How to update Google Play Store to the latest version

It may not be the Google application that decides the most news throughout the year, but still, it is always advisable to update the Google Play Store to the most recent version.

The Android application store is, in turn, one of the most important apps that we can have on our Android devices since from it, it is possible to access the millions of creations of the thousands of developers around the world who give life to the store.

How to update Google Play Store to the latest version

However, it is possible that, for some reason, your mobile does not have the latest version of Google Play available installed, and therefore you cannot access the latest functions of the store. Since the procedure to follow is not the same as when updating applications such as WhatsApp, in this article, we explain how to update the Play Store step by step so that you always have the latest news on your device.

Google Play: update to the latest version available

Google Play update to the latest version available

Before going into detail and seeing the process to follow to update Google Play, it must be taken into account that the store app depends on the services of Google Play or Google Play Services. Therefore it is very likely that the latest version of the store is installed automatically after updating the services.

How to know which version of Google Play you have installed

The first step before trying to update Google Play is to check which version is being used. This is important since, generally, Google performs various tests in the store app, and there may be occasions when some users can access new features and others not, even though in both cases, the same version of the app. Therefore, even if you think you don’t have the latest version of Google Play installed, it doesn’t hurt to make sure. To check this, although there are different ways, one of the easiest and fastest is to follow these steps:

  1. Go to the System Settings.
  2. Enter the Applications category.
  3. In the list of all apps, search for Google Play Store and click on it.
  4. Go to the bottom of the menu, where the version you have installed will appear. It is usually a type number 12.3.19

How to know which version of Google Play you have installed step1

How to know which version of Google Play you have installed step2

How to know which version of Google Play you have installed step3

Although there is no official way to check if the version you have installed corresponds to the latest available, a good way to do it is by accessing a frequently updated repository such as APKMirror. In the “All Versions” section, you can verify, according to the date, which are the latest versions available of the Google Play application, and if there is any more recent than the one you have on your mobile.

How to update Google Play

If you have already verified that your mobile does not have the latest version of Google Play, and you want to be up to date, now is the time to do it. To update the Play Store to the latest version on Android, you can follow different procedures, which we will see in more detail below.

Force update through Google Play

An option of Google Play that many are unaware of is to check if there are new versions through the store’s own app. This option allows you to view the installed version, search for new updates and, if any, install them. To do this, you have to follow these steps:

  1. Are the Google Play application.
  2. From the drop-down menu on the left, access “Settings.”
  3. In the “Information” section, one of the sections is “Play Store version.” Click on it.

Force update through Google Play step1

Force update through Google Play step2

Force update through Google Play step3

In this way, Google Play will check if there are new versions of the application, and if so, it will install the most recent one automatically. At the same time, if there are no newer versions to the one we already have, a notice will appear indicating that Google Play Store already it’s updated.

What if this doesn’t work?

This procedure may not have worked due to an internal error in the application or simply because the Google Play installation on your device is corrupt. This can happen if a version of Google Play not signed by Google has previously been installed, which now prevents a newer official version. Luckily, it is an easy problem to fix.

  1. Go to the System Settings.
  2. Enter the Applications category.
  3. In the list of all apps, search for Google Play Store and click on it.
  4. Click on the “Storage” button, and within it, “Clear data” and “Clear cache.”

In this way, all the settings related to Google Play will be eliminated from the device – of course, all the apps purchased and downloaded will be kept, and all the information related to our Google account – so that when you start the app, it will be as if the We would have opened it for the first time, and when trying to force the update following the previous procedure, it is possible that, now, a new version will appear available.