How to update Google Play Services, the easy way

How to update Google Play Services, the easy way

Everything the Play Store does with the apps on your phone goes through Google Play Services. This tells your phone when to update apps and introduces new features and settings to Google Play. Find out how to update Google Play Services both the easy way or the more technical way with a newer APK.

Google Play Services is an app that is very closely linked to the Android system itself that allows your smartphone to benefit from the latest versions of apps and security patches without upgrading to the latest version of Android. Despite the confusing names, this is different from the Google Play Store where you can access, buy, and download media such as apps and games.

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Google Play Services latest version: what's new?

You can check out the changelogs for the latest version of Google Play Services here, and also view the timelines and logs for earlier releases. Most of what the updates do are small changes under the hood such as streamlining aspects relating to ads, games, fitness etc., and making the overall Google ecosystem operation more efficient and stable.

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Google Play Services is the general overlord of apps, and you're best off when it's up-to-date. / © NextPit

Install Google Play Services: the easy way

Keeping Google Play Services up-to-date is beneficial for all users, even the most casual ones, as the improved efficiency it brings will save battery life and improve offline services.

The simplest way to always have the latest version of Google Play Services installed is to keep an eye on this page, where we'll provide you with a download link to the very latest versions available in the Play Store. Just tap the install button below to ensure you have the current version.

However, as with most things Android, there are always newer and better versions available if you're willing to put in a little more effort. For example, there are multiple versions of Google Play Services for the different versions of Android you might have. So, if you want the very latest version, just follow the steps below.

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First, you need to know which version of Android you have. / © NextPit

Install Google Play Services: the technical way

Users who want to make absolutely sure they have the latest updates, or want to access a beta or test different versions of Google Play Services, might want to use a more technical method. This can be useful for app developers, or for anyone who is suffering from a software error that blocks Google Play Services from updating normally.

First, you'll need to know which version of Android you have.

  • Go to Settings > About Phone (or just About on some devices) and look for Android Version or Software information

Then, you'll need to check which apps are allowed to install from unknown sources.

  • Go to Settings and then Apps. Find the app, which you will be installing from - usually your mobile browser or a file explorer. Tap on it.
  • Scroll down until you see the Advanced section. There you should find Install unknown apps. Tap on it and tick Allow from this source.
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You can allow your mobile browser or file explorer to install from unknown sources. / © NextPit

Next, you need to know use that same browser to find an APK of Google Play Services. Here's how you do that.

Download Google Play Services APK

Now you simply have to choose the right Google Play Services version for you. You can find the latest versions of Google Play Services hosted on APK Mirror and it's always a good idea to select the latest stable version and not a beta version. Then, just download and install Google Play Services onto your phone.

Did you find this guide useful? Any tips or information you think we missed out on? Let us know in the comments!

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  • I have a lenovo TB3-X07F and google play services did not come preinstalled so I'm having difficulties in installing it when I do try its saying unfortunately its stop working and my device is useless without the service can you help me please..

  • This method Working 100%

  • Thank you so much.It has been a rough time for me trying to solve the problem i'm facing.Now i can dowload the new google play service version and not stuck at issue "Turn on sync" while logging in Chrome.That made my day.Love you 😘,i hope you will keep writing more useful guide like this.Sorry for my bad english skill XD

  • Renu Dec 27, 2019 Link to comment

    I don't know what went wrong my play store is not even do i fix it😭😭

  • dangelo

  • I cannot believed that man walked on the moon' but its impossible to update Google play.

    • That a lie also, I can't get telephone and internet together 😬😬👽👽but they sent a metal device in the atmosphere,to an unknown place,, ????😿🙊🙉🙈🌛🌜🌝can try to fool all the people all the time

      • Sooo, because you are too stupid to figure out how to button your own shirt... that EQUATES to the moon landings being fake? LOL What? That's not any kind of algebra taught in an actual school. It's hard to admit that you're a dumbass, and I can sympathize with that... but the facts are... the moon landings are clearly real... but I'm I'm having the damnedest time trying to convince myself that YOU actually exist. My condolences... hit me up if you are having an urgent need to commiserate. Thanks buddy, I really needed a good laugh.

  • Citra Sep 25, 2019 Link to comment

    Suddenly i got notification on my phone that my google play store has stopped , but i don't know why. Then I've tried some ways above, but it doesn't work.
    Can anyone tell my what should i do now?

  • Honor 8 google play services play store gmail driv not download hellp me

  • No matter what I do the app won't download what should I do google play services was disabled by accident.

  • you should NOT update play services unless you absolutely need to. I recently updated, and now my phone is plastered with ads every. Previous ad blocking is no longer working.

