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Android users know all too well how frustrating it can be for their Google Play Store to crash. When this happens, you can’t install any new apps or update any existing ones and be stuck with whatever you currently have on your device. Luckily, you can avoid this problem by making sure that you always have the most updated Google Play Store version. Here are two ways to do that.

  1. Make sure you’ve allowed Google Play Store to automatically update.

You might not have noticed it, but the Play Store frequently updates in the background. But you have to make sure your auto-update settings are turned on. To check if you have it turned on, open the Google Play store app, then tap your menu button. Go to Settings > General > Auto-update apps, then check Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi. Then make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.

  1. Force the Google Play Store to Update

Sometimes, there are bugs or glitches that prevent the Play Store from automatically updating on your Android device. That is why it is helpful if you can force your smartphone or tab to manually check if there is a recent update and if you’re running it or not. Open the Google Play Store app, tap the menu button, go to Settings and select Build Number (found at the bottom of the list). You will then receive a prompt if there is any current update. And if there is one, it will eventually be downloaded onto your device. If there isn’t one, then you will be prompted that you are running the latest version.

If you still experience problems with the Play Store crashing or with the app’s updates not automatically installing, then try to manually install the latest version. Get the instructions from this article.