Android has gained momentum and is becoming the most preferred choice of operating system for smartphones across the world.
There are two vital reasons why this is so. First, Android is usually the first operating system to get updates to apps in its app store. Second, when you decide that Android is what suits you best, you have a gamut of manufacturers from whom you can pick up your handset based on various factors such as price, size and reliability to mention just a few. As we all know, the Google Play Store app is the heart of any Android device from where we download and install our favorite apps. But, did you know that the Google Play Store by itself gets updatedin the background? You can set this update to happen automatically. If this does not happen for some reason, you can do this manually on your own.
Automatically Updating Google Play Store
Setting up your smartphone for an automatic update of Google Play Store is very easy and not as difficult as you think. All that you have to ensure as a prerequisite are that you have an uninterrupted Wi-Fi connection as far as possible and auto-update settings are on by default. To check for the latter setting, open the Play Store app and single press on the menu button indicated by a three horizontal and parallel lines (usually on the top left side). Scroll down till you reach the Settings subsection and tap on it to list the various options available. In the Settings screen, check for Auto-update apps under the General section. Make sure the Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi setting is turned to on. Finally, as a cross check, once again make sure that your handset is connected to a Wi-Fi network. If not, do turn this on too.
Manually Updating Google Play Store
Although very unlikely to happen, there can be times when you are not able to get your Google Play Store automatically updated. When this happens, you will be forced to opt for a manual update. To do this, you will have to first confirm if an update is available and whether it is the current version installed on your smartphone or tablet. Like the automatic update, this process is very simple and involves just a couple of steps to be followed. Follow the same steps mentioned above to get to the Settings window. Now scroll on till you get to the Build Number option. It must be noted that to get to this option, you will have to get right to the bottom of the Settings menu.This option indicates the version of the build currently in use. Tap on this and you will be told if new build version is available for download and installation. When you press OK as an indication to go ahead, the download process followed by installation starts. This update just takes a few minutes to happen.You can go back to the Build Version option in the Settings menu to see a later number representing the updated build version. For self-confirmation, once again tap on this option and you will get a prompt stating that you are already using the latest build. This confirmation message also appears if you are already using the latest build version.
What to Do If Your Smartphone Does Not Feature the Google Play Store App
Very rarely, there are possibilities that you own a mobile device that without the Google Play Store app. In this case, you will have to opt for manual download and installation of this app from reliable third party websites. However, you must bear in mind that to do this, your smartphone will have to be rooted. Following the rooting, you can execute some simple instructions for the download to take place. To get started, allow your handset to support installation from unknown sources. Access the Settings of your device and get to the Security option. In this menu, you will find an Unknown sources check box. Activate this so that you can update your Play Store from third party web sources.
Visit an authentic and reliable website and download the latest version of the app. After this is done, check the Notifications area of your device for the APK file. When you tap on this, you will be told that a system program will get replaced. If you agree to this, just tap OK to see the list of permissions needed for installation and choose Install. When this is over, you can open the Google Play Store and start accessing it like usual.
As and when the Play Store gets updated, you will gain access to newer and better features. For example, the latest or current version of the app allows you to test the apps in it without actually having to download them first.