How to Force the Google Play Store to Update on Android
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Like all apps, the Google Play Store itself receives occasional updates—but the Google Play Store isn’t an app in the traditional sense. It’s not listed in the store itself, and because it isn’t listed, it won’t show in your list of apps to be updated.

Instead, Google automatically updates your app in the background when needed; you have no input.

But what happens if you don’t have the latest version of Google Play Store? Because of the way rollouts work, you might be using two different versions of the app on two different devices. Here’s what you can do to force an update to the latest version.

How to Force the Google Play Store to Update

It’s extremely easy to force the Google Play Store to update, but you’ll never find the setting without being told. Just follow the simple step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app.
  2. Tap on the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner.
  3. Scroll down to Settings and tap on the link.
  4. Again, scroll all the way to the bottom the list; you will find Play Store version.
  5. Single tap on Play Store version.

One of two things will now happen. Either you will see an on-screen message confirming that your Play Store app is up-to-date, or the app will silently start updating in the background. When the update is complete, you will receive a notification.

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  1. Felipe
    August 28, 2018 at 3:04 am

    The procedure as described does indeed displays the legend "Google Play Store is up to date". But, it NEVER updates the Play Store app.

    In my case, every single time I have done this on a device I know for a fact that it is running an older version of the Play Store, I get the dialog but the app never updates from this action... it may update later on, but based on the regular Google's updates schedule not as a result of cheching its version on the very own Play Store settings.

    Nice try, some would say !

  2. Felipe
    August 28, 2018 at 3:04 am

    The procedure as described does indeed displays the legend "Google Play Store is up to date". But, it NEVER updates the Play Store app.

    In my case, every single time I have done this on a device I know for a fact that it is running an older version of the Play Store, I get the dialog but the app never updates from this action... it may update later on, but based on the regular Google's updates schedule not as a result of cheching its version on the very own Play Store settings.

    Nice try, some would say !

  3. Xantes
    August 23, 2018 at 10:55 am

    The menu icon is in the left-hand corner... ALWAYS!