Any Android mobile is made up of a series of basic applications . Most of them can be seen, such as the Phone, SMS, Contacts app or the services offered by Google itself: GMail , Google Maps , the Google Play application store … However, there are some that work in the background and that we do not see, but that take care of very important aspects.

The most important piece that works behind the scenes is Google Play Services. It is always there, in the background, managing various tasks and taking care that everything works well. It is the elementary pillar that unites a lot of applications and services , and therefore, it must be constantly updated. If you do not know what it is, we will explain it to you, we will show you how to update it and we will show you its installation process on those Android phones that do not have it as standard.

What is Google Play Services and what does it do?

Google Play Services is an application that is responsible for articulating multiple elements on any Android device. When installed, this app is responsible for offering all the functions that Google includes in its applications so that we can access them from any app that needs it.

It is always in the background, so we never interact with it directly , but every time an app uses a library that depends on Google Play Services, this tool shows us the information.

Why is not the developer of the app directly integrated and so we do not depend on Google? Very easy. Using Google Play Services has benefits for both users and creators of apps. For us, as consumers, it means that we can enjoy a lot of functions and new features without having to rely on the OTA updates that each manufacturer sends.Google Play Services is the tool that allows to put a bit of order between the different versions of Android and that in many functions no user is left behind.

Google Play Services is the tool that allows to put a bit of order between the different versions of Android and that in many functions no user is left behind.

This does not mean that we can incorporate everything new, but the essential yes. For developers, using Google Play Services means that they do not have to invest time and effort in reviewing their app every time Google introduces a change, so that the call to the library is there, it will continue to work without problems. Today, Google Play Services is the glue that helps any Android device with a version higher than 2.3 Gingerbread does not become obsolete every time Mountain View makes a change in their services and applications.

Updating Google Play Services

Google Play Services is located within the Google application store, but unlike other apps, it updates itself and we do not have to be aware that the latest version is downloaded or not. It may be the case, although it is very unlikely, that is not the case, but for that there is also a solution.

Simply search “Google Play Services” in the Google app store to show us this application in the first result. You can see how it looks just above these lines. In two steps:

  • We open Google Play and search for ” Google Play Services .”
  • If we see the button ‘Update’ means that the app is not up to date, we click on it and wait for it to download and install.

If the application is not up to date, we will see that a button will appear telling us to update . We click on it and in a matter of seconds it will be downloaded and installed in our terminal. As you can see, it is very easy and has no mystery. If you notice at some point that an app that depends on Google does not work well, probably the problem is here.

What if my Android does not have it installed?

It may be the case that our Android phone does not have Google Play Services. The usual thing is that manufacturers pay a fee to include Google apps on their phones, but there are those who prefer not to do so and serve your device with other alternative apps for various reasons (for example, that Google tools are not in that country, like China).

If we have a phone from any major manufacturer, we will not have to worry, as it will come pre-installed as standard but if we have done with a China terminal and it is from some little known brand , we have many tickets that do not come with Google apps pre-installed

In fact, that’s the fastest way to see if a mobile has Google Play Services installed as standard or not. If you do not have Gmail, Google Maps or any other app of yours, it means you have decided to do without it. Does it mean then that I can not use my Google account? No, there is a solution.If we buy a phone from a little-known Chinese brand, we have many ballots so that we do not come with Google Play Services pre-installed.

If we buy a phone from a little-known Chinese brand, we have many ballots so that we do not come with Google Play Services pre-installed.

Fortunately, in Android there are several secure repositories that are responsible for uploading copies of the free apps that are on Google Play. APKMirror is the best known and one of the most reliable. Since Play Services is free, you also have a copy on this page and we can download it:

Downloading and installing these two apps, we can now connect our Google account and start downloading all the apps from the official store without any problem. Although there are manufacturers who prefer to do without them, it is possible to configure everything the same and that works without any problem.