Needless to say, the Google Play Store simply lets you download and install Android apps officially and securely. In other words, it is the heart of the Android operating system. So without it, Android device users may not be able to make their mobile devices work properly.
Updating The Play Store
It is always necessary to have your version of the app updated due to the fact that it is required to manage installed apps and to install new ones. However, if you are new to Android or if you haven’t updated the installed version of the Play Store yet, it is possible to update it via the Google Play Store APK.
The Play Store has a 2019 version that you can download from a reliable source. But you need to enable the installation of apps from unknown sources if you want to use it on your mobile device.
Latest Version of the Play Store
You may download the most recent version 15.4.16 that is intended for Android versions 4.1 and up. Nevertheless, this could be a concern if the app no longer supports outdated apps on your mobile device. Therefore, you have to be careful in updating your version of the Play Store.
This is normally the case when you are migrating your apps to a new mobile device. The good thing though is that you can keep your favorite apps even when you can’t find it anymore in the Play Store.
Transferring Old Android Apps Into A New Phone
The answer is to transfer your old Android apps despite the fact that your new Play Store doesn’t support it anymore. The Android application package you are keeping in your device, however, may not be updated anymore. So there is a risk of not being fully compliant or secure with current standards.
You may only do this though if you are aware of the consequences. So proceed with caution and know that there are risks involved when doing this.
Do This On Your Old Mobile Device
- You have to download the APK extractor Pro from the Google Play Store first.
- After downloading the app, install it, but know that it may come with ads or you can opt for the ad-free experience worth 99 cents.
- Look for the app you want to save and click on the 3-dot menu icon.
- Choose ‘Share’, then pick a destination that you can access from your other phone.
Do This On Your New Device
- Look for the file you shared by opening the location where you shared your app. It should come with the ‘.apk’ file extension.
- Tap on it to open the file. You will be warned that you are not allowed to install unknown apps.
- You may find it a bit challenging when you are in a different version of Android. For Android 8 or later though, you may go to Settings then you will be taken to the screen where you can authorize a specific app to be able to install unknown apps. Older versions of Android may require you to go to Settings and to a screen where you will give permission to allow the installation of unknown apps on a system-wide level.
- Then, you can now follow the prompt for the installation of the new app after hitting the Back button.
Once the app is installed, you will be able to see it on your app drawer and you will see a prompt offering you to open the app immediately.