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Sometimes it’s necessary to install the Google Play Store manually. Whether you have accidentally uninstalled it, or you want to revert back to a previous version, or even if your Google Play Store is not working and you just want a fresh install.

First, check your current version

The first thing is that you should check your running version of the Google Play Store. Make sure that, are you installing the latest version of the Play Store?


  • Open the settings of the Google Play Store app.
  • Go to bottom and tap on “Play Store version”.


Second, Download Google Play Store apk from the web

It is the major step for getting the Play Store’s APK file. You can download the APK file of Google Play Store from many websites, tech blogs, and trusted forums. We suggest you should use APKMirror for the best option after Google Play Store to getting applications for your android device.


  • Tap here to get redirected on the APKMirror‘s page.
  • Make sure that which version you want. Just remember your current version installed on your phone and find the version you want. If you want a new version, see it if available.
  • Follow the instructions of the website and download the app according to the compatibility of your phone.

Third, allow the permissions

Up to Android 7 and below Android 8

  • Open your device settings then find and open the “Security/Privacy/Application settings” option.
  • Find or search Unknown Sources and tap on it.= then a warning will be displayed on your screen read them and hit “OK”.
  • You are now allowed unknown sources to install apps on your phone.

Android 8+

  • Start downloading the APK file, after downloading the file open it.
  • The OS will show a pop-up on your screen that the app doesn’t have permission to install the app from this source.
  • Click on the available setting option and a new page will be opened.
  • Tick the box to allow installation permission for this source then go back to the installation page.

Fourth, Install the Google Play Store using the file manager

  • We have done all the necessary settings for installing apps without Google Play Store.
  • Open your file manager and go for where you downloaded the APK file.
  • After finding the downloaded APK tap on it, then a new pop-up window will appear and you have to select “Package Installer” to install the APK file.
  • Click “Install” and wait for the installation process after completion your APK file will be installed on your phone.

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The final process, Disable Unknown Sources

This is the most important step to protect your data and manage privacy. If you leave the Unknown Sources box checked, it will harm your privacy. So turn it off. If you have Android Oreo or later then you can skip this step.

Up to Android 7 and below Android 8

  • Open your device settings then find and open the “Security/Privacy/Application settings” option.
  • Find or search Unknown Sources and open it, Uncheck the box.
  • You are now allowed unknown sources to install apps on your phone.
  • This will prevent everything (except the Play Store) from installing apps.
  • You can always re-check the box later if you need to do this again.

Android 8+

  • Open device settings and go for Apps option.
  • Find the app you have used to install the Play Store (Browser/File Manager) then click on it.
  • On the next page, uncheck the permission which allows the app to install an app outside of the Play Store.

James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Galaxy S4 and continues to get new S series devices. Most of the time, James tries to learn about new technologies and gadgets but he also sneaks a bit of free time to nearby rivers and nature.

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One UI 5 Watch Beta: How to join, download and install when Samsung starts



Samsung One UI 5 Watch

A few days back, Samsung teased the One UI 5 Watch operating system. This new wearable OS will be coming pre-installed with the next-generation Galaxy Watch lineup this August. Meanwhile, Samsung also starting the One UI 5 Watch Beta for current models this month.

As of May 20, Samsung has not announced the One UI 5 Watch’s Beta Program. It’s expected to begin next week for the Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. With a few simple steps, you will be able to join the One UI 5 Watch Beta through your Galaxy device.

How to join One UI 5 Watch Beta

To participate in the One UI Watch Beta Program, you must register through the Samsung Members app on your device:

  1. In the Samsung Members app, log in with your Samsung Account.
    • If you do not have a Samsung Account, create an account on the Samsung Account site.
  2. Once logged in to the Samsung Members app, select “Notices > Registration for One UI Watch Beta Program.”
  3. Complete and submit the application form.

If you meet the participation criteria, you will be enrolled in the One UI Watch Beta Program.

