How to Fix “Google Play Authentication is Required” Error?

How to Fix “Google Play Authentication is Required” Error?

“Google Play authentication is required” is most frequent error we encounter whenever we try to download some apps from Google Play. Google play is the pivotal point to all Google services. It happens sometimes when we try to install or open an app through Google play store we run into ‘authentication error google play’, which is quite frustrating.

Google didn’t end up with a solution to this error yet. Let us be a helping hand to fix this irksome error. Just follow the methods below in the order they are mentioned, you will surely settle in one way or the other.

Here’s demystifying one of the most thwarting Google Play Store Errors: Google Play Authentication is Required

Method1: Uninstalling updates

“Google Play authentication is required” might arise due to a common sign-up error but there might be a glitch in the Google Play Store itself. Updates are sometimes being the prime cause of these authentication errors. Rolling back to the previous version might unravel the mess.

  • Navigate to Settings
  • Tap on Apps
  • Now go to Google Play Store
  • and hit Uninstall updates.

This will bring you back to the factory version of Google Play Store> Now you need to install the latest version of Google Play Store, followed by signing-in.

apps on phone

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Method 2: Deleting the Google Account

If uninstalling the updates for your Google Play Store doesn’t seem to resolve the issue, you might need to remove your Google Account which is getting this error.

Follow the steps to remove your Google account: Settings> Accounts> Google> Tap on the account name (the one which is getting the authentication error)> Tap on the three dots on top right corner> Remove Account followed by confirming with OK.

Now you can re-add your account with a fresh start. Again download  the app from Google Play Store.

accounts on android

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Method 3: Resync

All your data is synced with Google which enables you to operate all Google Services simultaneously. You must ensure that things are syncing properly by going to Settings> Accounts> Google> Tap on your email address> Sync all. Once you are over with this, visit Google Play Store and check if authentication error still persists.

Go to Settings> Apps> Google Play Store> Clear data> OK.

Method 4: Clear app data

Authentication error google play can also be resolved by clearing app data. Excess app cache and data slows your system down, sometimes app is loaded with unwanted crap which becomes a barrier in desired functionality. Clearing the app data will resolve the error which is hampering the authentication.

  • Click on Settings
  • Go to Storage & Memory
  • Tap on Apps
  • Hit Google Play Store
  • Now you can Clear data!

storage and memory
google play store error

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Method 5: Install the app through the browser

This error might be app-particular, due to some unwanted dependencies. Installing the app through the browser by signing in with your Google account. Try the methods in the order mentioned again if the issue still persists.

Method 6: Factory reset your device

This method should be your last choice as factory resetting your device will erase everything including your personal data. This method will surely resolve the issue because factory reset brings your device back to the original state as if it is new. A lot of errors occur due to malwares which blocks various protocols including authentication. Erasing everything will erase all malware clenching data.

We hope one of the methods listed above will rectify the muddle due to “Google Play authentication is required” error. Do let us know if you end up with a better solution. If you face some other Google Play store errors, do drop a line in the comment section below.

Mansi Vijay is a content writer with Systweak Software. Being a Mass Communication graduate, her knowledge is not restricted to only Content Writing. She loves to experiment with Software and holds interest in Graphic Designing as well. She enjoys little things in life & in her free time, loves to swing on the beats of music!

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