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How to install the Google Play Store on any Android device


If you happen to own a device without the Google Play Store installed, gettingit up and running is a little trickier than just downloading an APK file andpressing a button. In this guide, we’ll attempt to show you how to install thePlay Store using a series of steps that may work for your phone or tablet,depending on just how old (or odd!) it is. We can’t guarantee these steps willwork: there are simply too many devices and versions of Android to account forin a single guide, and too many reasons these steps might fail for aparticular combination of them. But if you want to give it a try, we thinkthis is a good place to start.So, how do you get the Play Store onto an Android device that didn’t come withit? While it would be impossible to create one guide that covers everysituation and device, this tutorial might help you get the Play Store runningon uncertified hardware. Some devices require more complex workarounds, likeHuawei’s flagship phones, so we can’t guarantee these steps will work foreveryone.Are you trying to install the Google Play Store on an Amazon Fire Tablet?Please use this dedicated guide, as it has more specific instructions forAmazon’s tablets.Of course, there are some caveats to this process. Devices that don’t comewith the Play Store pre-installed won’t pass Google’s SafetyNet checks, whichmeans some applications won’t work properly (like Google Pay) or can’t beinstalled at all. Other strange issues could crop up, depending on whatversion of Android you’re running, but there’s no way to know for sure whatwill work until you try.

Enable installation from unknown sources


The first step in this process is enabling apps to be installed from unknownsources, if the option exists on your device. This allows you to open andinstall applications from downloaded APK files, which is how we’ll get thePlay Store running.Open the Settings app on your device, and if there’s a search feature, type in”unknown” and look for an option for “unknown apps,” “unknown sources,” orsomething else along those lines (some manufacturers change what the option iscalled). If your Settings app doesn’t have a search function, the optionshould either be located in the Privacy or the Apps & Notifications sections,depending on your version of Android.Enabling apps from unknown sources on Android 10Older versions of Android have a simple switch for enabling unknown sources —make sure it’s switched on, if that’s what you see. If you see switches foreach individual app, like in the above screenshots, don’t worry about enablingany of them right now.

Apps, payment, and security


> Google Play store has a huge range of apps, books, music, and movies> available. You can find just about anything you need from time trackers for> your office to games for your kids.Google Play Store is a great resource for apps, games, books, and movies thatyou can use on your phone. You simply need to log in to your Google account tostart purchasing apps on your mobile device. You can also run the Google PlayStore application on your PC, however you will need to use an emulator – whichis pretty straightforward. You are able to choose which apps you want to seeon your app menus or even add nicknames to your devices for easieridentification. If you should ever lose one of your devices, you can simplyhide them so they will no longer display when you make any future purchase ordownload any app from your computer. Google Play store has thousands of apps,books, music, and movies available for download. You can find applications foralmost any area of your life, work or play. Set up your payment information bylogging in to your Google Play account and clicking on “Add a payment method”.From there, you will get instructions on how to input your billinginformation.

Where can you run this program?


The Google Play Store will run directly on your Android device. Running theapplication on your PC will require an emulator. You can also get the GooglePlay extension for your Chrome browser for easy access and convenient downloadoptions.

Is there a better alternative?


If you don’t feel like using the Google Play Store to purchase your Androidapps, there are a few alternatives for you to choose from. Front and center isthe Amazon App Store for Android. Amazon is actually Google’s biggestcompetitor when it comes to distributing mobile applications for end users.They offer a wide selection of apps, books, movies, and songs at very lowprices. Check them out if you want to save a couple of bucks. Another optionis GetJar, which offers a catalog of thousands of apps and games. It’s quitepopular among long-time Android users and its website is one of the downloadindustry’s oldest. We also like F-Droid, however, unlike the sites mentionedabove, F-Droid only offers free and open source apps as it is a non-profitorganization. You can join their community to help out or donate funds tocreators – it’s a great way to help support app developers!

Should you download it?


Yes, highly recommendable. You can visit their website and simply log in withyour existing Google account or create a new one. It’s super easy! If youreally need to use the mobile application on your computer, you will need touse an emulator like BlueStacks.The setup app for Google TV is now in the Play Store

Check Your Chromebook


The very first step in getting Android apps on a Chromebook is to checkwhether your device is compatible or not. Sadly enough, there are only 3chrome books officially supported and the moment but around 30 or more aregoing to be compatible either in 2016 or 2017 so don’t lose hope just yet.Check out this Google official post to see what devices are going to besupported soon.Here are the 3 that are officially supported as of now: * Asus Chromebook Flip. * Acer Chromebook R11 / C738T * Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)After looking at the forums and Reddit, it seems that some more may be beenadded to the list. So head over to the link and see if your device iscompatible or not periodically.* * *

Login Google Play Store


Now that all the preparations are done, all you need to do is get the GooglePlay Store on your Chromebook and you’re ready to roll. Here is what you needto do in order to get Android apps on a Chromebook. * Tap on the status area, it’s the same area where your profile picture shows up. * Tap on the settings. * Now navigate to the Google Play Store section. * Check the box for Enable Google Play Store on Your Chromebook option. * A new window will pop up on the screen, tap on the Get Started option. * Now the terms of service will appear on the screen and you’ll have to agree to them. After reading and agreeing (which I am pretty sure everyone does), click Agree. * After that, sign in. * Now you’ll see the play store app open. A new box will appear and you just have to tap Accept.* * *

Enable installation from unknown sources


The first step in this process is to enable apps to be installed from outsidethe Amazon Appstore. This allows you to open and install applications fromdownloaded APK files, which is how we’ll get the Play Store running.First, go to the main ‘Home’ page on your home screen and open the Settingsapp. Then tap the ‘Security & Privacy category (older models might just say’Security’), find the switch for ‘Apps from Unknown Sources,’ and turn it on.If tapping ‘Apps from Unknown Sources’ brings up a list of apps, then youdon’t need to do anything. You may receive a popup when installing APKs, butyou’ll just have to tap the ‘Allow’ button when prompted.Now you’re ready to download and install the APKs needed to get the GooglePlay Store running.

