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How do you install Google Play Store?

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The Google Play Store app comes pre-installed on Android devices and is not available on other platforms. If Google Play has been removed from your device you can download the Google Play installer from an app repository such as APKMirror.com. Open the downloaded APK file to install Google Play Store.

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APK files from unofficial sources require special permissions for installation. To give your device the proper permissions go to the Android settings menu and select Security. In the security settings find the check box labeled Unknown Sources and tap the box to select it. This setting may be toggled on and off as needed.

While the Android operating system is open source, Google's proprietary apps are not. These closed source apps include Google Play, YouTube, Google Maps and Gmail. Phone vendors must contact Google and arrange for a license to include these apps on their handsets.

Google does not offer Google Play as a download for consumers. Alternate app stores such as the Amazon Appstore are available to consumers whose devices do not support Google Play. Android applications offered as direct downloads by the manufacturers can also be installed on devices without Google Play.

Google maintains a list of devices compatible with Google Play. Certified devices include smartphones, tablets, game consoles and televisions. Cameras, portable media players and watches can also be Google Play certified. Major manufacturers whose devices appear on this list include Samsung, Sony, HTC and LG.

Google recommends that consumers with questions about a device's Google Play compatibility contact the device manufacturer. Google does not provide information or support regarding unsupported devices.

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