6 Ways To Fix Google Play Authentication Error on Android

Here is the fix for the error message on your Android smartphone that says "Google Play Authentication Required". If you had been using Android phone for sometime now, you should have encountered this error at least once. So what is the cause of this? Why does this error pop up and how do you fix it? We have the solution here.
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You are seeing this error because Google simply want to show you that your Android phone needs your active google account to work perfectly. Meaning, if you mistakenly logout or have your account login tampered with or similar cases, that error message will pop-up showing you how much your smartphone is dependent on Google products for your smartphone activity. This includes the Play Store. So checkout the ways to fix this authentication problem below;

This error might be because of a sign-in problem. The first thing to do is to go to Settings > Accounts, then remove the Google account registered there that is getting the Google Play authentication Required message. After that, re-add the account.

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This issue could be because things are not syncing properly from your phone. Go to Settings > Accounts > Google, then tap on your email address, and then press Sync All. You can go back to the Play Store after that to see if the message is gone. If it isn’t, you might have to do the following.

To do this, go to Settings > Applications, then locate the Google Play Store app. tap on it, then select Clear Data. This should ensure that the previous step works if it did not previously.

Open your web browser and visit the Play Store website from it. then try to download an app directly, rather than using the Play Store app.

Sometimes, the problem might not be from the sign-in attempts. It might just be the Play Store app malfunctioning. To solve this, tap on Settings > Applications, then select Play Store. After that, tap on Uninstall Updates, which will roll back the app to its factory version. Now, install the latest version of the Google Play Store and sign in again.

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If the Google Play Authentication Required error message does not go away after you tried all these steps, you might want to do a factory reset on your phone.

That's how to fix the google play authentication error on your Android devices.


  1. This article is well constructed and straight to the point.

    The last option so examined should be used as the last resort cos i can't imagine re downloading all my user apps again after formatting the phone.

    I hardly have issues with my Google account.

    Thanks for sharing this information with us

  2. this is really helpful. Thanks sir

  3. i actually experience this sometime ago. I had to ask someone to help me fixed it. With this update now. Am good to go.

  4. all dis information are well constructed... all dis problems always happen to version 2.3+ phones

  5. wizy I have a little problem
    I use ma browser to access play store ..but I can't download why?

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