Getting some unknown errors such as “The app won’t run unless you update Google Play Services” while opening a particular app? This is frustrating to be not able to open your favorite app when you need it. At least you are lucky that Google is telling a reason for the app not working. Sometimes Google just decides to not let an app work, and they don’t even bother to give any reason. In this particular case, you know there is something wrong with Google Play Service and that it needs to be updated.
Now the next problem is that updating Google Play Service is not as easy as it sounds. You can not just go to the Google Play Store and click on the update button. Google Play Service is the support service from Google, which runs in the background to prove support for many apps to run. Few system functions also depend on Google Play Service. Generally, Google Play Service get updated automatically in the background, and for that reason, there is no manual update option that you can find easily. For this reason, this small problem becomes a real pain in the a**. So, how do you manually update Google Play Service on your Android to make sure smooth performance on Android?
In this article, we will share a few methods you can apply to force your phone to download the latest updates for Google Play Service. And finally, get rid of that ugly error.
Update Google Play Service From Google Play Store
Did I say earlier that you can not download updates for Google Play Services from Google Play Store? Well, that statement is not 100% accurate. You can, in fact, download and install Play Service from Play Store; it is just that it is not as easy as updating any other apps.
To view Google Play Services, use this link and then log in with the same Google Account you have used on your Android. Now click on the ‘Update’ button if there is any.
If you were lucky, you would see an ‘Update’ button. Just click on that button, and your Google Play Service will be updated.
If you couldn’t find any update button, then don’t lose your hope already. Follow the next method and see if your problem resolves.
Disable Google Play Service
Sometimes due to some technical problems, Google Play Service starts behaving weirdly. In that case, disabling the service and then enabling it back may help you. To disable Google Play Service follow the below steps.
Go to your phone’s setting and then ‘Apps & Notification’ or ‘Installed Apps’ depending on your phone.
Here, under installed apps menu, look for Google Play Services app and tap on that.
Here you can find the ‘Disable’ option. Tap on that button (if you can). The problem is you will most probably find that button grayed out. This is because your phone has granted device admin permission to the app and that can not be disabled.
In that case, you will have to first revoke device admin permission for the app. Follow the below steps to withdraw the consent.
Open your phone’s setting app and go to Security and Lock Screen. Your phone might have a different label for this setting. Just use the search function to locate.
Under the security setting, look for another option called ‘device admin apps.’
Here toggle the switch off next to the find my device.
Now you have revoked the admin permission. Go back to the Google Play Service app and see if the disable option is available.
If it is available, tap on disable and wait for few minutes before turning it back on.
Now restart your device and connect to the internet. Your phone should start installing the updates for Google Play Services withing 15 minutes.
If this step didn’t work for you, then follow the next one.
Uninstall Google Play Services Updates
If disabling didn’t work for you, then it is time for you to uninstall any previously installed updates for Google Play Service. The logic here is that if we uninstall any updates for the Google Play Service, the app will go back to the previous version or factory version. This will force your phone to update the app to the latest version.
To uninstall Google Play Services updates, go back to the Google Play Service app option under installed apps.
Here tap on the three-dot icon at the top-right corner and select uninstall updates.
After uninstalling the update, restart your phone and wait for 15-20 minutes. Your phone will start installing the updates for the app.
These are all the best ways you can follow to force your Android phone to install updates for the Google Play Services. Once the update has been installed, you can see the problem you were facing is gone. If all of these methods didn’t help you to fix the error, then you might want to download updates manually from the internet. This process of downloading from the internet is risky, and we would not suggest, especially if you are not an advanced Android user.