Clear app data


When I initially wrote this guide, I wasn’t able to sign into the Play Storeuntil I cleared the app’s local data. This will essentially reset the PlayStore app to its original state, and should fix most problems you mightencounter.Open the Settings app, select the ‘Apps & Notifications’ section (or whateverelse has ‘Apps’ or ‘Applications’ in the name), and tap ‘Manage AllApplications.’ Find the Play Store in the list of apps and tap it.You have to perform two steps on this info screen. First, press the ‘ForceStop’ button to stop the Play Store from running. Then press the ‘Storage’menu option and tap ‘Clear Data’ (it might also be called ‘Clear storage’).Now return to the Play Store app and see if it works.If that didn’t help, follow the above steps again, but restart your tabletbefore trying to open the Play Store. If that didn’t work either, try force-stopping and clearing data for Google Play Services in addition to the PlayStore.

Add more Google services and change the launcher


With a little bit of extra work, you can make your Fire tablet function muchmore like a regular Android phone or tablet. Setting Chrome as the defaultbrowser, adding Google Assistant, and even changing the home screen launcheris possible. See our guide at the below link to get started.

Install Google Play on other device profiles


Since the Play Store isn’t a system-level application on Fire tablets, theinstall process only applies to the device profile you’ve been using. If youwant to add the Play Store for other users on the same device, the steps are abit different, because Amazon’s Fire OS won’t let you have different versionsof Play Services and the Play Store installed on each profile — thanks toFlorian Wolters on Stack Overflow for pointing this out.This is an extremely tedious process that will probably take longer than theoriginal guide. Believe it or not, the below steps are still the easiest wayto get the Play Store on other device profiles, with the fewest ways ofscrewing something up.The easiest way to get the Play Store on another user profile is to extractthe APKs already installed on the first profile and install them on the secondprofile. We only need to grab the files for Play Services and the Play Store.On the user profile that already has the Play Store: 1. Install ML Manager from the Play Store and open it. 2. In the list of applications, find Google Play Services, and tap the ‘Extract’ button. 3. Find Google Play Store in the list, and tap the ‘Extract’ button. Now the two APKs have been saved to the ‘ML Manager’ folder in your tablet’sinternal storage. Because user profiles can’t access the files from otherprofiles, you have to copy the two APKs somewhere else, log into the secondprofile, and copy them to the second profile’s files. The easiest way to dothis is using Swiss Transfer, an online tool for sending files. 1. Open Swiss Transfer (swisstransfer.com) on your tablet’s browser (Silk, Chrome, whatever) and accept the terms and conditions of use. 2. Tap the upload button, tap the menu button on the right, and select ‘Show internal storage’. 3. While still in the file browser, open the left side menu and select your tablet (it should be the only item that says how much storage is remaining). 4. Open the ML Manager folder, hold down on one of the files until ‘1 selected’ appears, then tap the second file. It should say ‘2 selected’ at the top. Keep going until you have all the APKs selected, then press ‘Open’ at the top-right. 5. If the other user profile has an email account set up, fill out the email form to send the link in a message. Otherwise, tap the Link button to just create a link. 6. Tap the ‘Transfer’ button. 7. If you chose the link option, so write it down, log into Google Keep on the web and put it in a note, or save it with some other method. Now you have everything you need, so it’s time to switch to the other userprofile.On the user profile that doesn’t have the Play Store: 1. Go to the link you got in the previous step, either by typing the link in the address bar of your web browser, or by opening the email Swiss Transfer sent (if you chose that option). 2. Download the ZIP file with the two APKs inside. 3. Open the Amazon Appstore, search for ‘ES File Explorer,’ and download it. Now, go back to the very start of this guide, and follow the instructions justlike before. When you get to the steps where you have to download APKs, onlydownload and install the first two items — Google Account Manager and GoogleServices Framework. Once you install those two apps, you need to install theAPKs you just copied from the first profile. 1. Open ES File Manager from the home screen. 2. Tap on the menu button at the top-left, tap ‘Local’, and tap ‘Download’. 3. Tap the ZIP file you downloaded earlier (it’s probably called ‘Send-Archive’). 4. You should see two APKs. Just like before, these have to be installed in the correct order. 5. Tap the one that starts with ‘com.google.android.gms’ (this one is Google Play Services), then tap ‘Install’. 6. Now tap the one that starts with ‘com.android.vending’ (this one is the Play Store), then tap ‘Install’. Now reboot your tablet again, log into the second profile, and see if the PlayStore works. If you encounter issues, take a look at the Troubleshootingsection above.”

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