How to fix Google Play Store error 194 on Samsung Galaxy S9

The Google Play Store error 194 that seems to be bugging some owners of the Samsung Galaxy S9 recently occurs when the user is trying to install or download an application. It’s a pretty annoying problem because the error actually shows up midway through your download. It means that you will have to redownload the app only to be greeted with the same error over and over again. It’s not an app- or device-specific error so it could happen regardless of the kind of app you download. Needless to say, you need to address it the moment it shows up so that you can download apps you like.

So, in this post, we will tackle this Play Store error 194 and consider every possibility and rule them out one by one until we can determine the reason why it happens. So, if you’re one of the owners of this phone and are currently being bugged by the same error when trying to download an app, continue reading as this article may be able to help you one way or another.

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Troubleshooting Samsung Galaxy S9 with Google Play Store 194

As what I’ve mentioned, there are several factors to consider to determine why the error 194 is showing up without apparent reason. The procedures you will perform below have been proven to be practically effective in fixing Play Store errors. We are hoping that after this guide, you will be able to download the app you like without having to deal with the same error. Here are the things you need to do…

First Solution: Perform Forced Restart

Since this is a software-related problem, there is a chance that a glitch in the system is causing it. The first thing you have to do is to refresh your phone’s memory and reload all its apps and services. You can do so by doing the forced reboot, which is also a simulated battery removal. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Press and hold the volume down button and don’t release it.
  2. While holding down to volume button, press and hold the power key as well.
  3. Keep both keys held down together for 15 seconds or until the Galaxy S9 logo shows on the screen.

Once the phone has successfully rebooted, open the Play Store and try to download any app. If the Play Store error 194 still shows up, then move on to the next procedure.

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Second Solution: Delete Play Store Cache and Data

Another factor that could trigger this type of issue is when the Play Store’s cache and data are corrupt or outdated. This time, what we gonna do is clear or delete those files so that newer ones will be generated. Here’s how it’s done on your Galaxy S9…

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap on More settings at the upper right (three-dot icon).
  4. Select Show system apps.
  5. Find and tap Google Play Store.
  6. Tap Storage.
  7. Tap Clear Data button.
  8. Restart your phone and check for the problem.

Once the phone has been restarted, open the Play Store again and then try to download or install an app. If you’re still greeted with the error 194, then move on to the next procedure.

Third Solution: Reset Network Settings

If you are downloading and installing an app, it is imperative that you have a stable internet connection or there’s no interruption during the process because if there is, then that may be the reason why the error 194 shows up. We need to rule this possibility out and you can do so by doing a more general troubleshooting procedure–resetting the network settings. This is how you do it:

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings > General Management > Reset > Reset network settings.
  4. If you have set up a PIN, enter it.
  5. Tap RESET SETTINGS. Once complete, a confirmation window will appear.

Once the reset is complete, open the Play Store and then download any app to see if the error 194 still pops up. If it does, it’s possible that it’s an account-related problem. Move on to the next procedure.

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Fourth Solution: Remove Google Account and Add it back Again

If the previous procedures were unable to resolve the error, then there is a possibility that it is a syncing issue. By removing your Google account and adding it back, the sync issues may be fixed. Although there is no assurance if the problem will be fixed after doing this procedure, it’s important you try this as we received reports from some of our readers who were able to make their device work again after doing it. This is it’s done:

  1. From a Home screen, swipe up or down from the center of the display to access the apps screen.
  2. Open Settings app.
  3. Tap Accounts and backup.
  4. Tap Accounts.
  5. Select the appropriate Gmail address. If there are multiple accounts, make sure to pick the one you want to remove from the device.
  6. Tap Remove account.
  7. To confirm, review the notification then tap Remove account.

Fifth Solution: Backup your files and reset your phone

If all procedures is unable to resolve the issue then, your last option is to do a reset on your phone. This will bring the device back to its factory default by deleting all its files and data. So, if this is just a software-related problem, then, this method will surely fix it. However, before you start the reset, be sure to create a backup of your important files and data as they will be deleted especially ones that are stored in your phone’s internal storage.

Once the backup process is complete, remove both your Google and Samsung accounts so that you won’t be locked out of your device after the reset. Once everything is in order, follow these steps to reset your phone.

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up key and the Bixby key, then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the Galaxy S9 logo shows, release all keys.
  4. Once the phone shows a black screen with blue and yellow texts, it has reached the recovery mode. You may proceed with the reset.
  5. Press the Volume down key several times to highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset’.
  6. Press Power button to select.
  7. Press the Volume down key until ‘Yes — delete all user data’ is highlighted.
  8. Press Power button to select and start the master reset.
  9. When the master reset is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
  10. Press the Power key to restart the device.

You will be asked to set your phone up again after the reset. After that and before you restore all your files and data, try to install an app and for sure the Play Store error 194 would no longer show up. I hope that we’ve been able to help you get rid of the error 194 on your Galaxy S9. We would appreciate it if you helped us spread the word so please share this post if you found it helpful. Thank you so much for reading!

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