If you use an Android smartphone or tablet, you most likely are already familiar with the Google Play Store. If you’re new to the Android scene, you have to know that the Play Store acts as the hub for most (if not all) apps, tools, and games that are available to Android devices.
One of the best things about the Google Play Store is that it automatically updates itself. Unlike other apps, you don’t need to manually download updates to have the most recent version of the Play Store — it does this all on its own. This gives you the assurance that your device is running the latest build of Google’s app marketplace.
But what if you want to ensure that you indeed have the latest version of the Play Store? What steps can you take?
Well, there are a couple of ways to do this. One of these is to open the Google Play Store app in your tablet or smartphone, go to “Settings”, and scroll all the way down to the bottom. At the very end, you’ll find “Play Store version”, which displays the current build of the app. Tap on this section; if you’re running the latest version, you’ll get a pop-up notification that says “Google Play Store is up to date”.
If it isn’t, you’ll see a notification that reads “A new version of Google Play Store will be downloaded and installed”. Here’s the catch: you won’t get the update right away, and you won’t know when it would be downloaded to your device.
However, it will eventually install itself automatically. You won’t be informed when it does, but you can check by taking the steps above.
Of course, if you want to get the latest version of the Play Store now, there’s a more direct method you can use. This involves downloading the APK of the most recent build and installing it in your device. APK Mirror is one of the best places to get Google Play Store APKs, although you can also use other sources.