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Suppose you open an app, and it shows an error message; what to do in that case? What if a set of applications is not working on your Android device? Don’t worry; you just need to update Google Play Services on your device. Follow this article to know how you can update the Google Play Services on your device.

Google Play Services plays a significant role in downloading apps and updates. It runs in the background and automatically updates the Play Store applications when you have set the settings to update the app over Wi-Fi or cellular data automatically. In case you are downloading an app or updating it, and you receive an error message, then it’s time for you to update Google Play Services on your device or clear the cache memory.

The instructions mentioned in this article are for the tablets and smartphones running on Android 7.0 or higher. The steps mentioned here are similar for all the devices irrespective of the device manufacturer.

Google Play Services & its Uses

When you search for Google Play in the Play Store, you won’t be getting any results. This is because it is a background service whose aim is to provide core functionality to make sure that your apps are working correctly without any error or lags. The best benefit of Google Play Services is that you will not have to make new login details for every new application which gets installed on your device.

Suppose you are facing issues with an application on your device; the main reason for that could be the old version of Google Play Services on your device. The Google Play Services might be out-of-date on your device. Generally, Google Play Services automatically gets updated in the background, and you don’t have to do anything for that. Still, there are times when the app might not get updated due to the internal issues of your device. In that case, you might receive a notification that would be asking you to install the latest updated version of Google Play Services. In that case, you will have to tap the notification, and you will get redirected to the app page, where you will have to tap on Update.

How to Update Google Play Services on Android?

Want to check if Google Play Services is up-to-date or not? You need to open up the Google Play Services app page from your browser. In case you see the option “Deactivate,” then your app is up-to-date. But if you see “Update,” then you need to tap on that button to get the latest updated version of Google Play Services on your device.

How to Update Google Play Services on Chromebooks?

Few Chromebooks that got manufactured after 2017 do have Google Play Store and support Android apps. So, if you want to update Google Play Services on those Chromebooks, you need to visit the Google Play Services app page from your Chrome browser and follow similar steps, as mentioned in the title above.

Steps for Troubleshooting the Issues with Google Play Services

If the application crashes in the mid while you are using it or fails to load when you open it, you will get an error message at that instance, indicating that the “Google Play Services has stopped.” If you have already updated Google Play Services, but still you are getting the error, then it is time for you to clear the cache and storage of Google Play Services. You can follow the steps mentioned below for the same:

  1. Go to the Settings option on your device.
  2. Then you need to tap on Apps/Apps & Notifications/Application Manager.
  3. In that section, click on Google Play Services.
  4. Click on Force Stop, and then tap on Storage option.
  5. Tap on Clear Cache, and then click on Manage Storage and press Clear All Data.
  6. You will have to wait for nearly five minutes for the process to get completed.

Final Verdict

So, the above-mentioned were the steps with which you can fix the issues related to Google Play Services. In case the applications are not working, and you are continuously getting an error message, “Google Play Services has stopped,” then you need to update it from the Google Play Services app page. If even after updating the app, the issues don’t get fixed up, then you need to clear the cache and storage of Google Play Services on your device.

Source-Google Play Services

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