How to install the Google Play Store on any Android device

How to install the Google Play Store on any Android device

If you happen to have a device without the Google Play Store installed, getting it up and running is a little more complicated than downloading an APK file and pressing a button. In this guide, we will attempt to show you how to install the Play Store using a series of steps that may work for your phone or tablet, depending on how old they are !!

We can’t guarantee these steps will work – there are simply too many devices and Android versions to account for in a single guide, and too many reasons why these steps may fail for a particular combination of them. But if you want to give it a try, we think this is a good place to start.

So how do you get the Play Store on an Android device that didn’t come with it? While it would be impossible to create a guide that covers every situation and device, this tutorial could help you get the Play Store running on non-certified hardware. Some devices require more complex workarounds, like Huawei’s flagship phones, then we cannot guarantee that these steps will work for everyone .

Of course, there are some caveats in this process. Devices that do not come with the Play Store pre-installed will fail Google’s SafetyNet checks, which means that some applications will not work properly (such as Google Pay) or cannot be installed at all.

Other strange problems may arise, depending on the version of Android you are using, but there is no way to know for sure what will work until you try.

Here is the exact procedure to install the Google Play Store on all Android smartphones:

Enable installation from unknown sources

The first step in this process is to enable the installation of apps from unknown sources, if the option exists on your device. This allows you to open and install applications from downloaded APK files, which is how we’ll make the Play Store work.

Open the Settings app on your device and if there is a search function, type “unknown” and look for an option for “unknown apps”, “unknown sources” or something else (some manufacturers change the option called). If the Settings app does not have a search function, the option should be in the Privacy or Apps and notifications sections, depending on the Android version.

Older versions of Android have a simple toggle to enable unknown sources – make sure it’s on, if that’s what you see. If you see switches for every single app, like in the screenshots above, don’t worry about enabling any of them right now.

Find information about your device

The exact files required to install the Google Play Store on your device depend on the version of the Android operating system and the hardware platform of the device. Although the OS version is usually found in the Settings app, it may list information about your device specific software instead of the general OS, for example, Fire tablets only display the Fire OS version, not the major Android version . Therefore, you should use a third-party tool to find both information.

The quickest method is to use WhatDevice, a web application that provides information about hardware and software.

Go to on your Android device e take note of android version and CPU architecture. The architecture should say something like “armv8”, ​​“armv71”, “x86_64” and so on.

android version app

If WhatDevice does not display the necessary information (some browsers hide the requested data), an app called “Device Info HW” will do the job. IS available from the Play Store , but since you don’t have it yet, you’ll need to download it from APKMirror. Go to the APKMirror page of the app here on your device, click on the latest version available and hit the big “Download APK” button. Once the download is finished, open it to install the APK file.

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Once the Device Info HW installation is complete, open it. Make a note of the Android version in the main General tab, then switch to the “SoC” tab and check what’s listed next to “ABI”. It should be an architecture like “arm64-v8a”, “x86”, “armeabi-v7a” and so on.

Regardless of the method used, you should now have two pieces of information: your Android version and your CPU architecture. Now we can proceed with the actual installation of the Play Store.

Download the Google Play Store

The next step is to download the correct APK files for the Play Store. Technically you have to install four different applications: Google Account Manager, Google Services Framework, Google Play Services and finally Google Play Store. The first three apps handle the basic account services and APIs, while the last app is the store itself.

If you’re not already reading it on your Android device, open your web browser and type in the address bar to jump directly to this post.

The first step is to get Google Account Manager . If you have Android 7.1.2 or a newer version, go to the page of Google Account Manager 7.1.2 and tap the main “Download APK” button. If you have something older than Android 7.1.2, check the app version list here and choose the one with the version closest to your Android version. For example, if you have Android 6.0.1, download Google Account Manager 6.0.1. Once you’ve downloaded the APK file, don’t open it – we’ll do that later.

