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How to update Google Play Services on Android and smart TV

How to update Google Play Services on Android and smart TV

Since the dawn of time of Android, Google has affirmed its presence on devices with the green robot, offering its apps and services. Over the years this aspect has become increasingly central to Android smartphones, with Google making its own Play Services practically fundamental.

In this guide we will go to see what the Google Play Services consist of, because they are important on Android devices and how you can update. Immediately it is good to clarify that the update procedures they apply not only to Android smartphones but also to other types of devices, such as smart TVs with Android TV / Google TV.


What are Google Play Services

Google Play Services translate into Google services, or the series of libraries that allows you to manage all Google apps and platforms. The Play Services therefore allow you to use all the stock Google apps, such as Maps for example, without problems, but also the apps that include more complex services, such as the Play Store and Google Pay.

Therefore the Google Play Services are absolutely necessary to be able to fully use an Android device based on Google apps and services. Without Google Play Services, the Android device will have to rely on third partswithout the ability to fully use Google services.

Google Play Services are essentially found on all Android models, obviously starting from Google’s Pixels but passing through Samsung, Xiaomi and Realme models. We do not find them on Huawei models that arrive on the market with HarmonyOS, or those that integrate Huawei Mobile Services. We do not even find them on devices updated with custom ROMs that do not require the use of Google apps and services.

Update the Google Play Services from an Android smartphone

So let’s see how to update the Google Play Services on Android smartphone. There are two ways.

Google Play Services auto update on Android

The procedure automatic of the Google Play Services update takes place through the Play Store. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Play Store on your smartphone.
  2. Access the Play Store settings through the context menu at the top right.
  3. Access the section Network preferences.
  4. Select the item Automatic app updates.
  5. Choose the option to update automatically always or only when connected via Wi-Fi.

By applying this procedure, the Google Play Services will update automatically every time Google releases an update.

Google Play Services manual update on Android

There are cases where it is necessary update manually Google play Services, perhaps because a certain speed of updating is required or because there are problems in automatically receiving the update. Let’s see how to do it:

  1. Open your web browser on your smartphone.
  2. To seek Play Services.
  3. Access the link to the app’s Play Store.
  4. If an update is available you will see the link marked with Refresh.
  5. Confirm the update by tapping on the option mentioned above.

Google Play Services Download Apk

Alternatively, it would also be possible to use the third parts to download the most up-to-date version, or, if necessary, a previous one, of the Play Services. In that case you can refer to APKMirror. After downloading the apk for the latest version it will be sufficient to open it to proceed with the installation, after having granted installation permissions to third-party services beyond the Play Store.

Update Google Play Services from smart TV

Play Services also play a fundamental role on smart TV based on Android TV or Google TV, that is, those with the Google operating system. So let’s see how to proceed with the update.

Google Play Services auto update on smart TV

The easiest way in this case is to opt for automatic updating:

  1. Open the Play Store on your smart TV.
  2. Access the Play Store settings.
  3. Select the item Network preferences.
  4. Select the option to automatically update apps.

It should be noted that in the case of smart TVs, the location and naming of the options just mentioned may vary depending on the device model considered.

Manual update Google Play Services on smart TV

In case a manual updatethen you could opt to download Play Services from a third-party store:

  1. Access this APKMirror address from your smartphone or PC.
  2. Download the latest Play Services version.
  3. Transfer the downloaded apk to the smart TV, this can be done via a memory medium or via a casting service, such as this Play Store app.
  4. Open the file you just placed in the smart TV’s internal memory.
  5. Confirm your willingness to update Play Services.

What to do in case of problems

In case there are problems with the functioning of Play Services or their automatic update, Google recommends applying two procedures. The first, softer, consists of cancellation of all memory dedicated to the app:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android phone or tablet.
  2. To touch App, Show all apps.
  3. Scroll down to “Google Play Services”.
  4. To touch Google Play Services.
  5. To touch Storage space, Clear cache.
  6. To touch Manage space, Erase all data

The second, on the other hand, is the clear cache and data of the entire Play Store. In this way, the apps on the device will not be deleted, access to the Play Store will only be initialized again with your account:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android phone or tablet.
  2. To touch App and notifications, Show all apps.
  3. Scroll down and tap Google Play Store.
  4. To touch Storage space, Clear cache.
  5. To touch Clear data.
  6. Reopen the Play Store and try to download the content again