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Learn how to download and install Google Play Store easily

 Learn how to download and install Google Play Store easily

Learn how to download and install Google Play Store easily

  This Android device store receives updates more frequently than before, but it may take a long time, in this way, if you don't want to wait, you can download and install Google Play Store.  This should be done depending on the Android version you are using.  All this if you want to have the latest version on your mobile phone.

  If you are having issues with the apps you purchased from the store, you should know that you can get your money back from the Google Play Store.

  As you'll see, the basic functions of the Play Store never change, so having previous versions isn't too bad as it won't affect downloading apps at all.  But if you want to get the latest version, just follow these steps.

  1.- Check your current version

  The first thing you need to do is find out which version you have so you can make sure that you have downloaded and installed the Google Play Store in the latest version.  You can do it this way, first, you have to open your Google Play Store app, then go to settings and scroll to the bottom.  There you will find the "Playstore version" section.

  Doing so is important because you don't want to install an old version of Google Play by accident.  Also, you should make sure that you download a version compatible with your mobile device.

  This should not be a problem unless you are using an older version of Android like 2.3 Gingerbread.  If so, then it's time to buy a newer smartphone.

  2.- Download and install Google Play Store through APK

  This is a very simple step, since Google Play Store comes in APK format, all Android apps come in this type of format.  For this reason, you can download APK from websites, tech blogs, forums, and other places.

  However, APKMirror is probably your best option for downloading trusted APK files from the Google Play Store, at least for now.  You just have to find the Google Play Store version you want.  If you are downloading a newer version, check your current version and see if there are new versions available.

  Now, download the app by following the instructions on the website you are downloading from.  You should know that there are some other places that have downloaded the latest APK files for Google Play Store.  But with APKMirror, it is the easiest method that novice or expert users can trust.  So you will have no problem downloading the app from this website.

  3.- You have to deal with security permissions

  Unknown sources settings have been a part of Android since its inception.  When disabled, it prevents users and other apps from installing apps from anywhere other than the original Google Play Store installation.

  In this way, the Android Oreo version changed this to a per-app permission instead of a system setting.  For this reason, you should see two settings, the first is before and after Android Oreo.

  If you had to configure permissions before Android Oreo, you must enter your device settings.  Then go to the "Security" section.  Now, find the option called “Unknown sources” and check the box.

  A warning will appear that you must read.  Once done, click on Accept and this will allow you to install APK files that come from unknown sources.  If the Unknown Sources section is not in the Security settings, try looking for it in the Privacy settings or Apps settings.

  To configure permissions after Android Oreo, start the installation with a file browser or with a web browser.  Android will tell you that the app does not have permission to install the APK.

  You just have to click on the "Settings" button available in this message.  In the next menu that appears, the box that allows the app to install the APK must be checked.  Then press the back button to return to the installation.

  This method is a bit more complicated, but as a compensation, you will have better security because the only app that can install third-party APKs is the one you just allowed.  Instead of system-wide settings in older versions of Android.

  4.- Use the file manager to install the Google Play Store

  Now that your app is downloaded, it's time to install it.  Use your favorite file browser so you can do it in the best way.  Open the file browser and go to the folder where the APK was downloaded from the Google Play Store.  If you download it to your device, it will be on your SD card, specifically in the Downloads folder.

  Once you find the APK file, click on it.  Depending on the apps you have installed on your mobile device, a pop-up box may appear and ask you which app you want to use.  If this is the case, just click on the "Package Installer" option.

  On the next screen, read the permission changes, although there are usually no changes, and then click Install.  When finished, the latest version of the Google Play Store will be installed on your smart device.

  5.- Disable Unknown Sources

  You should know that leaving the Unknown sources box checked is a major security breach that can cause you problems in the future.  This is why the best way to stay safe is to go back and uncheck the box.  If you have Android Oreo or later, you are done and you can skip this step.  This is because the settings are no longer on your smartphone.

  If you had Android before Oreo;  You should go back to your device settings.  Go back to your security settings, privacy settings, or app settings.  Where did you find these options last time.

  Now uncheck the box.  This will prevent everything except the Google Play Store from installing apps.  You can always re-check the box later if you need to reinstall APK from unknown sources.

  If you have Android Oreo and later, you have to go to the device settings and then tap on the Apps option.  Scroll down and find the app you used to install the Google Play Store.  As a rule, it is the same browser in which you downloaded the Google Play Store, now you just have to click on it.

  On the next page that appears, check the permissions until you find the "Unknown sources" section.  Uncheck the box opposite to remove permission to install apps from outside the Google Play Store.

  Finally, you should keep in mind that this process can change from one mobile device to another.  Even stock Android is different from Android Oreo and Android 11, and it's all done by doing this process.  If you can't find Settings at first, keep searching as you might be in a different location.