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How to Fix “Error Checking for Updates” on Google Play Store

Have you encountered an ” error checking for updates” warning when trying to update your apps on Google play store? if yes then you’re in the right place.

The error is most likely to occur when updating many apps simultaneously. You can still update a single app at a time, but as more apps are installed, this becomes increasingly cumbersome.

The good news is that there are a number of fixes that can help resolve the issue. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the probable reasons and various solutions to fix the error.

Reasons Why Google Play is not updating

Some of the most common causes of the issue ‘error checking for updates’ on Android phones are:

  • Cached data that has been corrupted.
  • Data relating to the app has been corrupted.
  • If you don’t have access to the internet, or if the connection is unstable.
  • your SD card is infected with malware or corrupted especially when its set as the primary storage space.
  • If you have ran out of storage space on your phone.
  • There may be an issue with a recently installed update.

How to fix error checking for updates in Google Play Store

1: Clear the cache

You may be encountering issues upgrading your Google Play Store apps because of corrupted cached data. To delete or clear your cache follow the steps below:

  • On your Android phone, navigate to Settings > Applications (or applications).
  • Continue scrolling down until you reach the Google Play Store application. To open, simply tap on it.
  • Select Clear Cache from the Cache or Storage menu.
  • Restart the app and retry upgrading your apps.

2: Clear/Delete saved data

In addition to cached files, all apps on Android phones store data. If emptying the cache does not resolve the issue, it is likely that the cached data is the cause of your inability to update your apps. Deleting it may help in resolving the issue:

  • On your Android phone, go to Settings > Apps (or applications).
  • Scroll down and press to open the Google Play Store app.
  • Locate the Clear Data option, which is directly underneath Cache or Storage.
  • Clear the cache and relaunch the Play Store.

3: Re-install Play Store updates

Another possibility why your apps won’t update in the Google Play Store is if the application’s update files are damaged or otherwise not operating properly. The following steps must be taken to reinstall the update:

  • Choose Google Play Store from the Apps menu in your phone’s Settings menu.
  • Select Uninstall Updates from the App Information screen that appears.
  • Re-launch Google Play Store
  • Make sure you’ve got a reliable internet connection. The app will begin upgrading to the most recent version on its own initiative.
  • Once the updates have been successfully installed, you may proceed to update additional software.

4: Format or Replace your SD Card

If you’ve configured your SD Card as the primary storage, check to ensure that it is not corrupting data in any way. Formating the SD card may help resolve the issue.

Formatting an SD card deletes everything on it, even garbage and damaged data that are typically hidden.

Once you’ve charged your Android phone and backed up any important data, follow these steps to format a card.

  • With your Android device’s SD card attached, enter “Settings.”
  • Select “Device care” from the menu.
  • Select “Storage,” followed by “Advanced.”
  • Scroll down to the “Portable storage” heading and locate your SD card. Tap on the SD card once it is located.
  • Select “Format.” Tap “Format SD card” in the pop-up that displays.

If this doesnt resolve the issue its the high time you should consider getting a new SD card.


Hopefully, you’ve been able to upgrade any old programs and also install new ones now that you have the capability.

The methods listed above have shown to be effective for the vast majority of people who have encountered the ‘error checking for updates’ issue on Google play store. Please do let us know what step was successful for you.

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