How to Fix ‘Error Checking for Updates’ Error on Google Play Store?

Google Play Store is one of the main applications that come pre-installed with almost all mobile phones that are running Android. It contains thousands of applications that the users can download and install on their mobiles. The app is also responsible for keeping all the applications on the mobile up to date. However, quite recently, a lot of reports have been coming in where users are unable to update the applications on their mobiles.

According to the reports, an “Error Checking for Updates” message is received whenever an app update is qued. In this article, we will discuss some of the reasons due to which this error is triggered and also inform you of viable solutions to eradicate it. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully and in the exact order in which they are represented.

Error Checking for Updates

What Causes the “Error Checking for Updates” Error on Google Play Store?

After receiving numerous reports from multiple users, we decided to investigate the issue and devised a set of solutions to fix to completely. Also, we looked into the reasons due to which it is triggered and listed them as follows.

  • Corrupt Cache: Certain data is cached by all applications to increase performance and decrease the loading times. This data can sometimes be corrupted which can prevent certain features of the application from working properly.
  • Corrupt Data: In some cases, certain data related to the app might get corrupted due to which this error might be triggered. This data is usually regenerated every once in a while so there isn’t any data loss if you delete it.
  • Internet Connection: Make sure that the connection that you are using is stable and that there isn’t a proxy or VPN active. Because, if the connection is detected as insecure, the updating process might get delayed.
  • Storage Space: The updating process can also be derailed if there isn’t enough space available on the mobile. Therefore, it is recommended to free up some space if there is less than 200MB of space available.
  • Corrupt SD Card: In some cases, the SD card inside the mobile can prevent the updating process from working properly. Therefore, it is recommended to temporarily remove the SD card and check if it fixes the issue.
  • Playstore Updates: The issue can also be caused due to the malfunctioning of a recently installed update. The update might not have been installed properly which might have corrupted some features of the application.

Now that you have a basic understanding of the nature of the problem, we will move on towards the solutions. Make sure to implement these in the specific order in which they are provided to avoid conflict.

Solution 1: Clearing Cache

If certain cached data has been corrupted, it can prevent the applications from being updated. Therefore, in this step, we will be clearing this cached data from the settings. For that:

  1. Drag down the notifications panel and click on the “settings” icon.
    Clicking on the Settings Cog
  2. Scroll down and click on “Applications”.
    Clicking on the “Applications” option
  3. Click on “Apps” and click on the “Google Play Store” app from the list.
    Selecting Google Play Store from the list

    Note: If you don’t see the Google Play Store app, click on the three dots in the top right corner and click on “Show System Apps”.

  4. Click on “Storage” and select the “Clear Cache” option
    Clicking on the “Clear Cache” button
  5. Wait for the cache to be cleared and check to see if the issue persists.

Solution 2: Clearing Data

In case clearing the cache doesn’t fix the issue, in this step, we will be clearing the data for the Google Play Store app. Clearing this data might prompt you to sign in to your account again but it won’t cause any other important data loss. To clear the data, just repeat the process indicated in the first method and opt for the “Clear Data” option instead of the “Clear Cache” one.

Selecting the Clear Data option

Solution 3: Uninstalling Updates

If a certain update hasn’t been applied properly, it can prevent some important features of the application from working properly. Therefore, in this step, we will be uninstalling all updates to the Google Play Store application. For that:

  1. Drag down the notifications panel and click on the “settings” icon.
  2. Scroll down and click on “Applications”.
  3. Click on “Apps” and click on the “Google Play Store” app from the list.
    Selecting Google Play Store from the list

    Note: If you don’t see the Google Play Store app, click on the three dots in the top right corner and click on “Show System Apps”.

  4. Click on the “Three Dots” in the top right corner and select the “Uninstall Updates” option.
    Clicking on the three dots in the top right corner and selecting “Uninstall Updates”
  5. Check to see if the issue persists.

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