The next is Google Services Framework . This is mostly the same process as the first app, go on This Page and select the version that comes closest to your version of the Android operating system. For example, if you have Android 8.1, choose Google Services Framework 8.1.0. Once you’ve downloaded the APK file, don’t open it – we’ll do that later.

Now it’s time to download Google Play Services , which provides most of the behind-the-scenes functionality for the Play Store. This is where things get a little tricky, as there are different versions depending on the version of the Android OS and hardware architecture. Go to APKMirror page for Google Play Services and select the latest version not marked as beta.

While APKs for the latter two applications usually only have one variant for each version, there are specific variants of Google Play Services for every conceivable hardware configuration. Here you need to find the combination that matches both your Android OS version and your hardware architecture – the information you found earlier.

For example, my Google Pixel runs Android 10 and uses the arm64-v8a architecture, so I would choose the APK for “Android 10+” and “arm64-v8a + armeabi-v7a”. The plus symbol means it works on both architectures listed. Once you’ve found the variant for your device, select it and download the APK. Again, don’t open it after finishing the download, as we’ll do it later.

The last app you need to download is the same Google Play Store . Thankfully, Google distributes the Play Store as a single variant that works on all architectures and versions of Android, so head over to This Page and download the latest version not marked as “beta”. Once you’ve downloaded the APK file, don’t open it – we’ll do that later.

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Install the Play Store on your phone

Now comes the final step: installing the Play Store. Find the Downloads / Files app on your device and open it. If you don’t have a file manager, download the latest version of Files by Google from APKMirror and install it. You should see all four APK files ⁠ – if not, go back and find out which one you missed.

Open the apps in the following order and, at the end of the installation, press “Finish” and not “Open”. Installing out-of-use apps will cause the Play Store to not work. Also, if you have an SD card, be sure to take it out during these installations.

  1. access
  2. gsf
  3. gms
  4. vending

After installing all four apps, restart your device. If one of the applications has not been installed, it means that you have probably downloaded the wrong APK variant – go back and make sure you have correctly matched the CPU architecture and the Android version. If your device has arm64-v8 architecture, try downloading the variant for armv7a. Some low-end devices (like Amazon Fire tablets) have arm64 processors, but run Android in 32-bit armv7 mode.

If you can open the Play Store and log in, pat yourself on the back, you’ve done it! You can now download all the apps and games you could ever want.

If the Google Play Store doesn’t work or get warnings about Play Services crash, it probably means that you can’t get the Play Store to work on your device without more complicated steps like rooting or installing a custom ROM. If you can’t get it to work, go to the “All apps” section of the Settings app and uninstall all four APKs, to avoid further pop-ups about crashes (and potential battery drain issues from Play Services constantly restarting) .

I know, it’s no fun spending time trying to get something to work and not getting the desired results, but the truth is that the Play Store sometimes only works on devices that aren’t rooted / modified in some way. I recommend that you check the alternatives section at the beginning of this guide for some other options that may work for you.

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Finally, consider alternatives to the Play Store

As mentioned above, this guide is not a complete tutorial for every type of Android device available. It is very likely that you will reach the end of this guide and you will not have the working Play Store yet. If you want to save time and (possible) frustration, there are a few alternatives you can try first.

The best alternative to the Google Play Store that generally works on all devices is the Amazon Appstore. It has most of the same great games as the Play Store, plus a decent collection of third-party apps, all without the need for Google services. However, you won’t find any Google apps like Chrome or Gmail in the store. You can download the Amazon App store from here .

Another alternative app store is F-Droid. It is made up entirely of open source games and applications, so the selection is extremely limited, but there is a possibility that it has something you are looking for. You can browse the F-Droid library and download the app store from the official site .

Finally, if you only need a handful of apps and automatic updates aren’t very important, you can always try downloading the apps you need from APKMirror. It is a repository of Android applications replicated from the Play Store: the apps are safe and are not modified in any way.

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