Many Android users have encountered a problem of sorts with Google Play Store at some point during their experience with the app.
Most of the time, an error or glitch goes away by itself, but it persists and heavily affects performance in some cases.
The most common problems consist of error messages when trying to download new apps, sudden crashes, or the app failing to launch.
Here are the top fixes for those problems:
Checking The Basics
First of all, make sure that your internet connection is stable and reliable, whether it’s wi-fi or mobile.
Then, check your date and time settings, as they have a say in the process of downloading and installing new apps.
Force Stopping Google Apps
If the Play Store is frozen or keeps glitching, you can force close it by swiping it away or by going to settings -> apps & notifications -> see all apps -> Google Play Store -> Force Stop.
Make sure that Google Play is up to date and clean.
If it is up to date, but the problem persists, go to the same menu as before, but instead of tapping force stop, tap the clear cache button.
In most cases, that fixes the problem.
If Google Play Store isn’t up-to-date, make sure that you update it!
Updating Google Play Services
Google Play Services is an app that takes care of all Google-based apps.
It comes pre-installed on all Android devices along with Google Play Store and YouTube.
If Google Play Services isn’t updated, many apps can act up, including Google Play.
Try clearing Google Play Services cache.
If that does not work, try force stopping and disabling it, just like you did with Google Play Store.
Re-enable it after some time.
If that still does not fix the problem, check out Google’s support forums for more help.
Brian Dan is just getting his feet wet as a tech reporter but has already had his work featured in many major publications including Tech Spot and Tech Crunch. In regards to academics, Brian earned a degree in business from Fordham University. Brian has a passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.