Google Play Store is the best and saver place to download Apps on your Android devices. It was proven and confirmed that every app on the play store is free from virus. For various reasons, you may run into a situation where you will need to be able to install the latest or the older version of the Google Play Store. As daunting as this may sound, it is actually pretty easy. Below is the step-by-step instruction on how to install the Google Play Store APK to your device
Download Google Play Store APK on your Android device
Before you install any apps on your device, you either download such apps to your devices or get it to transfer from someone to your mobile devices.
Therefore, before considering the process, the following must be accomplished on your side.
====> Make sure you have the Google Play Store APK that you want to install to your device, downloaded. You can find a list of available APK’s here.
====> Have the drivers installed to your computer that is needed for it to recognize your Android device
====> You are going to need a file manager installed on your device. Some devices will come with one pre-installed. Personally, I like to use Astro File Manager. you can get it from the link provided
====> Next, you are going to need to enable ‘Unknown Sources’ access on your device.
- To do this, go to Settings>Security
- Scroll down until you see an option titled “Unknown Sources”
====> You will not be able to sideload an APK to your device unless you have this option enabled.
- Tap unknown sources to enable it
- After enabling Unknown Sources, a warning will appear saying that your phone will be vulnerable with Unknown Sources enabled.
- Tap OK to continue
Now Downloading proper
The process I follow involves more steps than somehow to’s, but I believe this is the method for installation that involves the least amount of risk. Because we are being very deliberate about where we put the file, we can help lower the risk for things to go wrong.
====> Assuming that all of the prerequisites have been met, connect your phone to your computer.
====> Once your computer recognizes your phone and mounts it as a device, open the phone so that you can see the file system and storage.
====> On a PC, for example, you would access your phone using My Computer. Your Android device would be visible as a Drive, and you would double click it to access its storage
NOTE: If you have an SD Card, I would recommend using it in the following steps. If you do not have an SD Card, that’s okay.
Step 1 ====> Find the APK file on your computer and copy it.
Step 2 ====> You are going to place the APK file in the Download folder on your Android device’s SD Card (or in the Download folder on the device’s internal storage if you do not have an SD Card)
Step 3 ====> Once you have placed the File on your Android device, eject the device on your computer so that you can safely unplug it
Step 4 ====> Using your File Manager of choice, navigate to the Download folder you placed the APK file in. Then click the APK file
Step 5 ====> On the pop up that appears (it may vary from device to device), choose to install the APK. Once the installation is finished, you are all set.
Step 6 ====> The last step is to go back into settings and disable Unknown Sources
Congratulations! You have installed a Google Play Store APK on your Android Device! The cool thing is, this same process will work for other APK’s that you may want to install in the future!
Uninstall Google Play Store App
You can uninstall Google Play Store app from your Android mobile device anytime. The installation process of the Google Playstore app is very simple. You can follow the below steps to uninstall the Google PlayStore app anytime from your Android mobile device:
Step 1 ====> Unlock your Android mobile device.
Step 2 ====> Hold the Google Play Store icon in the menu till you see the options to create a shortcut or delete the app.
Step 3 ====> Drag the icon on the delete or uninstall option.
Step 4 ====> You will get a pop up appear on the screen asking the confirmation to uninstall the app.
Step 5 ====> Confirm the action. Soon you will see the uninstallation process.
Step 6 ====> Once the process is completed, the Google Play Store app will be removed from your Android mobile device.