Google Play Store not working (unable to install/download apps) for some Android users, but there's a workaround

Android is the most used operating system across the globe with its own marketplace for apps i.e. Google Play Store. However, not all is well in the Android community for the time being.

Just in case you’re trying to get your head around why Google Play Store is not working for you, find solace in the fact that you are not the only one facing issues lately.


A quick look at micro-blogging site Twitter and the Google Support community clearly indicates there are many who are unable to use Google Play Store because the issue.

As per multiple reports, while some say Google Play Store is not working for updates, others are unable to install or download apps altogether. For a quick glance, here are some reports from affected Android users:

@GooglePlay please help, play store os not working in my mobile

Any apps games anything I can’t install from playstore

Plase allow to download all apps thank you

(Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

It seems this issue with Google Play Store might be widespread across the Europe region whereas other regions might not be affected at all. However, this is still based on speculation as Google has not made any comments on the matter so far.

However, those who are facing this problem can bypass it by clearing the Google Play Store app data. Once done, log into Google Play Store using a US or Canadian VPN server then switch off the VPN.


While it is unclear whether this workaround indeed fixes the problem with Google Play Store or not, it is definitely worth a shot since Google is yet to provide more clarity on the matter.

Hopefully, the Mountain View giant soon sheds some more light on the matter or better yet fixes the problem altogether so that Android users can use Google Play Store without hassle.

Rest assured, we’re keeping a continuous tab on all related developments, and will update this page with relevant info as and when we come across any. So in case you’re encountering the problem discussed here, stay hooked for updates.


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Deveshwar Bhardwaj

I'm a techy who is particularly fond of Android smartphones. A writer who usually finds himself on the other side of the spectrum. An artist who likes to sing and play the guitar. Also a photographer when in the mood.