3 Ways to Get Google Play Store Now on Your Android Device

There are now several ways to get the Google Play Store download–to replace the Android Market icon on your Android smartphone, tablet, or phablet–ahead of the update that is slowly being pushed out by Google. We’re hearing that Google is rolling out the update to its Nexus series devices first–including the latest Galaxy Nexus–and then Verizon Wireless devices as well as Google TV users are among some of the early birds to receive the update. For everyone else, you can either wait for the update to get pushed out to you, or you can attempt one of the following steps to get Google Play installed on your device.

The first way is probably the easiest. If you have Google Music, Google Books, or Google Movies installed on your device, heading into Android Market will prompt you to update these apps. They’ll be updated to Play Music, Play Books, and Play Movies respectively. You can open one of those apps and hit the store icon, which will then take you to the new Google Play Store where you’ll be prompted to accept the new terms and conditions for the new Play Store. From there, the app will update in the background and you’ll no longer see Android Market on your smartphone or tablet.

The second way is to go into your settings menu. From the home screen, hit the menu button, and go to settings. Next go to applications, and then manage applications and click on the all tab at the top. Scroll down to Market and clear your data and cache. Once you open Android Market, you’ll be prompted to accept the new terms and conditions of Google Play and then the app will update itself.

With the above two methods, you may need to restart your Android device if you still see Android Market and not the Google Play Store after.

And finally, the third method is to download the APK from the Google Play Store, which was provided on Android-centric blog Droid-life. You can download the APK from MediaFire. Installing the APK would replace the Android Market app.


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  2. Hmm.  I have a Motorola Photon 4g (Sprint).  The market app updated itself to Google Play abt 2 hrs ago.

  3. Help! What is going on with this crap, guys? My HTC Evo automatically updated to Google Play Store hours ago and all of my music, pictures and videos seem to have been removed. They are actually still on the SD card when I connect to my laptop, but they don’t show in my gallery or HTC Music Player. Within the last hour my phone started constantly rebooting, but never comes on. This sucks so bad. I can’t even use my phone now. I am outraged with Google! May day, may day! Help!

  4. After the Play Store update, it now crashes so I can’t get to it from the app.  Any idea what to do?

  5. Chuong, you are simply amazing. I’m so glad I found this page. I read your article and fixed my problem in just seconds on my Motorola Xoom. Thanks so much.

  6. My Market won’t update for the life of me… My brother (who has the same phone) has had it for about a week and I’m starting to get really angry. And Verizon told me that I will just wake-up one day with the new market.

  7. Hi, I tried the second solution for my Galaxy Tab 10.1, to no avail: still no Play Store app! Still the Market App. What is worse: I can not find neither Play books nor Play music when I put them in the Market search box. It looks my tablet is stuck in a pre Play store era and does not know of Play store at all… Has anyone come across the same issue? Have you got a fix? Look forward to reading from you, thank you.

  8. I have tried everything.  I can’t get Google Play on my GT-P7510 wifi tablet.  I get as far as the 4shared.com site and then selecting the google play store apk but it won’t give me a download screen.

  9. Every time i type in the url for the google play store it just takes me back to google and will not let me load the full google play store? Any ideas on what to do?

  10. Thank for the tips! I had trouble downloading Instagram (been wanting to use this app a while now) since I didnt have Google play store. I just use method #1 and downloaded Google music and it automatically led to the google play store update. Woo!

  11. i updated but when i try to install an app it says error retrieving information from server…somebody help me please:(….

  12. i did what you told me i went to my applications and clear the market data and cache and then i went to market and i accepted the terms but when it opened it was still the same market it did not change to google play . please help me .

  13. Never Mind I Restarted The Phone And The Google Play Was On It Thank You Very Much It Really Help Your AWESOME !! Lol Take Care Bye .

  14. I have a motorola defy and it still hasn’t updated. I can’t find google music on my market and after clearing the cache it didn’t ask me to accept terms and conditions..?

  15. I CAN NOT THANK YOU enough. I had a problem w/ my cell and The guy @ AT&T uninstalled Google play. He said oops Well You will have to set it to factory Settings. I couldn’t get any Apps reinstalled, it was a mess. I have called and looked @ every website to try to get Google play back. The whole time here it was. It was So Easy! Thank You sooooo Very Much! CC

  16. hello. i have this tablet given by my sister from Italy. I dont any idea with this android market. please help me to find this or what will i do so that i can download apps.

    The brand of my tablet is mediacom, unit is smartpad 850i.

    i hope you can help me. thanks in advance

  17. Please help anybody. I cannot use Google Play on Android 2.3 phone, it keeps telling me no connection, whereas there is connection because I can connect through browsers flawlessly. Anyone with a solution?

  18. Solution Found! (after 4 days of calling everyone and going nuts!)

    I had the problem of my Androids Market not upgrading! I tried all 3 steps: Step 1 Didn’t have Google Music.
    Step 2 I deleted Data and Cache in Market App BUT it WOULD NOT
    upgrade my Market to Google Play Store even after reeboot.
    Step 3 Downloaded Google Store APK file to my SD Card but didn’t
    have a File Explorer program on my phone to open it up.
    I reset my Dell Streak phone to Default Settings for my phone. It
    erases all Data on phone BUT it finally worked.
    When I rebooted, I went through the Setup for my phone (as if it
    was a new phone just bought, you have to set Date/Time Google
    Account, etc.)
    When the Phone Setup was done I went into Market and Accepted
    the Terms and Conditions AND THEN it Finally Upgraded to Google
    Play Store!
    I hope this helps some people. I’m sure even if your having other types of problems reseting your phone back to Default Settings might help your problems!

  19. Please make sure your Device is on the LIST for Supported Devices for Google Play Store.
    Also when I set my phone to Default Settings it erased the Data on the phone BUT it did NOT ERASE any Data from my SD Card! Save anything you can to your SD Card before Reseting your phone.

  20. google play on my home computer shows my new device but google play on my computer at work, google does not display my new device. I have downloaded and installed apps from the new device itself and also from my home computer.

  21. i Can’t find my Android phone name in my laptop when i open google store to install app.. only i see the old Android phone name.
    how can i fix it ???

  22. thanks a lot. i used the second method and it worked for me after rebooting the device again showed market but after some time the Play Store icon appeared n its working now

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