How to fix Google Play Authentication is required error

Google Play Services are the core part of an Android device. The applications like Google Play Store, Google Play Music, and others add life to your device. For instance, the Google Play Store is a house to 3.1 Million applications at the moment. You can download any application anytime anywhere in the world using this Play Store. Similarly, the applications installed on your phone depend on the Play Services. If something goes wrong with your Google Play account linked to a device, it will bring up many errors and frustrate the users.

Earlier, we covered a detailed guide on how to fix the Google Play Store errors. Recently, we came across another annoying error bugging a lot of Android users. This error is known as “Authentication is required”. Apparently, this means the Google Play services failed to sync with the logged in Google account and now you need to fix it in order to be able to use the Google Play Store again. There are multiple solutions that you can apply to fix Google Play Authentication is required error. You can have a look at the recommended solutions now and fix it right away.

Google Play Authentication is required

Remove and re-add your Google Account

  1. On your Android phone, go to Settings > Accounts > Google.
  2. A list of accounts or a single account will pop up on the screen in a new page. Tap the account that you are using as your primary Google Play Account.
  3. Now as the account options open up, tap the three dotted button on the top right corner.
  4. From the drop-down menu, tap Remove account.
  5. Confirm account removal now in order to complete the process.
  6. Once done, reboot your device.
  7. Open Google Play Store now. It will ask you to add your Google Account.
  8. Add the account and it should not show the authentication is required error anymore.

Clear Google Play Store data

  1. On your phone, go to Settings > Applications/App Manager > All Apps > Google Play Store.
  2. Now tap the Google Play Store and clear its data.
  3. For phones running Android 6.0.1 or higher, tap Storage option > Clear Data.
  4. Once the data is cleared, reboot your phone and open the Play Store again. This should resolve the issue.

Uninstall Google Play Store to reset it

  1. On your phone, go to Settings > Applications/App Manager > All Apps > Google Play Store.
  2. Now tap the Google Play Store and then tap Uninstall or Disable.
  3. Doing this will restore your Google Play Store to the one that was pre-installed on your phone.

Alternatively, it is always recommended to use the latest version of Play Store and Play Services on your Android device. You can check whether an update is available or not. If there is an update available for the Play Services or Play Store, update it immediately to fix this issue. If you are facing any further issues with your Play Store, feel free to drop us your query below.

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