  • I recently got a different phone, and the google play store version on this one doesn't seem to have all the apps the other phone I had did and I really wanted to see if I could update it. Well, I checked the version I have and the numbers/letters, etc, look ABSOLUTELY NOTHING like they usually do and since I couldn't find a way to place a screenshot here I'll just write it down. I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Version 7.0 and this is what it says in the google play store app in my phone:
    Version 12.4.30-all[0] [PR] 220544349
    Can someone please help me figure out what this means and how to update it? Thanks

  • Thanks

  • Not open my play store

  • Didn't an updated play service within the last month have a bug, that screwed up the play store or google pay?

  • Pls help me with this problem when try to update apps or download app it says that "can't download app error[0]" and I try to clear date or cache and still its not working...
    Any suggestion will be appreciated..
    Pls help me ASAP

  • Did not work for me on my tablet as I have 9 figures after the hyphen.

  • Wgoogle play

  • This "technical way" worked for me. MotoG, android5.1. Once I had got an uncorrupted version of the Google Play Services from the mirror and downloaded the CPU-Z program, the whole reinstallation went on automatically and saved me a lot of time. Thanks.


  • bhhh

  • Just checked my Google play services version and I currently have 11.3.02. I'm guessing that what version IDs on your device is dependent on what OS version you're running.

  • To all those who have tried to download the latest version, if you are in anyway unsure or are not confident about how to ensure you have the correct version, then do not proceed. The app will be updated to the latest version automatically via the Google Play Store.
    You run the risk of having major problems with the wrong version being used.

    Only carry out additional features if you are confident about what you are doing.

    Peace 🖖🏼

  • Scott Jul 14, 2017 Link to comment

    I found that I had to install the google services app to my phones system app folder or I got an error 0 message and wasn't able to download!! You need a root file explorer that can install the apk to the phones folder to do so! I used ES file explorer. I had root deleted the app. ...actually I think I just moved the apk and the phone installed it automatically.

  • Thank you (is it Scott?). After deleting my Google Services in an attempt to get an app installed, numbnuts Samsung rep told me I would have to do a factory reset on my phone. Your instructions worked perfectly, the first time. My phone is Galaxy 2, SGH-T989. I am grateful.

  • This Jove me may phone know this so happy, and know this all my sweet phone

  • H E L L O , Moto G (1st generation) XT1032 Lollipop 5.1 . . .
    Trying to solve a Google Play Services update issue I am now locked into a loop
    "Android is starting... Optimising app 14 of 52".
    I succeed in accessing "Recovery" and I have carried out "wipe data/factory reset" 3 (or more) times.
    On "Reboot" the Moto logo appears. After a long wait I get a dark screen and the "Android is starting... Optimising app 1 of 52" starts all over again . . . what is your advice ? . . .

  • I solved the problem on ZTE Blade Q, tnx for assistence, i`m happy now :)

  • And here.

  • If 8 as the first number means android TV then why does my marshmallow device have 8?

  • Intex Aqua with Version 5.1, not able to update any app.
    Please help.

  • Excellent service

  • It is the worst Google download I have ever come across this new version of Google play service how do you download it. Got know Google at all. .Google services

  • but mine is a samsung duos and it says android version 5.1.1
    version 3.0.27[59913-05]
    don't know what to do, pls help me through

  • AissiA Jan 16, 2017 Link to comment

    Hi, I am sorry , I might be a bit stupid. I got the 3 numbers thing, my number is 248 but what about the version?. By deduction I took the version from the time I got my phone November 2015 but I am not sure if it worked. I installed an app, APK Installer, to install the file I downloaded but still having problems with google. Google app does not work and most of the apps tell me they are not supported by the phone cause is not compatible with Google Play Services. I am desperate, I rooted my phone and I thought it would work properly and I still have this problems...Is there anything I am doing wrong? Maybe the version?

  • Google play service

  • Yea me for the almost the same thing to but it says u need to sign in to ur Google account and which I already am but it says authentication is required need to sign in to your Google account. I'm already signed in. Will some body please help me update Google play services. Please

  • vijay Dec 21, 2016 Link to comment

    play store update

  • sir i have qmobile s1 and got problem first time ever problem is my gmail account is not sign in on my smartphone because google play services is not available in my smartphone i reset many times but always got same problem
    tell me any solution u have tell me must
    Best Regards
    Abdullah Parekh

  • So, I have a fire tablet hd 7, and I would like to know if it would be smart to download this? I got Snap chat off of an online app store, and it needs Google Play services to run. Thank you!

  • Please Reset And Install Google Updated Play Store Free.

  • Go Mad Oct 27, 2016 Link to comment


  • Using Sony Xperia J ST26i (Andorid version 4.1.2) - rooted phone and unstalled playstore anf google app accidently.
    Which Play store version need to install it?

  • They still update that article although you shouldn't update Google Play Services yourself... I'll just copy what I said 2 months ago:

    "AndroidPit should remove this article...

