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I factory reset my Sony Xperia Play because unfortunately it had become unusable. I factory reset it again and cleared the data after leaving the Market app to update itself didn't work. The Xperia Play is connected to wifi and I'm using an app password set via my Google account but the Market app crashes and a network error message pop-ups. Has anyone managed to get the Google Play store back after a factory reset?

Edit: Android version 2.3.4

  • Which Android version are you using? – Firelord Nov 28 '18 at 13:00
  • Is Opengapps an option? – Andy Anderson Nov 28 '18 at 22:17
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Assuming you are using a stock (non-rooted) Sony Xperia Play (Android 2.3 Gingerbread), this Reddit thread on How to use Android 2.3 Gingerbread in 2017 after a factory reset is informative.

The summary is don't factory reset. And if you do, the latest versions of the Google Services will overflow the limited storage capacity of the older device. GMS (Google Mobile Services) appears to be the culprit.

From the author:

In the days of GMS-everywhere the trick helps only so much: you do get some free internal space back, but lose the ability to use the phone beyond such complex activities as sending SMS or switching its screen on & off.

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GMS contains > 300 services inside. On [author's phone] it oft aborts & fills /data/system/dropbox & /data/tombstones dirs w/ lengthy stack traces. The battery goes down the toilet, the phone frequently hangs (sometimes even reboots itself) & in general feels rather sluggish.

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The only remedy seems to be to uninstall GMS. The device will indeed return to its normal state; Google Play will still work perfectly well, GMail & Google Maps will continue to work too, although Youtube won't, but at this point you don't care about Youtube any more.

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So this is what I've ended up w/: there is no GMS or Google Play on the device & SystemUpdateService is disabled. The ancient phone feels slick & fast again! I don't use any fancy messengers thus I can't tell if any of them require GMS. My most used apps are:

  • Gesture Search
  • Contacts
  • LDOCE
  • Opera Mini
  • GMail
  • Google Maps
  • Calendar

Author goes on to mention that new apps needs to be side-loaded or installed through other third-party store type apps.

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  1. See here, you will find all APKs versions of Google Play store.
  2. Go to your phone Settings and see what's your android version.
  3. Download the APK that can work on your phone and install it manually.

Note:

Remember that since APKMirror is an alternate app source, you must have the setting enabled: "Install Unknown Apps" (or similar), which you will find under security. – @wbogacz

  • Remember that since APKMirror is an alternate app source, you must have the setting enabled: "Install Unknown Apps" (or similar), which you will find under security. – wbogacz Nov 28 '18 at 14:27

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