“Google play service has stopped”.
If you encounter this error on your Android smartphone or tablet, you are in the right place!
Google Play Services, the pre-installed application on your phone, plays an extremely important role in the normal functioning of your phone. If something goes wrong, your Android phone will start throwing fits in the form of errors and crashes, including the “Google play store has stopped” error.
To get rid of this error, you need to fix the Play Store. Here are many ways to solve the problems related to Play Store.
1. Restart your phone
Let’s start by rebooting the phone. Yes. Sometimes a simple trick like restarting your phone can solve unimaginable problems. So, try it
2. Empty the cachee
Another simple solution that works great for any problem is to clear the cache and date of the app in question. In this case we need to clear the cache and data from Google Play Services and Google Play Store.
These operations do not erase the data on your phone. However, clearing the data will log you out of the Play Store and reset your settings. Let’s see how to clear the cache and data.
Step 1: Open your phone settings and go to App Manager.
Step 2: Under All apps, search for Google Play Services.
Step 3: Tap the Storage option and then tap Empty Cache on the next screen.
Repeat the steps for Google Play Store. Restart your phone. If the problem persists, repeat the steps and tap Clear data/storage instead of Clear cache.
3. Uninstall Play Services updates
Since Google Play Service is a system application, you cannot remove it completely from your phone. However, you can uninstall the updates, which will return your phone to the factory version and force it to update itself automatically, thus solving any problems.
To do this, follow steps 1 and 2 of the transparent cache method. Then, on the Google Play Services screen, tap on the three-dot icon in the upper right corner. Then click on uninstall updates.
4. Check that Play services is enabled.
It is difficult to disable Play Services. But it is not impossible. It is likely that Game Services has been disabled on your phone. If this is the case, you should enable it.
To do this, go to Settings>Apps> Google Play Services. If you see the Enable option, press it. This means that playback services have been disabled. However, if you see the Disable option grayed out, it means that it is already enabled and you don’t have to take any action.
5. Update Google Play services
Unlike other installed applications, you do not need to manually update Google Play services. The Android phone does this automatically in the background.
However, sometimes the problem comes from the update directly. So you need to manually update it to the latest or old version. We have covered in detail the different ways to update Google Play services. Check it out. And if you run into any issues while updating, check out the fixes.
6. Boot in safe mode
Just like rebooting, booting into safe mode can sometimes solve various problems on an Android phone. Again, this will not erase your data and you can also access it in safe mode. Running your phone in safe mode also helps identify problems caused by third-party applications.
To start in safe mode, press and hold the power button on your phone until the different power options appear. Press and hold the Power Off option. A pop-up window appears asking you to confirm the safe mode boot. Tap on OK. Your device will now operate in Safe Mode indicated by the text Safe Mode in the lower left corner.
If the above method does not work, turn off the phone. Once it is turned off, press and hold the power button to turn it on. Press and hold it until you see the manufacturer’s logo. Then, release the power button and start pressing the volume down button. Keep pressing it until you see the Safe Mode logo at the bottom
Once Safe Mode is launched, wait for one or two minutes. If you don’t see the Play Services error here, it’s possible that a third-party application is causing the problem. Have you recently installed any third-party applications on your phone?
If yes, try uninstalling them.
7. Reset application preferences
As the reading services have basic system files, changing the system settings also affects its performance. To solve this problem, we need to reset the application preferences.
This will have no effect on your phone data. However, it will reset some things like permission restrictions, background data, default apps and more.
Reset the preferences by following the steps below:
- Step 1: Open Settings and go to Apps/Apps Manager.
- Step 2: On the All Apps screen, tap the three dots icon at the top and select Reset App Preferences from the menu. A pop-up window will appear asking you to confirm your choice.
You can also go to Settings> System> Reset options> Reset application preferences. Find out in detail what happens after resetting application preferences.
8. Check that the date and time are correct
Setting the correct date and time on your phone also helps to resolve Play Services issues. To ensure that the time is correct, follow these steps:
Step 1: Open Settings and go to System.
Step 2: Tap Date and Time. Enable automatic date and time. If it is already on, turn it off and then on again.
9. Update your phone
This is one area that a person would never look at if the problem was related to Google Play services. However, updating the phone’s software has proven beneficial to many users. To do so, go to Settings> System (or About Phone)>Update. Tap Check for update. If an update is available, install it as soon as possible
Hopefully the above solutions have solved the problem of the playback services blocking your phone. I know how frustrating it can be if the pop-up is not allowing you to enjoy your phone. Clearing the Play Services and Play Store cache will solve the problem for most users. For some, the Play Services update will also come to the rescue. Let us know in the comments below what worked for you.