How to update Google Play Store

Oh, Google. You and your little tricks. Dunno how old this is (Update: Ah, since March or so. Cool.), but apparently there's a neat little trick to forcing your Google Play Store app to check for an update. No installing apk files from who knows where. No waiting like a peasant.

Just a couple taps of a button.

Are you ready? Here it is.

Open the settings menu in the Google Play Store app. Scroll all the way down. Tap on the Build Version section.

How about that.

We presume there's a little more back-end magic to it, but whatever. We now have a "check for updates" button, and we're going to mash the hell out of it.

Props to +Phil Edge for pointing it out and for having an awesome name. And props to +Russell Holly for the act of headline savagery. And props to Google for remembering to have fun with its operating system.


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How to update your Google Play Store app without sideloading like a savage


Except it doesn't always work, and I wonder if its a rolling update like the other google apps. Because with the most recent play store release I remembered androidpolice mentioning this exact method and pressed it and DID NOT get the message Phil is showing, so I proceeded to sideload as usual.
I'll try again next update and test.

Gotta love people who give links for a simple question. Especially links to other, competing websites...

not working always. today i tried that. only worked on my nexus 4, but not on nexus 7. but after a few hours, worked on nexus 7 too. the point is, all they this button was useless. but still better, than just waiting... :)

Ugh, I need to hurry up and get another Android device. I'm starting to go through withdrawals, lol. Hopefully, some more 4G tablets are released soon.

I hate to burst people's bubbles but you're still subjected to Google's stage rollouts. You may mash the hell out of that Build Version section and you'll keep seeing that Google Play is up to date until Google decides you're deserving of the update.

I get "A new version of Google Play Store will be downloaded and installed" I hit Ok but nothing happens.


Exit and leave it 5 minutes. Then restart - give it a chance!

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Yeah, I'm too impatient, I checked it now after waiting from my comment 30 minutes ago and it's 4.8.20. :-)

That's how Play Store updates are designed to download. Just tap the build number, close the Play Store, wait a few minutes and then load it back up.

Ok I tried it and exited then waited 4 hours then went back in tried it two more times then didn't exit because I was going to force close then I get my Antivirus scanning Google play store so I went back in and saw it was updated. I don't know what's new about it though.

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Unfortunately they took the ability to use emojis in the reviews. So no more using thumbs down pics for sucky apps and vice versa. Like they went backwards with that stuff

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It might have been a situation where some people got a little "carried away" with the feature, so they took it out to keep the reviews looking professional. Giving user's too much "do whatever you want" power can be dangerous. MySpace, anyone?

This has been present since last version but it has never worked. I've tried it on 3 different devices, (nexus 7 2012 and 2013 + sgsIII) and it hasn't worked on any. I've sideloaded on the n7 2013 and the s3 but not on the n7 2012 just to see how long it actually can take and it still hasn't updated and doing this force update trick still says up to date. Last google play store has been out 3 weeks. Googles update schedule is really random.

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I didn't have to restart the device. Just closed the Play Store and relaunched it a few minutes later.

This is so funny. I'm still laughing...Without sideloading like a savage...No waiting like a peasant. Great.

Even this doesn't work, I been using this method even for the version before this was released which was like 2 weeks ago and never got it. You still have to wait till the stage effin rollouts reaches you.

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What's all the fuzz about? Go to settings in Google Play. Check for updates. Update if there are any updates. End of story. Absolutely no news here.

Dear All,

I am using Samsung Galaxy pocket, and by mistaken I have deleted all apk files and even Google play store too. Now it shows me a Play Shop instead of play store.

I am not able to update the same. It shows me build version of 3.4.7.

Kindly guide me for the same.

Mine doesn't do this! My Play Store is on version 5.3 on my Nexus 6 and for a long time, I thought that was the latest build. Now we're apparently on build 5.4.11 and I still haven't gotten the latest version, even after doing this "trick" :(

I know this 'trick' since last year (that tapping on the build number does anything) but it never worked… It always says that the Play Store is up to date. I think it's useless…
EDIT: apparently I didn't notice that this article itself is one year old… SORRY :D (but in 5.3 it still doesn't seem to work…)

It's a nice feature; but, of questionable utility.

My experience with my phone company is that I can not update until I receive notification from it; and, that as such, I will be total that the version I have is up to date even though I know that it is not. My previous smart phone (Samsung Note) had a Ginger Bread build. The current version was Jelly Bean. I checked more than once to update and was told that I had the current version, even though the current version. Apparently current version is not necessarily the same as latest version. I could not update until my cell phone company advised that it was time to do so. From what I've read, my phone company is not atypical.

Duh! But I really did not know that. Tnx Phil.
I recently down loaded an APK with the latest update and the app was VERY slow, I suspect it's because I'm still on Android 5.02.
I reloaded the Play store and needed to confirm if it was the latest version.