Google Play won’t update apps

At times, the update alerts grow vexing, and you decide to update them; however, something goes wrong, and Google Play fails to update the apps. If you’re having trouble updating your Android apps through Google Play, we’ve got you covered in this article. So let’s dive in.

Google Play won’t update apps

How to solve my Google Play Store updating problem?

Before tackling this issue, do a Google search to ensure that it is not related to Google.

If there hasn’t been any news coverage of this issue, it’s time to get to work and start fixing it.

Common fixes 

There are two common solutions that often solve this issue:

  • Check your data connection
  • Check your date and time setting

Check your data connection

To update apps, you must first connect to Google Play. However, there are times when you may forget to check your internet connection, or the connection may be unstable. To complete this step, follow the instructions below:

  • First switch between Wi-Fi and mobile data
  • After that, enable and then disable “Airplane Mode” and check to see whether the problem has been resolved.
  • If neither of these two steps worked, reset your router and recheck it.

Check your phone’s Date and Time settings

If the time and date on your phone are incorrect, this might cause a conflict between your android device and Google’s servers. Thus, we’ll show you how to correct the time and date on your phone in this method.

  • Navigate to your phone’s Settings.
  • Tap on System
  • Next, select Date & Time
  • Toggle Set Time automatically and Set Time Zone Automatically. If you’re unable to find those two options, enable the Use network-provided time and time zone settings.

Now head to Google Play and try to update the apps. If the issue persists, continue to the next method.

Fixes Related to Google Apps   

After you’ve checked your phone for typical issues, it’s time to move on to the steps related to Google apps which includes:

  • Updating Google Play Store 
  • Clearing the cache and data of the Play Store
  • Checking phone’s storage space
  • Clearing the cache and data on Google Play Services
  • Checking for Android system updates
  • Removing and re-adding Google Account to your device
  • Uninstalling and reinstalling Google Play updates

Updating Google Play Store 

Open the Google Play app and manually update the Google Play Store by searching for it in the search bar to complete this step.

Clear the Google Play Store’s cache and data

Google Play Store not updating apps can be fixed by starting fresh or, to use another term, clearing cache and data. 

  • To begin, open Settings on your android device
  • Go to Apps & Notifications
  • Tap on See all apps
  • If you don’t see the Google Play Store, scroll down and tap on it.
  • Next, select Storage
  • Now, tap on Clear cache to begin the process of cleaning.

Check your storage space

Another reason Google Play may refuse to update apps is if your phone’s storage is running low. To determine whether or not you have enough space, do the following checks:

  • Navigate to Settings
  • Tap on Storage and ensure that at least 1 GB of space is available on your device.

If your device’s storage is running low, you can free up space by deleting unused apps, media, and so on. After that, navigate to Google Play and update the apps; if this does not work, continue to the next method.

Clear the cache and data on Google Play Services

Your next hope of resolving the issue is to clear the Google Play Service’s cache and data. To do this:

  • Open Settings on your device.
  • Go to Apps & Notifications
  • Next, tap on See all apps
  • Now you should select Storage & Cache 
  • Following that, tap Clear the Cache
  • Now tap Clear Storage and then Clear Data
  • Select Ok

Check for Android system updates

Occasionally, when a new update is released, certain functionality on devices will fail to function. So, to determine whether this is the case, we must check whether or not Android system updates are available.

  • First, open Settings 
  • Navigate to System > Advanced > System Updates
  • If there is an available update, update your phone.

After updating, open the Google Play store to verify that the issue has been resolved. Otherwise, continue to the following method.

Remove and re-add your Google Account 

Before you delete your Google account, keep in mind that some of the data linked with it may be lost. This information, however, will be restored when you re-add your Google account to your device. So, for additional safety, create a backup of your Google account on your device using your Google account.

To remove the Google account:

  • Open Settings
  • Navigate to Accounts
  • Tap Remove Account after selecting the account you want to delete.
  • You may be prompted for a pattern, password, or pin code at this point to confirm the process. 

The account will be deleted after the security question is entered.

Follow the steps below to re-add your Google account:

  • Open Settings
  • Navigate to Accounts > Add Account > Google
  • Enter your Gmail and Password

Now, go to Google Play and update your installed applications. If you are still unable to update the apps, the following procedure is your final resort.

Uninstall and reinstall Google Play updates

To get this method done first makes sure that you have a reliable internet connection. Then:

  • Go to Settings
  • Next, tap Apps & Notifications
  • Select Google Play Service
  • Tap More at the top of the screen, followed by Uninstall updates.
  • If prompted to revert to the factory version of Google Play Store, click Ok.


We hope you’ve been able to resolve the issue with your Android device’s app updates.


Because there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the Google Play update problem, we recommend that you work your way down the page from the top to the button. It’s worth noting that in most situations, the issue is caused by your Android device’s date and time settings, so double-check those first.