The Google Play Store is the world's largest and safest repository of Android apps. It updates automatically, but users can force a manual update.By Kishalaya KunduPublishedShareTweetEmail
The Google Play Store updates automatically on Android by default, but users can also force a manual update to get the latest features and bug fixes. The Play Store is the most popular way to get apps and services on Android and comes pre-installed on all standard Android devices. Thanks to various security features, it is also one of the safest ways to download Android apps, including the Play Protect service that scans and removes malware before apps are installed.
The Play Store is the largest repository of Android apps globally for phones, tablets, Android TV and Wear OS devices. Therefore, keeping the Play Store updated is an essential part of the security process on Android, as Google often updates the app with the latest security features and bug fixes. As mentioned already, the app is updated automatically under most conditions, but the process described below enables users to force an update manually if one is available.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
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To manually update Google Play Store on an Android device, fire up the app and tap on the profile icon at the top-right corner. From the profile menu, select 'Settings' and then hit 'About' to expand the menu. In the expanded menu, users will see the Play Store version, and underneath that will be a link to update the Play Store. So hit the 'Update Play Store' link to begin the update process. If an update is available, the new version will start to download, but if it is already up-to-date, users will see a pop-up message saying, "Google Play Store is up to date." Tap 'Got it' to close the message.
It is worth noting that sometimes, the updates might not show up normally for all devices. In that case, the only way to update the app would be through an APK (Android application PacKage) download. APKs are Android installation files that can be infested with malware, so users need to be doubly cautious before downloading and installing such files on their devices. However, APKMirror is a trusted source for APK downloads on Android. So go over to the Play Store download page on APKMirror and download the latest Google Play Store APK by following the instructions on the site. By default, Android does not allow users to install third-party APKs because of security reasons. So to install the file, users will have to first enable 'Install from Unknown Sources' before proceeding any further.
To do that, go to the 'Settings' menu on the Android device, tap on 'Security,' and enable the 'Unknown Sources' option. In some devices, users might find the 'Unknown Sources' option within Privacy settings or App settings instead of device settings. Either way, when trying to enable the option, Google will warn users about the potential dangers of installing files from unknown sources, but disregard that and hit 'OK' to agree with the terms and conditions. This should enable the installation of any type of APK file from third-party sources. Just make sure that the files being downloaded are from trusted sites like APKMirror to prevent installing viruses and other malware.
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Source: Google, APKMirror