Fix: Google Play Store keeps checking for updates

Google Play Store changed a lot since its introduction almost 12 years ago. And, being an essential part of the Android ecosystem, classic Android experience is unimaginable without the Store. Now, this app (it is an app at the end of the day) usually works without issues. However, recent user reports state that the Google Play Store keeps checking for updates.

Affected users usually encounter this error whenever they open the Play Store. We made sure to learn more about the problem and provide you with some applicable solutions in the list below.

Table of contents:

  1. Clear cache and data from the Play Store
  2. Check the network
  3. Reset the Google Play Store
  4. Reset Google Play Services
  5. Sign out and sign in again with your Google Account
  6. Reset your device to factory settings

Google Play Store says Error Checking for updates

There are multiple reasons why the Google Play Store keeps checking for updates. To fix it, we suggest clearing cache and data from the Store or uninstalling updates.

If that doesn’t help, there are a few more steps here you should try.

Solution 1 – Clear cache and data from the Play Store

The first step to try is to clear the cache and data from the Play Store app within System Settings. Cached data might cause issues with the Play Store, especially if some significant changes are made to the Store recently via background updates.

Follow these instructions to clear cache and data from the Google Play Store:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Apps.
  3. Then open All apps or App Manager.
  4. Tap on the 3-dot menu and choose to show system processes.
  5. Locate the Google Play Store and open it.
  6. Open Storage.
  7. Clear cache first and then all play keeps checking for updates

If the Google Play Store keeps checking for updates after this step, move to the next one.

Solution 2 – Check the network

The unstable network is usually not the primary reason for error like this one, but it’s worth checking it out. We’ll need you to ensure that your device is connected to a stable network. This can be tested within any other app that uses network connectivity (e.g. Chrome).

If your Wi-Fi network is not working properly, try these troubleshooting steps to fix it:

  • Disable and re-enable Wi-Fi.
  • Disable VPN or Proxy.
  • Restart your device and router/modem.
  • Enable Airplane mode and disable it after a minute or so.
  • Reset the Network settings.
  • Check out our articles about Wi-Fi and data issues on Android for more solutions.

Additionally, if you are using Mobile Data to navigate through the Store and download/update apps, make sure to check the in-app Settings and allow Downloads over any network.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Play Store. If it doesn’t open, boot your device in Safe mode. To access the Safe mode, press the Power button. Tap and hold on the Reboot button until you get the Safe mode prompt. Then tap Safe mode and your device will restart without third-party apps and services.
  2. Tap on the hamburger menu.
  3. Open Settings.
  4. Under the App download preference, select Over any network.

Solution 3 – Reset the Google Play Store

If the previous steps failed to address the issue and the Google Play Store still keeps checking for updates, we recommend resetting the Google Play Store. On basically all stock ROMs out there, users can’t reinstall the Store. What you can do, on the other hand, is reset all updates and wait until it updates again on its own.

Follow these instructions to reset the Google Play Store by uninstalling its updates:

  1. Open Settings > Apps > App Manager or Manage Apps > Google Play Store.
  2. Tap Uninstall updates and reboot your play keeps checking for updates
  3. Connect to a network and install updates again.
  4. Look for improvements the next time you open the Store.

Solution 4 – Reset Google Play Services

Besides tackling the Google Play Store, you can also reset Google Play Services which are associated with the integration of all Google apps within the Android system. First, you should clear the cache and data. Alternatively, you can reset the app by uninstalling its updates.

Follow these instructions to clear cached data from Google Play Services or reset it by uninstalling updates:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Apps.
  3. Then, open App manager, Manage apps, or All apps (it depends on the phone’s OEM).
  4. Once there, tap on the 3-dot menu and enable all system processes. This will add hidden system apps and services to the App list.
  5. Now, locate Google Play Services entry and open it.
  6. Tap Storage.
  7. Finally, clear cache and data.

You can also try some of the steps we listed in this article dedicated to Google Play Services-related issues.

Solution 5 – Sign out and sign in again with your Google Account

The next step to try if the issue persists is to log out of your Google Account (or remove it) and log in again. It’s a long shot but it won’t cost you anything to give it a try. Don’t forget to reboot your device after removing the Google Account but, prior to that, make sure to create a back up to Google Drive.

With that in mind, here’s how to remove and add Google Account on Android:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Accounts.
  3. Choose Google.
  4. Remove Google Account and restart your device.
  5. Get back to Settings > Accounts and sign in with your Google Account.

Solution 6 – Reset your device to factory settings

Finally, if none of the previous solutions helped you out with the problem at hand, we can only suggest resetting your device to factory settings. This especially applies to users who started getting the error when upgrading to Android 10. Don’t forget to back up everything on your device before performing the factory reset.

Follow these instructions to reset your Android device to factory settings:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose System.
  3. Open Backup & reset.
  4. Choose Erase all data (factory reset).google play keeps checking for updates

And, on that note, we can conclude this article. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to tell us about alternative solutions or post questions about the ones we listed. You can share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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