There are several reasons to like Android so much. With easy-to-use UI, a lot of highly advanced features like OK Google, and more significantly user-friendly design, it is by far the most popular mobile OS in the world.

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A couple of days ago, I got an error called ‘Unfortunately Google Play Services Has Stopped‘ on my Android smartphone while I was making a few changes in the Settings. I was surprised and looked forward to fixing it. Fortunately, I was able to fix this error with some handy tricks.

Here are few tricks to fix Error Unfortunately Google Play Services Has Stopped.

How to Fix Unfortunately Google Play Services Has Stopped

How to Fix Unfortunately Google Play Services Has Stopped

Solution #1: Restart your device

On numerous occasions, I have been able to fix some minor issues just by rebooting my device.

Press and hold the Power button on your Android device, and when the menu appears on your device tap on Restart.

Press and hold the Power button on your Android deviceWi-Fi and Mobile data

Ensure that there is proper internet connection on your device.

Go to Settings → turn Wi-Fi or Mobile data off and then back on.

Solution #2: Clear Google Play Services cache and data

Step #1. Go to Settings → Tap on Apps (There will be Manage Apps, App Manager or Applications on some Android devices)

Go to Settings and then Tap on AppsStep #2. Locate Google Play Services and tap on it.

Tap on Google Play ServicesStep #3. Now, tap on Force Stop and finally tap on OK to confirm.

tap on Force Stop and finally tap on OK to confirmSolution #3: Remove Google Services Framework cache and data

Step #1. Go to Settings on your device and tap on Apps.

Step #2. Tap on Google Framework

Step #3. Click on Force Stop.

Step #4. Click on Clear Cache.

If it doesn’t solve the issue, you will need to clear data as well. (Settings → Apps → Google Services Framework → Clear Data.)

Solution #4: Remove Google Play Store cache and data

Step #1. Go to Settings and tap on Apps.

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Step #2. Click on Google Play Store.

Step #3. Tap on Storage.

Step #4. Tap on Clear Data and Clear Cache.

Tap on Clear Data and Clear Cache.Clear Data (Following the above-mentioned steps), if it doesn’t resolve the issue.

Change the language

Some users who had run into this problem were able to fix by changing the language. Head over to SettingsLanguage & InputLanguages, and select English (United Kingdom) from the list.

Reset app preferences

Resetting app preferences have done the trick for several users to fix error “Unfortunately Google Play Services Has Stopped” including me. Hopefully, it clicks for you as well.

  • Go to Settings and tap on Apps.
  • Next up, you have to tap on three lines from the top-right corner to open the menu.
  • Tap on Reset app preferences followed by Reset apps.

Disable Location Services

Go to Settings → Location services and turn it off.

Remove Google Account and Re-add It

  • Open Settings and tap on Accounts.
  • Locate your Google account, tap on it.
  • Tap on Remove. Now, you have to go back to Settings → Accounts and tap on Add Account.
  • Type your Gmail username and password.

Change the password

A few users, who had encountered this issue, reported that changing the password of their Gmail account solved the problem for them.

Solution #5: Update Google Play Services

Make sure you have the latest version of Google Play Services on your device. Open SettingsApps → tap on Google Play Services → tap on “Uninstall Updates”. Now, install the newest version on your device.


  1. Deactivate Google Play Services. (Settings → device administrators → Deactivate Android Device Manager.)
  2. Uninstall Google Play Services. (SettingsApplication ManagerGoogle Play Servicesuninstall updates.
  3. Use any app that will require Google Play Services. You will be prompted to install the Services.
  4. After you have reinstalled the latest version, activate Android Device Manager. SettingsSecurityDevice Administrators.
  5. Finally, you need to reboot your device.)

Solution #6: Factory data reset

If all the above-mentioned solutions haven’t been able to solve the problem of Google Play Services Has Stopped, then you need to do factory data reset. Make sure to backup your data before going ahead with the process.

It will delete all your files, personal settings, and third-party apps and your device will be set to its factory settings.

Step #1. Open Settings on your device.

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Backup and Reset.

Scroll down and tap on Backup and ResetStep #3. Tap on Factory data reset and tap on Reset Phone.

Tap on Factory data reset and tap on Reset PhoneYou may also read: How to Fix Google Play Store Error 927

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