Google recently released its latest Play Store Version 8.3.73, which features many changes to its user interface. While no visual changes are seen, Google suggests that people update to the latest version to benefit from the fixes in both security and performance.
Be aware that Google tends to release its updates through its Play Store, whether it’s fixing bugs or making changes. However, if you’re not the type of person that likes waiting for updates, you can check the Internet to see if the APK file for the latest version is available.
While you should always wait for the official updates through the service provider, you could always get the APK file and proceed with the installation without waiting for the official version. How do you do this?
- Be sure that your device is set up to receive files from unknown sources. You can do this by going to Settings, Security and Unknown Sources.
- You’ll need to connect a USB cord to your device and computer.
- Look for the APK version of the app you want via a reputable source in your preferred browser. Once found, download it to your computer. Be sure to place it in a location that you’ll be able to find easily later on.
- Transfer the file over and start the installation process on the device. Be sure to follow the instructions given.
- After you’ve done all this, go back to the Unknown Sources area in your device’s Settings and switch it off. This keeps malware and other dangerous apps from being accidentally installed.
How To Manually Install Google Play Store On Your Android Device
Most Android devices come with the app Google Play Store. The exception comes when you own an older Android device that does not have Play Store already installed on it.
Not so long ago, many smartphones put together in Asia did not have an array of popular apps installed – think Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, etc. This was easily remedied with the installation of Play Store on the Android device. Of course, without the Play Store installed, no one was getting those apps either.
Should your device not have Play Store already installed, you can install it yourself.
Enabling Your Device To Accept Unknown Sources
You just need to go to your device’s Settings area. Visit Security and Unknown Sources to download and install the APK file from a reputable source. Make sure to click “Okay” on the Unknown Sources box or else the installation will not be able to continue. A reputable source such as APKmirror.com can help you find the latest app files you need for your device. Be aware that anything you get from the Web could be installed with malware.
Now, you can use the device itself to download the file, or the option to use your computer is also available. If you decide to go with the computer, open your preferred browser and search for the name of the app you want. After you download it, you’ll need to transfer it via a cord to your smartphone or tablet.
Transferring Your Downloaded File From Computer To Device
The USB cord needs to be connected from your computer to the device’s charging port. When the computer finds the Android device, transfer the file to the memory. Once the transfer is complete, disconnect the device from the computer and continue with the installation of the file.