How to download & install One UI 5 Watch Beta

You must be enrolled in the One UI Watch Beta Program to install the Beta software. To avoid compatibility issues, before installing the Beta software, make sure all apps such as Galaxy Wearable and Watch Plugin on the device are updated to the latest version available.

If you enrolled in the Beta program successfully, update notifications will be sent at the start of Beta.

To download and install the Beta software, on your device, select “Settings > Software update > Download and install”. You can also use the update menu in Samsung’s Galaxy Wearable app. Beta software updates are rolled out gradually to One UI Watch Beta Program participants.

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How to recover calls and messages from a Samsung Galaxy using Find My Mobile



Samsung Retrieve Calls and Messages

Samsung’s Find My Mobile function allows you to locate, lock and/or wipe your device remotely, which is necessary if you have lost your Galaxy device. This guide tells you how you can enable an important toggle, which makes it possible to recover calls and messages from your Samsung Galaxy.

Firstly, you will need to be signed into your Samsung account in order to use Find My Mobile. And to utilize the tools available in the Find My Mobile section, you will need to enable the Remote Controls feature on your mobile device before you can use the service.

How to enable Remote Control feature

From the home screen of your Samsung device, swipe up and choose Settings. Now, you have to open the Security and privacy tab, where you can find the option to expand Find My Mobile tools.

Once expanded, hit the toggle to turn on the Find My Mobile. It will get enabled swiftly if your phone already has Samsung Account logged in, otherwise, you need to login or create a new one.

Now, simply tap the switches to turn on the listed tools namely Allow this phone to be found, Remote unlock, Send last location, Retrieve calls and messages, and Offline finding.

Samsung Retrieve Calls and Messages

Note: If you have already set up your Samsung account on your account, you may need to enter your password.

How to enable Retrieve calls and messages

During the procedure of setting up Find My Mobile, you have already enabled the “Retrieve calls and messages” feature. It allows you to recover your calls and messages if you lost your Samsung Galaxy device or it gets misplaced/stolen.

Find my mobile will show you the last 50 numbers that your device has made or received, for calls and messages. To recover, you will first need to login into SmartThings Find using your Samsung Account on a PC or secondary device and follow the below-mentioned steps.

  1. On the Find My Mobile page, click Retrieve calls/messages
  2. Click Retrieve
  3. The last 50 numbers will display on your screen
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One UI 5.1 Always On Display: How to activate and customize on all Samsung devices



Samsung Always On Display One UI

Samsung One UI 5.1 brings an enhanced Always On Display feature, which delivers a stunning user experience. Galaxy users are adequately aware of the Always On Display, while some users may have not activated or customized the function yet.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to access the One UI 5.1 Always On Display, turn it on or off, access additional settings, and edit the appearance. For starters, it’s going to be a big beneficial guide, while users already rocking with AOD on Galaxy can share their setup with us at tip[at]sammyfans[dot]com.

Samsung’s amazing AOD lets you view the clock, battery, and missed phone call/message notifications when the screen is turned off. Despite keeping the screen on all time, the feature uses less power and utilizes the proximity sensor to turn off completely when in the pocket.

With regular improvements, the company made the Always On Display feature more appealing. You can keep it on and show it off to your friends, while the ClockFace app allows you to create a customized clock appearance for the AOD functionality.

Let’s begin the guide:

Access AOD

First, swipe down from the Notification bar, then select the settings Settings icon. Now, scroll to and select Lock screen, turn Always On Display on or off and select the Always On Display switch. To access AOD Settings, select Always On Display and Edit the settings as desired.

One UI 5.1 Always On Display

Adding to this, One UI also allows you to edit the Always On Display appearance. To do so, navigate to the Always On Display screen, and select Clock style. Once done, you will be able to Edit the appearance as desired, then select Done.

One UI 5.1 Always On Display

It’s worth mentioning that flagship Galaxy devices may offer additional customization settings and options compared to budget ones. Samsung tells features availability varies by market and carrier so there’s a chance of riffs for consumers worldwide.

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