Fix: “Transaction cannot be completed” in Google Play Store

Buying apps, books, games, or music on Google Play Store is as simplified as possible with the 1-tap buy feature. You just choose what you want to purchase, tap on it and confirm the purchase. That’s it. Nonetheless, it’s far from flawless and has issues you might or might not experience. One of the common errors is “Transaction cannot be completed” in the Google Play Store.

Solution 1 – Make sure you have enough funds

The first and obvious step is to confirm that you indeed have enough funds for purchase to be made. Also, if you repeatedly enter wrong credentials while purchasing something, the Google Play might block the purchase for a short period. Also, confirm that the debit or credit card is eligible for Google Pay.

If you’re using a fingerprint instead of the password for Google Play purchases, make sure to try it out a couple of times or use the Google Account password instead.

Solution 2 – Clear Google Play Store and Services cache

In Android, like in any other system, the dedicated apps store all kinds of data. Now, this is fine and it eliminates the need to configure everything every time you use it. Google Play Store and Google Play Services store your payment methods, so you can buy any app, game, album, or book, in a few taps.

However, the cached data tends to get corrupt, thus the payment might fail. That’s why we suggest resetting the cache for both aforementioned apps and looking for improvements.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Apps (Apps Manager).
  3. Open the Google Play Store app and then Storage.
  4. Clear cache.
  5. Open Google Play Services and open Storage and then Clear cache.
  6. Restart your device and try making purchases again.

If the “Transaction cannot be completed” error reappears, make sure to continue through the list.

Solution 3 – Remove and add Payment method again

If one payment method won’t work, you can, if available, add an alternate paying method. On the other hand, if you have only one card you can rely on, re-establishing the Payment method in Google Pay can help and clear the error.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Open Play Store.
  2. Tap on the hamburger menu in the left top corner and open Account.
  3. Choose Payment methods.
  4. Tap More payment settings.
  5. Remove the current payment method and restart your device.
  6. Repeat the path and tap Add credit or debit card.
  7. Enter your credentials again and try purchasing with that payment method again.

Solution 4 – Reinstall the third-party app which bothers you

Finally, the last solution is reserved for the error appearing in the third-party app’s interface. Some apps offer premium services and features which can be bought in the app. The Google Pay is also utilized here, so the problem might be singled out to the app, instead of being a general issue.

When this happens, we recommend reinstalling the troublesome app and installing it again. After that, try upgrading to premium features again and look for changes.

Here’s how to reinstall the app with a few simple steps:

  1. Open App drawer or App menu.
  2. Tap-and-drag the app to the top and uninstall it.
  3. Navigate to Play Store and install the app again.
  4. Try making in-app purchases again and look for improvements.

That’s it. If you’re still unable to resolve the issue, we encourage you to post your problem to a dedicated forum thread or fill out the report on Google’s support center and get a call. Also, don’t forget to share alternative solutions or post questions in the comments section below. Your feedback is more than welcomed.

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