Google Play services

Google Play services is used to update Google apps and apps from Google Play.
This component provides core functionality like authentication to your Google services, synchronized contacts, access to all the latest user privacy settings, and higher quality, lower-powered location based services.
Google Play services also enhances your app experience. It speeds up offline searches, provides more immersive maps, and improves gaming experiences.
Apps may not work if you uninstall Google Play services.

More about Google Play Services

Google Play services is an essential app to use Google apps and update apps from Google Play Store. This app provides core functionality like authentication to your Google accounts, synchronized contacts and location services which work in the background. This app also enhances your app experience. Please note that some Apps may not work if you uninstall Google Play services from your device. This app is also an essential component of Google Play store.

The main purpose of this application is to authenticate its user. Moreover it can access to its user privacy settings and all kind of location services. This Application also enriches the user experience towards other applications. During offline, it improves the speed of searches and maps. This application improves the working of different apps downloaded from Google Play. Sometimes the Applications/Games don’t work without installation of Google Play Services.

Google Play Services is a feature of the Google Play to update any Google apps or the apps downloaded from Google Play Store. The purpose of this app is to offer the following functionalities.

  • Authenticity to your Google services
  • Synchronization for contacts
  • Access to latest privacy settings for the user
  • High quality
  • Low power location based services

With Google Play Services your experience for using apps is also enhanced. It also offers the following benefits.

  • Fast offline searches
  • Provision of detailed maps
  • Improved gaming experience

If you uninstall Google Play Services from your android device, then apps may not function properly.


  • It notifies to updates but does not start the update, resulting in apps to not function properly and phone to be slower.
  • Notification for updates pop up like every second

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Google Play Services technical file information

  • Package name:
  • Version:   16.0.89 (000300-239467275) (16089000)
  • File size:   45.3 MB
  • Updated:   April 9, 2019
  • Minimum Android version:   Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean, API 16)
  • MD5:   f95c1be1aa9b7b9c5e8f3525a8fae158
  • SHA1:   773f695425068c424ecb4eb6bf5252b34af68c10

Older Versions of Google Play Services:

Google Play Services   12.6.87 (000300-197331306)for Android 4.042.8 MB

Google Play Services   11.7.46 (030-175121617)for Android 4.034.2 MB

Google Play Services   10.0.84 (030-137749526)for Android 2.3.247 MB

Google Play Services   15.1.78 (000300-235076232)for Android 4.144.8 MB

Google Play Services   15.0.90 (000300-231259764)for Android 4.144.8 MB

Google Play Services   14.8.48 (020400-229632196)for Android 5.050.4 MB Show All Versions » Download from Play Store >>

To develop an app using the Google Play services APIs, you need to set up your project with the Google Play services SDK, which is available from the Google maven repository.

For more detailed instructions, and to learn more about Android Studio and related SDK tools, see Update the IDE and SDK Tools.

To test your app when using the Google Play services SDK, you must use either:

  • A compatible Android device that runs Android 4.1 or higher and includes Google Play Store.
  • The Android emulator with an AVD that runs the Google APIs platform based on Android 4.2.2 or higher.

Add Google Play Services to Your Project

To make the Google Play services APIs available to your app:

  1. Open the build.gradle file inside your application module directory. Note: Android Studio projects contain a top-level build.gradle file and a build.gradle file for each module. Be sure to edit the file for your application module. See Building Your Project with Gradle for more information about Gradle.
  2. Add a new build rule under dependencies for the latest version of play-services, using one of the APIs listed below.
  3. Ensure that your top-level build.gradle contains a reference to the google() repo or to maven { url "

For the longest time, we’ve suspected that Android’s “Check for update” does nothing to actually get you the update. If you were in the group that is supposed to receive the update, the button simply sped up the process instead of waiting for the next automatic check to reveal it, but if there was an update and you weren’t in the group, it did nothing to push you forward in the waiting line. Then in September, we were promised that manually pushing the button on Nexus and Pixel devices will get you an available update even when a passive background check wouldn’t, and it worked momentarily. But we later discovered that an update to Google Play Services broke the button againand it wouldn’t be back to working order until 2018.

Well, it’s now 2018 and it appears as though the “Check for update” function is working again. Yesterday, I checked for the February security patch OTA on my Pixel 2 XL and got nada. Artem did the same and complained about it, as Artem does, everywhere. Today, an update to Google Play Services, i.e. the cause of all woes, to v12.2.09 rolled out to the beta channel and we received many reports of it fixing the button. Artem installed the beta and checked for an update and immediately got the February security patch. I noticed that my phone was already on v12.2.09 by the time I woke up, checked for the OTA, and there it was. Many users are reporting the same thing, though mostly on the Pixel 2 line. On the original Pixel, reports are mitigated. This Reddit thread also confirms it.

Ah the beaut of it doing what it’s supposed to.

If you want to test it out for yourself, you can either join the Play Services beta on the Play Store and wait a bit for the app to update to version 12.2.09 or grab the proper variant APK for your device and install it manually from APK Mirror. Either way, once you’re on v12.2.09, head over to System updatein your phone’s settings and if you’re still on the January security patch, check for an update. It should, hopefully, pull up the February OTA right away.

  1. Save the changes, and click Sync Project with Gradle Files in the toolbar.

You can now begin developing features with the Google Play services APIs.

Selectively compiling APIs into your executable

Table 1 shows a list of the separate APIs that you can include when compiling your app, and how to describe them in your build.gradle file.

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