While Android users enjoy the benefits of accessing a wide variety of applications for download from the Play Store, many of them express dissatisfaction when it comes to automatic application updates.
It seems that seeing Google Play Store start its update process automatically is not a pleasant experience, so many choose to carry out this process manually.
Disabling automatic Play Store updates
To disable the automatic updates of the Play Store and leave this action in your hands you must enter the Play Store application, display the menu and then select the Settings option. Within this option, click on Auto update apps which will cause a pop-up window to appear in which you must click on the Not auto update app option.
How to update Play Store?
There are 3 ways a user can update Play Store from its Android device:
1. Update Google Play Store from the settings
To update the Play Store through this option, you must follow the instructions below:
- As a first step, run the Google Play Store application by clicking on its icon located on the main screen of your device. Once inside, display the main menu by clicking on the 3 horizontal bars icon located in the upper left corner of the screen.
- There you must click on the Settings option in which you can find the version of Google Play Store that you have installed on your device. Clicking on it will automatically start the process of updating Play Store if there is one available at that time, either to add new features or improve existing ones.
On the other hand, if the Play Store is already updated to the latest version, when you click on the Play Store version in the options menu, a message will appear on the screen indicating that this action has already been carried out.
2.Update Google Play Store by deleting the data
The next method to update Play Store is to delete the data generated during the use of the application. Doing this will cause Google to search for the latest Play Store update automatically. Achieving this will involve meeting the following steps:
- Enter the Settings section by clicking on the icon located on the main screen of your Android device.
- After doing so, click on the Apps & notifications option and then click on All apps. There you’ll find a list of the applications present on your Android device where you’ll have to click on Play Store.
- In the screen corresponding to this application you must click on the Storage option which will take you to the Clear data and Clear cache buttons, which you must press to debug these items from all the temporary files contained there.
When you’ve done this, reboot your Android device and wait for a few minutes until the Play Store update process is complete.
3.Update Google Play Store by installing APK
As the last option to update Play Store is the download of the most recent APK file of the application.
Since the Play Store APK file will be downloaded outside the official Android store, you should make sure that the Unknown sources option on your device is enabled prior to the update process.
However, it is necessary to mention that, to enable this feature, the steps to follow are different for Android devices running a pre or post Oreo version.
For those users with pre-Oreo Android devices, they will need to enter the Settings and then click on the Security/Privacy option where they will find the Unknown sources option which will need to be enabled by changing the switch on the side from grey to blue.
For those users with Android Oreo devices and above, they will need to enter the Settings and then click on the Apps & notifications option.
Here they will have to click on the option Special app Access which will take them to another screen with options from which they will choose the corresponding one with Install unknown sources and then select Chrome because that’s where they will get the APK file. Inside this screen you will find the option Allow from this source which you will have to press to activate and allow the installation of the Play Store APK file.
After doing this, it’s time to download the latest Google Play Store APK file by clicking HERE.
When the download of the APK file is complete, click on it to start the installation on your Android smartphone. You have now successfully completed the task of updating the Play Store by downloading the APK file.