    You shouldn't manually update Google Play Services: chances are that Google apps (and some other that use Google Play Services) will crash.
    To resolve this, the only solution is to factory reset.
    It's what I had to do although I verified which version was the right one for my phone"

  • This might have been attempted, you maybe able to update from the chrome browser/ or whatever browser you choose... Beside the browsers address bar you should have a setting button, click it so menu pops up, change view to internet view, then go to Google Play Store on the web page , try downloading update from there. When you initially start device make sure your WiFi is connected during wizard setup as well, common mistake is info you put in doesn't match what your Google play account recognizes.. Not sure how much this will help, my buddy just argued that he typed the proper information as what it was, but then to humour me he decides to factory reset again, this time putting in another gmail/ mailing address and to his surprise it works!! Lmfao!! He thought it was another account name.. His works again

  • Hi i just update my Samsung note 3 today 17/07/16. I can't open my Gmail and i get a message that Google play service update, I redirected tl tbe the page. but am informed that my device (Samsung Galaxy Note 3) does not support this version. I have gone through your instructions. My google services version is 3.2.25 (761454-30) so I am at a loss to decide which version apk to download. Can you help me please?

  • Jade Jul 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Please help me. Gmail wont open because I get a message to update Google Play Services. I am redirected to update page but am informed that my device (Samsung Galaxy Note 3) does not support this version. I have gone through your instructions. My google services version is 3.2.25 (761454-30) so I am at a loss to decide which version apk to download. Can you help me please?

  • Google Play Services not working. =(

  • I got a new prototype tablet based on mt8783 chipset from China factory that does not have play store. The factory said there is no official android for that chipset yet from Google. Google play or even Google play services do not install. So I cannot add Google account or run gmail or youtube app. Is there a solution for that?

  • Hi guys I need help. Maybe someone know which google play i can install on Samsung s2 with android 6.0.1 marshalow? Please

  • Yes I will like to benefit

  • Big thanks to the This page is very useful. It helps me to fix my phone once I lost my Google Play Services. Reading through its instruction carefully, and I was led to a download page. Then I got a right thing there. To this stuff, I have been spending a week to search for. And it will never be provided by any mobile phone service center too. When I brought my crashed mobile phone to my service and confessed them I had uninstalled the Google Play Services by mistake, they never thought twice on how to fix it. I was simply given an answer that the phone needed to be hard reset.

  • AndroidPit should remove this article...

    You shouldn't manually update Google Play Services: chances are that Google apps (and some other that use Google Play Services) will crash.
    To resolve this, the only solution is to factory reset.
    It's what I had to do although I verified which version was the right one for my phone

  • Google not working

  • Need het back to my email

  • Can you helped me. Thank you.

  • I started using my nexus 5 again and after updating to v 5.1 I found that I had authentication problems with my google accounts registered on that phone so I logged back into my main gmail account and found that I am able to download from the playstore but could not update google play music or go to my pictures without needing to update google play services. Every time I am redirected to the page to update it I am asked to sign in and when I hit the button it reloads the same error message. I cannot log out to see if i can reset it and when I tried to follow the directions here I am brought back to the heart of my problem - I still need to be able to log in. Please help!

  • I'm surprised they keep updating this article instead of deleting it. Read my comment from 2 months ago: never update this app manually, big chances that it'll be bugged as hell and you'll have to factory reset your phone

  • This article is a bad idea: never manually update Google Play Services. It will update itself with no trouble.
    If you do it manually, there is a big risk to see all your google apps (gmail, play store, google keep,...) crashing.
    It's what I had and what other people here had. You'll have to reset the factory settings

  • I insalled Version 8.7.03, my phone is on this level also up to date now. Just now recieving Android 6.0 on my Moto E second Gen. LTE in Europe and i am verry pleased with my Moto E.

  • version 8.7.03 is now up:

  • Not a big fan of play store it often crashes and consumes more data.I use amazon app store and zedge.Though there are less number of apps in app store it offer some good quality apps and prizes

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    Deactivated Account Mar 4, 2016 Link to comment

    That's great!

  • Thank you, I lack this qpp and service

  • I want use tihs service on my blackberry :|

    Why it's not possible :-(

  • Just an idea, how about writing an app for getting the latest version of Google Play Services for the very device you are running the app on

  • hi! I just bought a meizu mx5 from china, and I receid a chinese version and I try to install google play and the others google services and is impossible..
    anyone has the same problem? What can I do?
    I can download some apps from ""the other app service from china "" but I need youtube, gmail, wallapop, maps.. etc..
    can you help me?

  • My Lenovo phone keeps popping up messages of google play services has stopped working. How to fixed it? Please any suggestions.

  • My Google Play Services stopped working. Can't access emails and apps. Advice pl.

  • My Google play stopped working

  • Hello Kris tell me. .

