Android is an open source platform that allows any manufacturers of smart communication devices to use this operating system on their own terms. This clearly means manufacturers can use their discretion to make changes or rather bend the rules set by Android. This is the reason why different Android mobiles have different user-interface. For example, a user of Google Pixel phones would certainly find it difficult to get along with Samsung Galaxy phones. While Google lets companies customize Android, it also wants them to follow some rules to bring some similarity in user-experience on Android devices.

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For this purpose, Google created Compatibility Definition Document (CDD); this is a list of instructions every manufacturer has to follow to clear Compatibility Test Suite (CTS). If a brand wants to ship its device with pre-installed Google apps and services, they need to pass the CTS. In case they fail to clear CTS, they cannot sell their devices with Google Play Store or any other essential Google apps or services.

There are many mobile makers, who bypass these requirements or instructions set by Google. But they offer some tricks and tips to the users to use Google apps and services on their mobiles, which are not running on the Android operating system. This is a clear breach of Google’s certification, and consequently, Google shows its temper by blocking such devices from side-loading apps and Google services. If you are using any such device manufactured after March 16th, you will get “Device is not certified by Google” error message.

Normally, this message appears when users are setting up their devices. Users will be stopped from signing into Google account. However, there is a trick you can employ to fix ‘Device is not certified by Google’ error on Android device.

How to Fix the Device is not Certified by Google Error on Android

How to Check if your Android device is uncertified

First off, you need to check if your phone or tablet is uncertified.

I want to check that Google does not certify my device.

Step #1. Launch Google Play Store on your Android device.

Launch Google Play Store on your Android device

Step #2. Now, Tap on sidebar menu from the left of your device screen.

Tap on Menu in Google Play Store on Android

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Step #3. Next, you need to tap on ‘Settings.’

Tap on Settings in Google Play Store on Android

Step #4. Then scroll down to the ‘About.’ Here, you will find your device’s certification under ‘Device certification.’

You will find your device certification under Device certification

If it is ‘Certified,‘ smile!

How to Unblock Google Apps on Android Devices

Google knows that some manufacturers are bypassing Google’s authority; but the search engine doesn’t want to punish common users, and therefore, Google has created a webpage for users, who can visit to unblock Google apps on their Android device. Follow the steps to unblock Google apps.

Step #1. First off, You need to find your device’s GSF Device-ID.

You wish you could use Device ID app from the Play Store, but you have no access to Play Store. No worries, you can download this APK form the link.

Step #2. Once you download the APK, launch the app and copy the code ‘Google Service Framework (GSF).’

Step #3. Next, open this webpage.

Step #4. Now, enter your GSF Device-ID in the “Android ID” box and then hit the ‘Register’ button, your registered ID will appear on the page.

Unblock Google Apps on Android Device

That’s it!

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This method has worked for many Android users; however, this is not a sure-fire success for every user.

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