How to install and uninstall Google Play on Android

We explain in simple steps how to install and uninstall the Google Play Store on your Android device.

How to install Google Play

If you don’t have the Google Play Store app installed on your smartphone or tablet, or you accidentally uninstalled it, look for the green one Downloadbutton at the end of this guide and tap on it. When the download is complete, open it from the on-screen notification or the Downloads folder on your device.

Open the file downloaded from our webOpen the file downloaded from our web

Tap Install in the lower right corner to start the installation. On Android 7 or lower, if you check the box Unknown origint for the installation, you must activate it. You can search for it in your device’s settings menu, but usually your device will ask if you want to install the APK file from unknown sources when you tap to install it. On Android 8 or higher, you need to give the web browser you used to download the file permission to install the app if you haven’t already done so.

Press Install to install the memoryPress Install to install the memory

When the installation is complete, tap Open or on the installed app’s icon in your app area.

Press Open to open the newly installed appPress Open to open the newly installed app

Finally, set up a Google account.

How to uninstall Google Play

Google Play is a pre-installed app on smartphones and tablets that is difficult to uninstall. As a rule, you can only disable it, which means that it will no longer appear among the installed apps, although it will still take up space. To do this, find their icon, tap and hold on it for a few seconds until a pop-up menu appears. Then tap “i”.

Access to Google Play system optionsAccess to Google Play system options

In the new menu, select the “Disable” option.

Tap Disable to disable Google PlayTap Disable to disable Google Play

Now it is possible to uninstall Google Play without having root access, although there is no guarantee that this method will work on all Android versions and all phone models. You need to connect the device to a PC, set some settings and use the Windows command prompt.

First, connect the smartphone to the PC using a USB cable. You need to enable USB debugging in developer options. Go to your smartphone’s settings and scroll to the bottom of the menu. Go to System option.

Access to the system through the settingsAccess to the system through the settings

Scroll to the bottom of the menu and look for About phone.

Enter the information area of ​​the phoneEnter the information area of ​​the phone

Look for the option in the list of new options Build-Number or a similar option. Tap the displayed build number seven times and you’ll get an on-screen message letting you know Developer Options has been enabled.

Here you have to tap seven timesHere you have to tap seven times

To proceed, you must have the basic Android SDK drivers and files installed on your PC so that it can properly recognize the connected device. The quickest way to do this is to download and install Minimal ADB and Fastboot. Basically, these are key components to communicate with both platforms. All you have to do is download the supplied installation file and once the installation is complete, run the software from the icon it creates on your desktop or in the installed programs menu.

A command prompt will open. Give adb devices in and click Enter. An identification number for the connected Android device should appear.

device detecteddevice detected

Enter now adb shell pm list packages a. This will list the names of all apps and tools installed on your Android device. The Google Play Store name is com.android.vending.

Google Play package nameGoogle Play package name

Now type adb Shell pm uninstall -k 0 com.android.vending and press Enter.

Fastboot command to uninstall packagesFastboot command to uninstall packages

If there were no problems, you should see a success message on the screen.

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