Fix ‘error checking for updates’ on Google Play Store

Tim Vickers

When you are trying to update your apps, you might get the “Error Checking for Updates” message on Google Play. This error mostly occurs when you try to update multiple apps at once. While you can still update one app at a time, it becomes rather inconveniencing.

Fortunately, there are several fixes to help resolve the issue. Let’s have a look at the reasons behind the error as well as solutions for fixing it.

Why Google Play is not updating

Some of the top reasons for the error checking for updates on Android phones include:

  • Corrupted cached data
  • Corrupted data related to the app
  • If your phone has run out of storage space
  • If you don’t have an internet connection, if the connection is weak
  • Your SD card is corrupted (when using it as the primary storage space)
  • If a recently installed update is malfunctioning

 How to fix “error checking for updates” in Google Play Store

To fix this error:

Solution 1: Clear the cache

Corrupted cached data could be the reason you are having problems updating your applications on the Google Play Store. Clearing the cache can easily fix the issue. To clear it:

  • Go to Settings > Applications (or apps) on your Android phone
  • Scroll down until you come across Google Play Store app. Tap on it to open.
  • Go to Clear Cache which is found under Cache or Storage
  • Tap on the button to clear stored cached data
  • Restart the app and try updating your applications again

Solution 2: Delete saved data

All apps on Android phones save data, in addition to cached files. If clearing the cache does not fix the issue for you, then it is possible that the saved data could be the reason you are unable to update your apps. Deleting it could help fix the problem:

  • Go to Settings > Applications (or apps) on your Android phone
  • Scroll down to Google Play Store app and tap to open.
  • Find the Clear Data option, just below Cache or Storage
  • Clear the data and restart the Play Store
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Solution 4: Re-install Play Store updates

Another reason why Google Play Store won’t update your apps is if the application’s update files are corrupted or malfunctioning. In this case, you need to reinstall the update:

  • Go to Settings > Apps on your phone and select Google Play Store
  • In the App Info page that pops up, select Uninstall Updates
  • Relaunch Google Play Store

Make sure you have a strong internet connection. The app will start updating to the latest version automatically. Once the updates are installed, you can now resume updating other applications.

In conclusion

Hopefully, you can now be able to update your existing apps as well as install new ones. The above solutions have worked for the majority of users who have been experiencing this problem. Let us know which step worked out for you.


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