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How to fix Google Play authentication is required error?

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The Google Play Authentication Required error is a surprisingly common problem on Android devices. As a result, you realize how much you rely on Google products in its activity on smartphones, especially in the Play Store. Without this application, you wouldn't be able to download all kinds of applications and updates. However, we have good news for you - it is a very easy problem to fix. Just follow the instructions given in our guide below. Learn how to fix an authentication error on Google Play and continue to enjoy downloading your favorite apps.

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The problem with Google Play authentication can cause many problems because without this valuable application we are not able to download our favorite and useful applications. No worries! There are several different ways to fix this problem ranging from a simple data wipe to a more drastic factory reset as a last resort. In today's guide, you will learn how to fix the Google Play authentication error. It is enough for you to read the material in which we presented the following methods.

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1. Uninstall Play Store updates

Sometimes the problem isn't with your credentials, but with the Play Store itself. To change this, go to the Play Store in Settings> Applications> Google Play Store. Be careful to select Google Play Store and not Services. After that, all you have to do is just hit the Uninstall Updates option. This will return you to the original version of the Play Store that was installed on your device.
The uninstall button may be in different places depending on the phone. Sometimes it can be in the upper right corner after clicking on the three dots.

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2. Remove Google Account 

The error may simply be a problem with logging, which sometimes occurs after the update Play Store. The first trick is to head to your phone's main Settings menu, then Accounts & Sync, and simply remove the Google Account that shows the Authentication Required error. Once that's done, you can add the account again and it should work fine. You can also restart your phone before adding it again just in case. However, you may need to complete this step along with the second step below.

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3. Sync your account

It's possible that things are not syncing for some reason and that is simply the reason why the error is occurring. To fix this go to Settings, tap Accounts & sync, find your Google account, tap on it, and select Account sync. After that, you can go back to the Play Store and see if the authentication message is gone.

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4. Clear data from the Google Play Store

To clear data from the Play Store, you need to go to Settings, then Apps and find the Google Play Store. Tap it, scroll down and go to Storage. Then just select Clear Data.
You don't need to clear all data right away, you can try clearing the cache first if you want, but clearing the data will clear the cache as well.

If the previous step with refresh sync didn't work, try again after clearing cache and data - it may give better results.

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5. Download the application using a computer browser

This workaround avoids completely malfunctioning the Play Store app. Go to the web browser and go to Google Play Store. Try to download the app directly from here, not through the Google Play Store app. Simply log in to your Google account through your browser and install the selected application.
You can also do this in a browser on your computer. You will be prompted to log in to your Google account, and then to select the device you want to download the application. As long as your smartphone/tablet is connected to the Internet, the download should begin almost immediately.

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If after all these steps, you still have problems, do it again in this order, restarting the phone between steps: Remove Google Account, reboot, uninstall updates, install the new Play Store, restart, add the account, etc... Just try until the error disappears.

6. Last option: Factory Reset

The last option that may work is Factory Reset, here's how to do it.

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