7 Best Ways to Fix Google Play Store Error Check­ing for Updates

Parth Shah

Google Play Store is the official store to download apps and games on Android. The Play Store's navigation is confusing, and sometimes the app fails to download apps and games. At times, Google Play Store shows errors while checking for updates in the Manage apps & device menu. You can fix that.

Fix error checking for updates in google play store

Over the years, Google has revamped the Play Store with a new UI. But the issues underneath are still intact. As a result, users frequently see the Play Store getting errors for checking apps and games updates. If you are among the affected ones, it’s time to troubleshoot the issue and install the latest apps and games on the Android phone.

1. Check Internet Connection

    The biggest culprit behind the Play Store failing to check for updates is a sloppy internet connection. Make sure your Android phone has good enough internet speed.

    Try opening few browser tabs in Chrome or Firefox and observe the speed. If you are connected to a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi frequency, try connecting to the 5.0GHz frequency, and it should improve the internet speed on your phone.

    2. Check App Updates Preference

    Google Play Store allows you to auto-update apps in the background. This can be useful when you keep getting errors for checking updates manually.

    With auto-update apps, you can leave the updating hassle to Google. Here’s how to set auto-update apps in the Google Play Store.

    Step 1: Open Google Play Store on your Android phone.

    Step 2: Tap on the account profile icon at the upper right corner and go to Settings.

    Step 3: Navigate to Network preferences > Auto-update apps.

    Select play store settings
    Auto update apps in play store

    Step 4: Set auto-updates apps to over any network or on Wi-Fi only.

    Auto update apps in play store

    3. Clear Play Store Cache and Data

    Google Play Store collects cache data in the background to open frequently visited app pages quickly. A massive cache and storage data may lead to errors in checking for new app updates in the Play Store.

    You need to clear the Play Store cache and storage from the Settings menu. Here’s how.

    Step 1: Find the Play Store app icon in the app drawer or the home screen menu.

    Step 2: Long-press on the Play Store icon and tap on the little info button in the context menu.

    Step 3: Go to Storage & cache.

    Select app info in google play store
    Google play store storage and cache

    Step 4: Clear storage and Clear cache from the following menu.

    Clear storage and cache in play store

    Step 5: Open the Play Store app and try updating apps again.

    Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Apps & notifications > See all apps and select Google Play Store from the following menu.

    Select apps notifications menu
    Select google play store

    4. Give Google Play Store Unrestricted Data Usage

    With unrestricted data usage, Google Play Store can automatically update the apps in the background even when the Data Saver is on.

    Step 1: Find the Play Store app icon in the app drawer or the home screen menu.

    Step 2: Long-press on the Play Store icon and tap on the little info button in the context menu.

    Select app info in google play store
    Play store mobile data and wifi

    Step 3: Go to Mobile data & Wi-Fi.

    Step 4: Enable Unrestricted data usage toggle from the following menu.

    Disable unrestricted data usage

    5. Disable Google Play Store

    Sometimes, disabling and enabling the Play Store from the Settings menu might fix annoying issues.

    The option to disable Google Play Store is in the same app info menu. Open Settings and navigate to Apps & notifications > Google Play Store and disable the app from the following menu. You can enable it again from the same menu.

    Select see all apps in settings
    Disable google play store

    Open the Play Store and try to update the apps again.

    6. Reset App Preferences

    Normally, we don’t advise using this trick unless it’s necessary. The Reset app preferences toggle will reset all preferences for disabled apps, disabled app notifications, background app restrictions for apps, and reset any permission restrictions.

    All your custom app preferences will be gone, and you will have to set them up again. So use this method only if the error for check updates isn’t solved by now.

    Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android phone.

    Step 2: Go to Apps & notifications > See all apps.

    Select see all apps in settings
    Reset app preferences

    Step 3: Tap on the three-dot menu at the top and select Reset App preferences.

    Reset apps on android

    7. Uninstall Play Store Updates

    Unlike the App Store on iOS, the Google Play Store works as a separate app on Android. Meaning, it’s not tied with Android OS updates, and Google can frequently release Play Store updates to add new features and change UI.

    The latest Google Play Store update might have messed up the updates function on the phone. You can uninstall those updates and go back to the factory version. Follow the steps below.

    Step 1: Long-press on the Google Play Store icon and open the info menu.

    Step 2: From the Play Store app info menu, tap on the three-dot menu at the top and select Uninstall updates option.

    Uninstall updates
    Uninstall play store updates

    Step 3: Confirm your decision, and the Play Store will revert to the factory version.

    Start Updating Apps Again

    Google Play Store showing errors for checking updates might lead you to side-loading APK files from the web. It’s unproductive and unsafe to install apps from other sources rather than Google Play Store on Android. The methods mentioned above should fix up things for you. Let us know which trick fixed the Play Store error for you in the comments below.

    Next up: Is the auto-update apps function not working for you in the Play Store? Read the post below to learn the top nine fixes for Google Play Store not auto-updating apps in the background.


    The above article may contain affiliate links which help support Guiding Tech. However, it does not affect our editorial integrity. The content remains unbiased and authentic.

    Read Next

    Join the newsletter

    Parth Shah

    Written By

    Parth Shah

    Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.