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Without Google Play Services, the Play Store won’t be able to update the apps installed on your Android devices. This is responsible for telling your phone the right time to update the apps you have and introduce new settings and features to Google Play. Therefore, it is essential to keep it updated so that it can perform the best for your devices to run smoothly.

Here are easy steps that you can use to update your Google Play Services.

  1. First thing that you need to do is to go to Settings. Then scroll down at the bottom where you can find About Phone.
  2. When in About Phone, you can find Android Version tab.
  3. Make sure that you have enabled Unknown Sources from your device. Simply go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources and check the box from there.
  4. Determine the version of Play Services that you need to have. But, you have to know the Android version you have because it will be used on the suffix at the end of the hyphen. Such numbers will be broken down as Android version, architecture of the CPU, and the DPI or dots per inch. Simply tap Settings > Apps > All tab > Google Play Services.
  5. Upon tapping the Google Play Services, you will be prompted for the App info.

Take note that your numbers should matter here. So, the first number corresponds to the Android version. This means that 0 belongs to Android 4.4.4 or older, 2 for Android 5, 4 for Android 6, 7 for Android 5, and 8 for Android TV. The second number will correspond to the CPU architecture. Such that 1 is for armeabi, 3 is for armeabi-v7a, 4 is for arm64-v8a, and 7 for x86. The Third one is for the DPI of your screen. Thus, 0 is universal, 2 is 160 dpi, 4 is 240 dpi, 6 is 320 dpi, and 8 is 480 dpi.

From there, you can now determine which Google Play Services version you have to download and select the right suffix that corresponds with your device.