the Play Store does with the apps on your phone, from syncing and API
access to push notifications, goes through Google Play Services. It
tells your phone when to update apps and introduces new security
features and location settings. Long story short: you should keep it
updated. The latest version is Google Play Services APK 9.0.83 – find
out all about it below.
Google Play Services is the general overlord of apps, and you’re best off when it’s up to date. / © ANDROIDPIT
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Google Play Services 8.9.16April 14, 2016: Google changed the Google Play Services icon, making the colors bolder and adjusting the position of the lines slightly.
version numbers currently go as high as 9.0.83 on APKMirror, but we’ve
yet to test these out to find what’s new. It seems likely that Google
will be loading Play Services up with things in preparation for Google I/O,
which takes place May 18 – 20, so we might get more information on what
exactly is going on inside the mysterious app-to-rule-all-apps then.
A small improvement to the Play Services icon came in version 8.9.16 / © ANDROIDPIT
Google Play Services 8.7.02: what’s new?
March 1, 2016: The latest version of Google Play Services could fly under the radar but it actually introduces one tasty improvement.
Play Services 8.7.02 enables Chrome Custom tabs in the Google app. With
Custom Tabs, Android opens links from Google Now cards and Google app
searches in a condensed version of Chrome within the Google app, rather
than redirecting you to the dedicated Chrome app.
the speed at which web content is loaded, because these custom tabs
don’t require the same RAM and CPU usage as the regular Chrome app.
Download the latest Google Play Services APK here, and make sure you have the latest version of the Google App installed also.
The latest Google Play Services version enables Chrome Custom Tabs. / © ANDROIDPIT
Google Play Services 8.4.89
November 18, 2015: Now that Google has released an all-new batch of Material Design icons
for developers, it makes sense that some Google properties got an
update. This is also evident in a refreshed Smart Lock section in Settings, which now features some of the new icons. Android Auto also got an additional option for 720p video output.
Google Play Services 8.3.00
October 21, 2015:
Google Play Services v8.3 introduced a few back-end features but
nothing on the user-facing side. It is now much simpler to sign into
apps and there are some changes to how data is pushed to wearable
devices, making the whole process a lot more streamlined and efficient.
To get an idea of the more technical changes – or just for some comedic
relief – check out Magnus Hyttsten’s DevBytes video above.
Google Play Services 8.1.18
October 6, 2015: Google
rolled out Play Services version 8.1.18 for devices running Android 6.0
Marshmallow as well as Android 5.0 and higher, which delivers a number
of improvements to Android Wear related APIs such as Maps, Fit and
Android Pay just became your best friend to avoid heavy pockets. / © ANDROIDPIT
Google Play Services 8.1.15
has pushed a bunch of updates to Google Play Services lately, most of
which address changes brought about by Android Pay, which rolled out on
September 10. To use Android Pay you’ll need to be using Google Play
Services version 8.1.13 or above.
Google Play Services 8.1.05
September 2, 2015: There
has been a slew of Google Play Services updates in the last couple of
days, all following the bump to Play Services 8.1. On August 29 we saw
v8.1.02, followed by v8.1.04 on September 1. Now, on September 2 we’re
It’s too early to say what has changed between the
three versions, but it seems as though there has been a change to how
Google numbers the particular versions for specific devices,
architectures and display densities. You can learn more about this in
our section on getting the right version for your device below.
Google is updating its logo, app icons, search bar and Google Now animations. / © Google
Google Play Services 7.9.53
August 18, 2015: The
previous version of Google Play Services was 7.9.53. It was pulled from
the Android M developer preview 3. There was only one version
available, so make sure your device is compatible before you update it.
below for instructions on how to pick the right version for your phone.
If you update the wrong version you’ll have bugs until the right
version for your phone appears, so don’t be too hasty. We’ll update this
article if we find changes in the way Play Services handles things.
App permissions will soon be widespread in Android Marshmallow. / © ANDROIDPIT
Google Play Services 7.8.99
August 5, 2015:
After two pretty minimal incremental updates to Google Play Services —
v7.8.93 and v7.8.95 — we’ve now stepped things up a notch to Google Play
Services 7.8.99. The update has only just popped up, so we haven’t had a
chance to look into it yet, but we’ll update this article if we find
anything of note.
In the meantime, we’ll remind you to make sure
you install the correct version for your device. Instructions on getting
the right version are at the bottom of this article. Let us know if you
find anything new in the comments below.
Google Play Services is the link between your phone and the Play Store. / © ANDROIDPIT
Install Google Play Services: the easy way
simplest way to always have the latest version of Google Play Services
installed is to keep an eye on this page, where we’ll provide you with a
download link to the very latest versions available in the Play Store.
Just tap the install button below to ensure you have the current
Google Play services
However, as with most things Android, there are always newer
and better versions available if you’re willing to put in a little more
effort. For example, there are multiple versions of Google Play Services
for the different versions of Android you might have. So if you want
the very latest version then just follow the steps below.
First you need to know which version of Android you have. / © ANDROIDPIT
Install Google Play Services: the technical way
First, you’ll need to know which version of Android you have. Go to Settings > About Phone and look for Android Version. Then, you’ll need unknown sources enabled on your phone. This just allows you to install apps from outside Google Play. Go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources and check the box.
Then we need to enable Unknown Sources in your security settings. / © ANDROIDPIT
Next, you need to know which version of Play Services is
right for you. This is where your Android version number comes in. Each
Google Play Services version has a three number suffix at the end,
following the hyphen.
These three numbers are broken down as
follows: Android version, CPU architecture and dots per inch (DPI). You
can check the current version of Google Play Services by going to Settings > Apps > All tab > Google Play Services.
You can see the -446 suffix at the end of the Google Play Services version number (right). / © ANDROIDPIT
The first number is your Android version:
0 = Android 4.4.4 and older
2 = Android 5.0 and 5.1 (starting with Google Play Services v8)
4 = Android 6.0 and above (Note: 4 = Android 5.0 and 5.1 for versions of Google Play Services prior to v8)
7 = Android 5.0
8 = Android TV
The second number is your CPU architecture:
1 = armeabi
3 = armeabi-v7a
4 = arm64-v8a
7 = x86
The third number is your device screen’s DPI (dots per inch):
0 = universal
2 = 160 dpi
4 = 240 dpi
6 = 320 dpi
8 = 480 dpi
in the screenshot above you can tell I have a Lollipop device running
an ARMv8 chip with 320 DPI. If you want to do things the other way
around and figure out which number you should be looking for, just grab
CPU-Z, which will tell you your CPU architecture and DPI. The good news
is that once you know this information it won’t change until you get a
One the left we can see this device has x86 architecture and on the right, 160 DPI. / © ANDROIDPIT
Download Google Play Services APK
you simply have to choose the right Google Play Services version based
on the three pieces of information you just collected. You can find the
latest versions of Google Play Services hosted on APK Mirror
and select the right one with the right suffix for your device. Then,
just download and install Google Play Services onto your phone.