Contrary to popular belief, there actually are android devices out there that don’t have Google’s Play Store installed.
If you happen to have one of these devices, it is easy to fix the problem with the right direction.
That is exactly what we are here for! We are going to show you how to install this app.
1- First off you need a copy of the Google Play Store apk file for your device. You can download this on your PC and move it over to your device or download it directly onto your device, either way will work..
The latest version of the Play Store can be downloaded from here, along with any older versions.
The download listed here is cryptographically signed by Google, so it’s safe to install and hasn’t been tampered with or infected with malicious software. But be aware of downloading files from other less reputable sources.
2- You’ll need to enable the installation of external apk files before you can install the Play Store file. This is done by checking the “unknown sources” box in your devices settings, which will allow you to install apps from unvetted sources, in other words from outside of the Play Store. This option can usually be found under settings > security, but may also appear under settings > applications on certain devices. You can always uncheck the box again after installing the Play Store.
3- Next you’ll need to locate where the apk file is on your device. As already stated, if you downloaded the file using your device it should appear in your download folder, which can usually be accessed from the app drawer. However, if you had to move the file on your handset from your PC via a USB cable, then you’ll need to be able to navigate to wherever you put the file. The easiest way to do this is to either directly place the file in the download folder, or install a third party file explorer, such as ASTRO file manager, in order to locate the apk.
4- Once you’ve found the file, tap on it to get things started and a popup will appear asking you if you want to continue with the installation. If this isn’t working, check that step 2 has been completed successfully.
5- Continue to click install, passing through the list of required permissions that the app requires. A loading bar will appear, once that’s completed the app is installed. For some devices this will be enough, for others you may get an error when you try to open Google’s Play Store. If you receive an error there a couple more steps that needs to be completed.
6- The following link leads to an app that changes the way Android looks at other apps. The problem you are running into is that on some devices Google’s Play Store needs to be a system app.
If you download this app and install it you will be able to change Play Store from a user app to a system app. Just open the app, click on Play Store and change it to a system app. The app will then ask you to restart the tablet. Once you restart the tablet Play Store should be up and running.