How to fix Google Play Store error 20 on Android

The Google Play Store error 20 occurs when you’re trying to download an app. The actual error message goes like this, “App can’t be downloaded. Try again, and if the problem continues, get help troubleshooting. (Error code: -20)” and it’s a pesky little error as you may not be able to continue downloading other apps if it shows up.

The thing about this error is that you can fix it on your own as it’s not really a serious problem. It could be just a minor issue with the Play Store or your Google account. In this post, I will walk you through in troubleshooting your Android phone that’s bugged down by this Play Store error 21. So, if you’re one of the users with this kind of problem, continue reading as this article may be able to help you one way or another.

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Here’s what you have to do if your Android phone has this error…

  1. Reboot your phone as it might be just a minor issue.
  2. Clear cache and data of Play Store.
  3. Remove Google account and add it again.
  4. Factory reset your phone.

More often than not, this error is just a minor issue especially if your phone has been doing fine prior to this problem. Glitches happen all the time and it might be one of those things. So, before anything else, restart your phone and then try to download an app and see if the problem is fixed.

Clearing the cache and data will reset the Play Store and bring it back to its default settings. Aside from that, the cache and data files will also be deleted and replaced. If this is just a minor problem with the Play Store, this procedure is enough to fix the problem. So, after doing this, reboot your phone to give it time to rebuild the cache. Then, try to download an app. If the problem continues, the problem is a bit more serious than we initially thought. Move on to the next procedure.

Another possibility is that it could be a syncing problem but you really don’t have to do a some complicated procedures to address it. All you need is to remove your Google account, restart your phone, add your account again and try downloading an app. If the error still shows up, then you have no other choice but to reset your phone.

A factory reset will fix this problem but make sure you backup your files and data as they will be deleted during the process.

There you have it! I hope that we’ve been able to help you fix the problem with your device. 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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