  • I hope ya can help me get Google back cause I don't know how I tried to do it

  • How to fix the ERROR INCOMPATIBLE WITH OTHER APPLICATION USING THE SAME SHARED USER ID. When everytime i install google play services.. please help thanks

  • Hey i want to know about a custom app which is supporatable to my device Lenovo vibe p1 that can lock other apps using fingerprint sensor i tried many apps but none of them are supporatable to my device.

  • It's great

  • No rush, will wait and get it when it is rolled to my region.

  • Thanks for the information. Cooee Messenger- Messaging into the future!

  • Think this will work with Amazon's new Fire tablet?

  • I honestly don't understand any of those info.. I check my phone (Nokia XL) and it shows 036 at the end of the parenthesis.. Now how will I choose the correct APK to update Google Services?

  • Extremely poorly written and researched "guide". My phone does not show DPI, even in CPU Z, there are two values for DPI, not just one. The cpu architecture is not one of those listed and the guide makes no effort to acknowledge this possibility. Useless. Anyone have experience with the horrid galaxy centura that can help me get play services installed?

  • I think i new.. hola

  • So, the info given above shows us which version of Play Services is the right one for our devices.
    Now, my Nexus 4 would need version "...-236", but on the download page there's -234 and it jumps directly to -238. "4" means 240 dpi and the "8" means 480 dpi. My device has 318 ppi, but there's no -236 version there. Does anyone have any idea why is that?

    • Lin Sep 4, 2015 Link to comment

      Mine was 438 and went to 238. So my number version changed the first number not the 3rd one. I'm guessing each phone maybe different. How I ended up figuring it out was googling what I needed for the phone and the model of it. Believe me it was not an overnight task. But I am cautious.

    • Lin Sep 4, 2015 Link to comment Try this link maybe this one might help oh since I am new the link would have to have the http and www in front of what I posted. I got rejected because I am new and thought I was showing spam.

    • You should be able to use version 230 and the 0 is universal. My previous version was 430 and I installed 230 which worked. I think the universal option is for phones with a DPI that it not covered by the other versions.

  • Am new to this.. followed all instr (Moto G V1, Google play Serv Ver 7.8.99 [213422-036]...) want to go to Sep2,15 update Ver 8.105 [2218116-036]... but Google play says I have have it installed and stops me from adding it. So... what I am I doing wrong?

    • Lin Sep 3, 2015 Link to comment

      What I had to do was give it permission in security I unchecked to download third party app. Since it isn't coming directly through Google play but from someone else. I am not familiar with your phone so it may differ how to do this from phone to phone.

  • Lin Sep 3, 2015 Link to comment

    The new version of google play services helped my problem with my in app maps from crashing. Thank you. I was about to have my phone reverted to KitKat, except I really love the features of Lollipop 5.0.
    Thanks again. Happy me, happy phone.

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  • Pls i net play store Dounlod

  • Ok

  • Why can't we get these updates on Google PlayStore ???
    why we have to download it from other sites !!

    • You do actually get these automatically from Google, but there are those amongst us that like to have the very latest of everything all the time. As soon as a new version appears we want it, so we download from elsewhere so we don't have to wait for Google to send it to us.

    • Lin Sep 3, 2015 Link to comment

      Exactly, that is what I would like to know. It is nice there are people out there that take of this.
      Not a biggie to download though.

  • Hi again Asus MeMO tablet android 4.3 my error message is wrong architecture my google play servicess is over 3.1.59(736673-30 factory setting...I don't know how to download the right version please help

  • Hi I have a Asus MeMO tablet.. android's says wrong architecture google play has been installed with an architecture(x86) which is different from your device architecture(Armani v.7a) my google play services version is 7.8.95.(2113048(070) the error message just pop up again...please help me to download the version

  • Downloaded the newest version all seems to be good.
    Why doesn't Google push these versions on the play store?

  • Very very good

  • Hi I have just updated Google play services on my Samsung S5 and now I get the following message: Wrong architecture- Google Play services have been installed with an architecture (x86) that is different from your device architecture (armeabi-v7a)
    I am trying to uninstall to revert back but unable as no uninstall is possible.
    Any help would be appreciated.

    • You must have downloaded the wrong version.
      You need to re check your version and re download the correct one. Don't panic it will work ok.

    • Lin Sep 3, 2015 Link to comment

      Make sure you have the right version of Google Play services.

  • Can't install after downloading. Says : problem parsing download: another words, it won't install at all. It has a problem! ! Please fix!! Zte Zmax

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  • Hi all ,
    Is there an App or such that stops all the other less used apps from battery flogging that you don't need when your using your main daily apps, without going to physically to Disable them. I have one that just 'Optimizes' but they start up again soon automatically.
    I have a ZOPO 999 Pro, 4.4.5, with an AN TU TU rating of 47558 ... she really rocks !

    Awaiting for your 'knowledgeable' and extensive knowledge !!

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