How to Fix Google Play Apps Won’t Download Error RPC:S-5:AEC-0

Google Play error [RPC:S-5:AEC-0] is an annoying error message Android users see when Google Play apps won’t download.

If Google Play won’t download app updates or even install new apps, this error message is what most users will see. The Google Play error [RPC:S-5:AEC-0] shows up on Android 4.0 and higher and commonly appears after an update to Android 4.2, though that’s not the only reason.

Google offers a way to fix Google Play app download errors, but this multi-step process doesn’t work for many users. Thankfully there is a simple fix, which we share in the video below.

How to Fix Google Play error RPC:S-5:AEC-0. If Google Play apps won't update or install this is a quick fix.

How to Fix Google Play error RPC:S-5:AEC-0. If Google Play apps won’t update or install this is a quick fix.

The good news is users don’t need to perform a hard reset to fix Google Play download problems.

How to Fix Google Play Error [RPC:S-5:AEC-0]

The video below will show how to fix Google Play can’t download apps and app updates in under a minute. There’s no need to reset the phone or wade through deep framework settings, just remove and re-add your account.

In order to fix the Google Play error [RPC:S-5:AEC-0] we need to remove the Google account and re-add it. If there are multiple Google accounts, remove them all by repeating the directions below.


To get started, go to Settings. Once in settings look for Accounts. The location varies from device to device, but it is normally near the middle of the main settings page.

Once on accounts, tap on Google Accounts.

In Google Accounts, scroll down and tap Remove.  When prompted agree to the pop-up warning that this will remove the account.

Close Settings.


Next tap on Google Play. Agree to the terms and conditions.

When prompted tap on Existing Google Account and sign in to your Google account.

After this is completed, updates should start working immediately. If they don’t, try restarting the phone.

  • Once downloads are working, we need to go turn on syncing for the Google account.
  • Go to Settings
  • Accounts
  • Google accounts
  • Tap on your account
  • Put a checkmark next to any service you use, like Gmail, calendar, contacts etc.

This will turn syncing on and get the phone back to where it was before we removed the account.

This should fix the Google Play error RPC:S-5:AEC-0 on phones running Android 4.0 and higher, but if it does not, users may need to perform a hard reset.