Google Play In the United States and many other nations across the globe, including the United States of America, Google Play is an online marketplace that allows users to download and buy mobile applications, music, and eBooks. This tutorial will walk you through the process of installing Google Play on your mobile device in three simple stages, regardless of whether you are using an Android phone or tablet, an iPhone, or an iPad.

The first two steps are quite easy to understand on their own, but the third one could need a little more explanation! Continue reading if you’re interested in learning how to download Google Play onto an Android smartphone you already own.

Step 1: Setting up your device

Before downloading and installing anything, you should make sure your device is up-to-date. This can be done by going into Settings > About Phone or Tablet > Software Updates. From there, check if any updates are available, and download them if they are. Updating is essential because it gives you access to recent security fixes and allows you to use newer apps that require updated APIs.

If an update has already been downloaded but hasn’t yet been installed, simply go into Settings > Apps (or Application Manager), select All or Downloaded (depending on your model of phone), and swipe right over each app until it says Install rather than Update. This will install any updates that were previously downloaded but not yet installed.

Step 2: Downloading the installer 

Like any other application, you’ll need to use your phone or tablet’s menu option and then scroll down until you find install. Next, tap it. This is where things start getting tricky because not all devices have an option called install. When that happens, scroll further until you see something along the lines of app info or app manager instead.

Make sure to look at every single menu that comes up as there will be an install option if your device supports one. Once you’ve found that option, simply select it and choose Google Play from a list of apps if there are multiple options provided (this usually only happens with certain carriers). If not, choosing Google Play should be easy enough.

Step 3: Starting the installation process – Google Play

Click the Next button after access has been granted to you. Whether your smartphone or tablet does not currently have a MicroSD card installed, a pop-up will appear and ask if you would want to add one at this time. It is possible to install one, but considering that most mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, already come equipped with sufficient storage, doing so is not required.

Select the Skip for now option. As a side note, if you do decide that increasing the amount of storage that you have access to is something that is important to you and you want information about how to select a MicroSD card, we recommend that you read another one of our articles titled How To Select A MicroSD Card For Your Android Phone or Tablet.