Google Play.

Step 1: Download Google Play Store app APK Files

There are four .APK files you’ll need to download, using the built browser or any other browser you have installed on your device. You can easily open up this tutorial in the browser and click on the links below, which will take you to the download pages. These come from APK Mirror, an established and trustworthy source for Android APKs.

Google Account Manager APK

Google Services Framework APK

Google Play Services APK

Google Play Store APK

To download each APK file, click on the link, scroll down, and tap on “Download APK”.


The download will start shortly. When it does, a pop-up will appear saying that this type of file can harm your device (don’t worry—it won’t). Tap on “OK” when the pop-up appears.

After each file downloads, do the same thing for the next APK file until all four files are downloaded.

How to download google play store app

Step 2: Install the Google Play Store APK Files

Android has a security feature which blocks app installs from Unknown Sources which are generally apps not downloaded from the play store directly. To install the app we just download, we would have enable install from unknown sources.
To do that,

Enter your device settings.

Go to “Security”.

Find the Unknown Sources option and check the box. A warning will pop up which you should definitely 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.

Next to install the APKs, Open up a file manager app on your device

Tap on “Local Storage”.

Select the “Downloads” folder.

Your APK files will appear in this folder. Simply tap on one to begin installing it. Be sure to install them in this order. Install the Google Account Manager (com.google.android.gsf.login) APK first, then the Google Services Framework (com.google.android.gsf) APK, followed by the Google Play Services (com.google.android.gms) APK, and then the Google Play Store (com.android.vending) APK to finish it out.

On the next screen, confirm the installation by tapping on “Install” at the bottom. Toward the upper-left corner it will say which APK you’re installing, so again, make sure you install them in the right order.


Repeat this process for each APK file until all four are installed.

How to download google play store app

Step 3: Use the Google Play Store

Once that’s done, the Google Play Store app will appear on the home screen of your device. If you tap on it, you’ll be able to sign in with your Google account.

It may not appear to work normally after you sign in, but just give it some time. The Google Play Store and Google Play Services will automatically update themselves in the background. This may take as much as ten minutes.

You can start searching for and downloading whatever apps you want—like Chrome, Gmail, or anything else. Some apps may require you update Google Play Services. If they do, they’ll tell you and take you to the Google Play Services page in Google Play, where you can update Google Play Services with o
ne tap.

How to download google play store app

Case 2: Manually update the google play store app

If you already have the Google Play Store app on your device and are just looking to update it, Here’s how.

How to download google play store app

Step 1: Check your current version

The numbering system for Google Play Store versions may seem a little confusing at first, but it’s easy to get your head around. If the jumps between numbers seem odd, that’s simply because Google didn’t publicly release the versions in between.

How to check your current Google Play version

Updates take time and don’t arrive at the same time for all Android devices. This is why sometimes you might want to download and install a newer version of Google Play, especially if your current one is causing you trouble. Before rushing to download the latest Play Store APK, however, you should first check which version of the Play Store app you have installed at the moment. Here is how to do it:

  • Go to Settings, then Apps
  • Find Google Play and tap it
  • Scroll all the way down where you should see the version number on the bottom

If your Google Play app is working normally and the only reason you’re sideloading is that you’re impatient, you can also check the app version in the Play Store application itself. Open it, tap the three lines (menu button) in the top left corner, go into Settings and scroll all the way down to see the “Build number.” That’s your current version.

Keep in mind before attempting to update that you are sure your version of Android is compatible with the latest store version, though this shouldn’t really be a problem unless you are rocking a super ancient version of Android like Gingerbread — if that’s the case, time to replace your phone!


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Step 2: Download Google Play Store app via an APK

Only download Google Play Store 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 is signed by Google and most trusted websites will only upload a copy that hasn’t been tampered with.

You can download it on your device or your computer. Make sure you transfer the APK to your device to somewhere you’ll remember if you downloaded it on your computer.

You can just click on the link below to take you to the download page of the Google play store app on APKMirrir.

Google Play Store APK

APKMirror also provides the option to follow and keep a track of Play Store version updates so you can always have the latest iteration.

How to install google play store

Step 3: Enable Unknown Sources in the settings

Android has a security feature which blocks app installs from Unknown Sources which are generally apps not downloaded from the play store directly. To install the app we just download, we would have enable install from unknown sources.

To do that,

Enter your device settings.

Go to “Security”.

Find the Unknown Sources option and check the box. A warning will pop up which you should definitely 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: Installing the Google Play Store

Open up a file manager app on your device

Tap on “Local Storage”.

Select 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.

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 (except the Play Store) from installing apps. You can always re-check the box later if you need to do this again.

You now know how to download Google Play Store if you never had one in your device or just to ensure you have the latest version. This method will work on almost any Android device, but there may be slight variances depending on your Android version and OEM.