How to Fix Google Play Services Keeps Stopping

Assuming that you always get the “Unfortunately, Google Play Services Has Stopped” message on your Android phone, it means that there are some problems occur in the Google Play app. But, don’t worry , you can find solutions in this guide.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Dec. 31, 2020

Google Play services are used to update Google apps and apps in Google Play. This component provides core functions and can also improve your application experience. If you uninstall Google Play services, the app may not work.

However, when Google Play services appear to fail, the Play Store app will be closed and a message will be displayed on your phone screen saying “Unfortunately Google Play service has stopped.” This error may prevent you from downloading new apps or using the app store on your Android device.

If you also encounter this problem, the first thing you should do is to understand the reason why the error occurs. The following part will tell you what does it mean when Google Play services have stopped?

The Google Play Services App

The Google Play Services App

Why Does It Say Google Play Services Has Stopped?

It can be said that almost all Google Play Services keeps stopping issues are caused by outdated software or network problems.

However, there are also some more complicated reasons, such as system problems, etc., which prevent you from using Google Play Store normally. In the next part, we provide you with several effective methods to help you fix this problem.

How to Fix Google Play Services Has Stopped Error

Method 1. Update the App

The outdated version of the Google Play Services app may be one of the reasons that cause the “Google Play Service keeps stopping” error. Thus, the best solution is to update the app to the latest version. Following the steps below:

Open the Google Play Store on your Android phone > Tap the menu button on the left-top corner > Choose “My Apps & Games” option > Find the “Google Play Services” app that you have installed and tap it > In this interface, click the UPDATE button to update it to the latest version.

The Google Play Services Update

The Google Play Services Update

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Method 2. Check if the Download App is Disabled

Sometimes, we downloaded and installed an application, but did not check the option to allow access to this device, which can also cause this error. Here is how to enable it:

Go to Settings > Apps > Tap on the main menu at the top-right corner > Choose “All” > Download Manager > Enable Google Play Services app.

Check if the Google Play Services is Disabled

Check if the Google Play Services is Disabled

Method 3. Check the Internet Connection

An unstable Wi-Fi internet connection will interrupt the working process of the Google Play Services. If you are in a slow Cellular or wifi network environment, your Android phone will appear this error. You need to change to a stable and strong wifi network to connect.

Check Wi-Fi Connection on Android

Check Wi-Fi Connection on Android

Method 4. Clear Google Play Services App Data and Cache

Try to clean both the Google Play Services and the Google Play Store’s cache and data on your device to fix this error:

Open Settings on your Android phone > Tap Apps > Scroll down to find Google Play Services/ Google Play Store > Click on the Store option and then tap Clear Cache.

Clear Google Play Services Data and Cache

Clear Google Play Services Data and Cache

Method 5. Reset the Preferences of Google Play Services

If the above methods do not help, then you can try to reset the application to its default value may solve the problem. This is due to the fact that some applications may impose any restrictions on Google Play services, resulting in unavailability.

Settings > Applications > Application Manager > Click on the More option or on three dots on the top right corner of the screen > Reset app preferences.

One thing you should know is this method will be different due to the different models of Android phones. So the steps above are for your reference only.

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Method 6. Resetting Your Device

One of the most thorough and effective methods is to reset your Android phone to factory settings. This will quickly solve the system or software problems encountered by the phone. Here is how to do that:

Settings > General management > Scroll down to find and tap on Rest >Choose Factory data to reset.

Factory Reset on Android Phone

Factory Reset on Android Phone

Restoring factory settings will erase all the data and settings on the phone. If you want to do this step, please back up important data in the phone, such as photos, contacts, music, etc.

The Bottom Line

All of the above is about how to fix the “Google Play Service keeps stopping” error. If you get help from it, please share this article with friends and family.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.