Are you seeing an “Google Play Service has stopped” error in Android? These troubleshooting steps will help you fix the problem.
Don’t panic if you get the “Google Play Service stopped” error message. Here are 10 quick and easy fixes to stop the Play Store from stopping working.
These steps will help you start with the easiest options first. These tips won’t work if Android is modified with custom firmware. This introduces additional variables.
What is the Cause of “Unfortunately Google Play Service Has Stopped”?
Most Play Store stops are due to network or software problems.
There is one exception to this rule: Google sometimes accidentally releases the wrong version Google Play for your device.
Let’s begin with the simplest and most straightforward methods to fix Google Play Services that keeps stopping. Then we will move on to more difficult steps.
1. Restart your device
Although this may seem obvious, we are not trying to offend you. Most Play Store issues can be fixed by turning your device off and on again.
To restart your Android device:
- Keep the power button down until you see the Shutdown menu.
- Select the power-down icon.
- After the device has shut down completely, turn it on again by pressing the power button.
- Check the Play Store to see if you have a solution.
2. Google Services and Play Store are updated
An outdated version of Google Play and the Google Services Framework may cause problems. If you experience problems, make sure to check for updates.
- Launch Google Play Store.
- Click on the profile icon at the top-right Play Store menu, to the right of search bar.
- Tap Manage Apps & Device to see a list with pending updates. You can update your apps by tapping Update all.
- If an update is available, this should be used to update Google Services Framework.
- You can also open the menu to the left and click Settings. Scroll down to the bottom and tap Play Store Version to view the Google Play Store version.
- Start your device again and launch the Play Store.
3. Switch from Cellular Data to Wi Fi (or vice-versa)
You might get the error “Unfortunately, Play Store has stopped functioning” if your internet connection is slow. Sometimes, there won’t be any error messages. Sometimes, the Play Store may not start downloading files at all or fail to download them.
The solution is simple in both cases. Switch to Wi-Fi if you are using mobile data. Switch to Wi-Fi if you are using mobile data.
4. You can change the date and time
Google Play Services could fail if you have incorrect date and time settings. This is easy to fix:
- Start Settings, and then select Systems.
- Select Date and time from this menu.
- If is not already enabled, check Check that your device is selecting the correct time.
- You can still set up a manual time if you have problems with the automatic function. Tap on Set Time.
- Restart your device, then try the Play Store again.
5. Clear Google Play Services Data (and the Cache)
Google Play Store and Google Play Services (the Google Services Framework app does not appear as an independent app) both support Google apps. We recommend that you wipe all data from Google Play and then restart your phone.
The Wipe Data option will also wipe the cache, which is where app data is stored. These are the basics:
- Navigate to Settings > Notifications > View all X apps. Also, find the Google Play Store.
- Select Storage, then Clear storage and Clear data.
- This process can be repeated for Google Play Services. To reveal the Menu, you may have to tap the button in the corner.
- Restart your phone.
6. You can revert to an older version of Google Play Store
Problems with a broken version can be fixed by rolling back (or “rolling back”) the Google Play Store version that came with your tablet or phone. It is simple:
- Open Settings, and select Apps.
- Tap View all X apps to find the Google Play Store application in the list.
- Select Disable in the menu. The process of disabling system apps doesn’t uninstall them; it just replaces them with their original version.
- Re-enable the app again.
- Restart your device.
After rolling back, your device should be able to update to the most recent version of Google Play Store.
7. Google Account Cancelled
Sometimes, an Android device will not correctly add a user account. Sometimes, Google Play Store problems can be fixed by removing the account and adding it again. This is how to do it:
- Go to Setting.
- Choose Accounts.
- Select the Google account that you wish to delete and tap Remove account. To ensure that you don’t lose any data, make sure you have backed it up.
- Add the Google account again and check if the Play Store is working again.
8. Install a Third-Party copy of the Play Store
You can download a copy from third-party APK websites if the above fails. If the above steps fail, you can download a copy of the Play Store from a href=”https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/safe-android-apk-downloads/”>third-party APK website.
To make it easier to download the APK and then install it, you should have a file manager. Ghost Commander can be a great choice if one is not yet installed.
You will also need to allow sideloading of applications on your device. This is slightly different for Android 8 Oreo or newer. Next, go to the following links on your phone to download the APKs.
You can either open them using the browser’s download prompt or locate them with your file manager app. Android will install them as any other app. It can even update them if they get stuck.
9. Factory Reset Your Device
Factory resets will return your device back to its original state. It will then revert back to the original Play Store or other apps. This should resolve your problem almost immediately.
Doing so can also result in the loss of all data on your Android phone including photos and texts. You should back up your Android phone before you go with this option.
Reset your device by plugging it into a power supply and then following these steps:
- Go to Setting.
- Tap System > Advanced > Set options.
- Select To erase all data (factory reset),
- Tap To delete all items from the next menu.
- Follow these steps to set up your device again.
Is the Play Store still not working?
If the methods listed here fail, it is very difficult to fix the “Google Play Service has ceased” error message.
Rooting your device and sideloading specific copies of Play Store can help you fix Play Store problems. For most people, however, it is best to install an alternative to Play Store and then move on.