October 25, 2014

How To: Update the Google Play Store on your Android without an APK

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It’s usually best to be on the latest version of the Google Play store app on your Android device since from time to time Google releases bug fixes, updates the UI and packs in even more new features.

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Most people either wait until the newest version hits their device or downloads an APK from somewhere on the Internet, but we wanted to tell you there’s a much simpler way and it requires no downloading APKs and sideloading the app. Here is what to do:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app
  2. Open the side slide-out menu by clicking the three lines at the top left
  3. Select “Settings”
  4. Scroll down until you see “Build version”
  5. Click on “Build version”

If a new build of the Play Store is available, you will be prompted to download and install it. If it’s already the latest, you will get a message that reads, “Google Play Store is up to date,” as you can see in the photo above.