You are here because you have the most annoying error of “unfortunately google play services has stopped” error on your phone. Well, there could be a number of reasons for which your play services are not properly working. So you have to try each step one by one until you get rid of error like “unfortunately google play services has stopped” or something like “nox google play services has stopped” or “nox google play services error”.
What is Google Play Services?
Are you wondering what does google play services do? Well, let me tell you. Google Play Services does not have any user interface. It is a service running in the background and you are not aware of its importance until you come across the google play services error like “nox google play services has stopped”, can’t update google play services etc. It is actually used by Android OS to update Google Play Store Apps and other Google applications.
Google Play Services are in fact the backbone of all of your apps, almost every Android app depends on these services to work properly. Play Services do have updates, but they are not updated through Play store, instead they are updated silently even without the user consent.
Google also made it quite clear that play services are controlling the working of apps in background and have updates well. It is also stated that play services come as a part of Google Apps Package so they are not open sources as well. If OEMs want to make changes in them they have to acquire proper contractual agreement from Google to make the required changes, otherwise they are not allowed to make any changes to the play services.
How to Solve unfortunately google play services has stopped Error?
These type of google services errors are occurring in new smartphones e.g Xiaomi, Motorola and Nubia Z9 Max and tablets as well. This error message keeps on prompting even after upgrading the firmware or new ROM installation. I have explained every possible solution for google play services has stopped error and you will surely find a solution for your error as well. Let’s find which solution fits for you.
Follow my solutions to solve unfortunately google play services has stopped error provided below:
Solution #1: Restart your smartphone
It’s very common solution to any android problems, so let’s give it a chance if you haven’t done it already. If this does not work for you then don’t worry there is a lot more we can do to tackle this, just go through the next solution.
Solution #2: Empty Cache of Google Play Services
This is the most used solution for the error “google play services has stopped”, and you might be able to solve this error after this solution. Follow the simple steps and get it SOLVED!
Go to to Settings > Apps > Google Play Services
Note: You will see different tabs in app manager section, choose All Apps tab to find Google Play Services Application
You will see “Clear Cache” button after opening the Google Play Services application. Click on that to clear the cache.
Restart your device and get rid of the annoying error!
Sometimes only flushing the cache does not completely resolve this error, we have to do some extra effort to overcome this. So follow the next solution for that.
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Solution #3: Reinstall Google Play Services Update
If you can’t update google play services by yourself. I’ll guide you step by step that how to update google play services on Android. Just follow these simple and easy to understand steps to get it done.
Step#1: Deactivate Device Administrators:
Navigate to Settings > Security > Device Administrators and tap on Deactivate
This will allow you to uninstall the existing copy of Google services from your phone.
Step#2: Uninstall Google Play Services
Goto Settings > Apps then tap on Google Play Services. Now click on “Uninstall Google Play Services”
Step#3: Confirm Uninstall
When you click on uninstall, it will prompt a confirmation message. Just click on “OK” and Google services update will be uninstalled.
Step#4: Run App which requires Google Play Services
You can launch G-mail application from your android to trigger play services to be reinstalled to the latest version on play store. It will prompt for reinstall confirmation and click on “OK”, it will successfully be reinstalled.
Step#5: Reactivate Android Device Manager
You can reactivate the android device manager by navigating to the following location:
Navigate to Settings > Security > Device Administrators and tap on Activate
Step#6: Reboot your Android Tablet or Smartphone
Reboot your android device so that the changes made can take effect.
I hope the error will be gone by now and your phone will be back in normal mode. If google play services error is still persisting then you don’t need to worry you can try my next solution.
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Solution #4: Reset All Apps Preferences for Solution
If the error “unfortunately google play services has stopped” is still there, I suggest you reset your all apps preferences for an alternate solution. Follow the simple steps given to execute this solution.
Navigate to app manager through Settings > Apps
You have to find the option “Reset App Preferences” in app manager section. This option location varies depending on your smartphone, mine is Xperia Z and reset app preference option is located in top-right corner by taping on 3 dots.
After resetting the app preferences, you have to reboot your device to take the changes effect.
I hope your phone is free from the annoying error of “unfortunately google play services has stopped”, if it is still there you can try my next solution which will most probably solve this issue.
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Solution #5: Re-add Google Account
If your problem is still persisting, you can remove your existing Google account and then add it again to get rid of this crazy error. So to do that, just follow my simple instructions.
Go to Account Manager by navigating to Settings > Accounts
Tap on Google and then click on your existing Google account
Now click on the 3 dots in top-right corner of your phone screen and click on Remove account option.
Step#4: Add your Google Account once again
After removing your existing Google account, you have to add it again.
So go to Settings > Accounts and tap on Add Account option in the bottom of the screen. Now enter your Email and follow the simple instructions to add your Google account.
I am quite sure that the error is gone by now, but if your phone is still pinging you for the “google play services has stopped” error. You have to move to the next solution which for sure will help you to get rid of this error.
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Solution #6: Clear Cache of Google Services Framework
Google Play Services depends on Google Services Framework. If the framework has some problems, it will be indirectly affecting the working of Google services. Let me give a little brief about this framework, Google Services Framework is a system application which takes control of exchange of data between your smartphone and Google servers and keeps it synced between them. So follow these steps to Clear cache:
Go to App Manager by navigating to Settings > Apps. As All Apps are sorted alphabetically, you can scroll to ‘G’ alphabet and look for Google Services Framework app and open it.
When the app is opened through app manager, now first click on Force Stop button and then click on Clear Cache below to flush the cache.
Now reboot your android device, so that the change made to your phone can take effect.
Solution #7: Factory Reset Android Phone or Tablet
If the error “unfortunately google play services has stopped” is still prompting on your phone, then you have to try a factory data reset to your Android device.
Note: Factory data reset will delete all the apps data and associated account data from your phone along with contacts stored on the phone. So I will strongly suggest you to backup all of your important data before performing this step.
This is the video which covers all the major steps to get rid of this error
So I hope that one of the above 7 solutions for error “unfortunately google play services has stopped” might have worked for you. So please don’t forget to give your valuable feedback on this guide to solve this annoying error you have to come across while using your android phone/tablet. I will really appreciate if you share this article to help your peers if they have to face this in future.
Also don’t forget to mention in comments that which solution worked for you, so that it would be easy for the other viewers to tackle this problem.