I somehow destroyed Google Play Services while clearing cache n search history cause Play Store kept hanging up indefinitely when trying to download apps. My Google account then kept pinging the phone for play services updates; to remedy the loop I had to remove my Google account.
Now I can't access Play Store to attempt repair of Play Services because it requires I sign in. I try that, phone starts process of adding Google account. Can't add my Google account because Play Services is gone, (according to the Fix Play Services app noted below). Catch 22.
It's a Sony Xperia Z3v D6708. Android Version 5.1.1 (If system information like latest system update or kernel version are helpful I'd be happy to add a screenshot of the About Phone page.)
It is a Verizon phone, I have data and web access. Is Play Services recoverable/reinstallable via internet? Without Play Store access?
I downloaded from Play Store a couple "Fix Play Services" apps on a friend's phone, extracted the apk and bluetoothed to my XPeria. Fix Play Services says Play Services is not installed.
Apologies, I'm a little elderly, I'm on a fixed income and buying a new phone is out of the question.
When posting this question this post came up: Install Google Play Services without Google Play Store
This appears to be a very similar issue, a bigger problem to recover than I thought. I've never rooted a phone. Can I get help with this somewhere? Or advice?
Thank you in advance.