Google Play Services is a core component in your android phone or device that enables you update google apps from the playstore. These updates add new features and settings to play store and reminds you of any app updates. Therefore, it becomes necessary to keep it updated to its latest version. You cannot find google play services in the list of all apps visible on your phone. It can be found in Settings > Apps > All tab > Google Play Services.
Google play services cannot be updates as normal apps. You can update it manually and here are the steps.
- You can check the following link to get the latest updates for Google Play Services-https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.gms&referrer=utm_source%3DAndroidPIT%26utm_medium%3DAndroidPIT%26utm_campaign%3DAndroidPIT
- Sign-in to your Google account, which is connected to your android device.
- Click on install button and the latest version of Google play services will be installed on your device.
Google Play Updates are specific for each phone or device and should only be downloaded via a legit channel as above, to avoid hardware problems. However, if you still want to manually install Play Services updates using Apk file, follow the below steps.
- First of all, you need to know what version of Android you have. Go to Settings > About Phone and look for Android Version. Then, you’ll need unknown sources enabled on your phone. This allows you to install apps from outside Google Play.
- Go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources and check the box.
- Next, you need to know which version of Play Services is right for you. This will help you to choose correct application for your phone. Each Google Play Services version has a three number suffix at the end, following the hyphen. These three numbers are broken down as Android version, CPU architecture and dots per inch (DPI). You can check the current version of Google Play Services by going to Settings > Apps > All tab > Google Play Services.
The first number after hyphen is your Android version:
0 = Android 4.4.4 and older
2 = Android 5.0 and 5.1 (starting with Google Play Services v8)
4 = Android 6.0 and above (Note: 4 = Android 5.0 and 5.1 for versions of Google Play Services prior to v8)
7 = Android 5.0
8 = Android TV
The second number is your CPU architecture:
1 = armeabi
3 = armeabi-v7a
4 = arm64-v8a
7 = x86
The third number is your device screen’s DPI (dots per inch):
0 = universal
2 = 160 dpi
4 = 240 dpi
6 = 320 dpi
8 = 480 dpi
So in the above screenshot you can see that it’s a Lollipop device running an ARMv8 chip with 320 DPI. You can grab last two numbers which tell you about your CPU and DPI because this information won’t change until you get a new phone.
- Now you simply have to choose the right Google Play Services version based on the device information. You can find the latest versions of Google Play Services hosted on APK Mirror (http://www.Apkmirror.com/Apk/google-inc/google-play-services/) and select one with the right suffix for your device. Then, just download the Apk file.
- Put this Apk file on your android device and simply install it.
Now you have the latest version of google play services on your phone. We hope this helps you to keep your Google play services up-to-date and enjoy its latest features on play store.
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