6 Tips to Fix Google Play Store not Working on Android

Want to fix the problem of Google play store not working on Android phone? Here in this article, we’ll show you several quick solution to fix it.

By Abby Walsh | Posted: Mar. 07, 2018, Last Updated: Apr. 18, 2018
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Working as a mediator between Android users and their precious apps, Google Play Store can always help you get the best apps, games. Movies, TV, book and more to your Android device with ease. But there are chances that Google Play stops working and can not download apps on Android. At this time, how can we fix it in a fast and simple way?

You may have searched on the Internet and found some tricks, and then tried them one by one but none of them worked. Actually there is no official solution to this problem, so we collected several common and useful tips to fix Google Play Store not working problem. Let’s move on to get more details.

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6 Tips to Fix Google Play Store Not Working on Android Device

Tip 1. Force Quit the Google Play Store.
Sometime the solution is just as simple as a force closing to the Google Play Store. You can swipe away the Google Play Store on your multi-tasking app switcher. Or you could go to Settings > Apps > All and then access the Google Play Store and tap on “Force stop”.

Tip 2. Clear the Google Play Store Cache.
The cache can pile up in the Google Play Store app and slow down the loading speed or even cause the Google Play Store not downloading apps on Android. By wiping the Google Play Store cache your Google Play Store may work again on your Android device. Go to Settings > Apps or Application manager, it depends on your device. Scroll down and hit Clear cache or you may need to first go into Storage then Clear cache.

Tip 3. Delete Google Play Store Data.
If clearing the Google Play Store cache is still not working, then you can try to delete Google Play Store data may fix this issue. Go to Settings and go into the App Manager > select “Clear Data”. After this, your files, settings, accounts, databases and other information will be erased and it will have to sign in and pick up all the data again next time you access the Google Play Store.

Tip 4. Remove and Reset your Google Account.
Some users would suggest to reset your Google account to fix the problem of Google Play Store not working on Android. Just go to Settings > Accounts and select your Google account. Tap on the 3-dot menu button and hit “Remove”. Then add your account again and try to access to the Google Play Store.

Tip 5. Disable your VPN on Android Device.
VPN is a great way to access all your favorite media outside your geographic location, but your VPN may cause your Google Play Store not downloading apps on Android. So try to turn off the VPN on Android device: Settings >  tap More or More networks depending on your device. Tap VPN and toggle it off.

Tip 6. Delete the “hosts.txt” file on Android.
Before start, you need to know that this method requires rooting your device so this is more suitable for these advanced users who have already rooted their device. Open your root-privileged file explorer of choice > go to your root/system directory and search for “hosts.txt” and delete the file. Just be careful and don’t touch other system files.

Bonus Tip: How to Transfer Apps from Android to PC/Mac Computer

Google Play Store not working on Android is quite annoying when you want to get some apps to your smartphones, and you can transfer some apps from Android phone to computer as a local backup. For this purpose, AnyTrans for Android is helpful to move apps from Android to computer with ease. Here we’ll show you the detailed steps to move apps from Android to computer.

Step 1 Download and install AnyTrans for Android to your Windows/Mac computer. Then run it on your computer and connect your Android phone via a USB cable.

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Step 2 Scroll down on the homepage and click on Apps.

 How to Transfer Apps from Android to Computer – Step 2

How to Transfer Apps from Android to Computer – Step 2

Step 3 Select the apps you want to transfer to computer and click To Computer button to start moving apps from Android to PC/Mac.

How to Transfer Apps from Android to Computer – Step 3

How to Transfer Apps from Android to Computer – Step 3

The Bottom Line

With these quick tips we offered above, you should have solved the issue of Google Play Store not working on Android phones. And for the safekeeping of your apps on Android, transferring apps from Android to computer via AnyTrans for Android is an option to go. Why not get it to your computer and have a free trial?

Abby Walsh

Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan and a horror movie lover. Always be willing to solve all kinds of Apple-related issues as well as Android's.

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