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How to fix Google Play Store error 905 on Samsung Galaxy S9

The actual error message “App could not be downloaded due to an error. (905)” is one of the rampant Play Store issues that Samsung Galaxy S9 users were complaining about. More often, the error 905 suddenly shows up when a user tries to download an app which halts the process without apparent reason. So, if you are a user, instead of continuing the process you left no choice but to cancel the downloading process that you started.

In this post, I will walk you through in troubleshooting your Galaxy S9 that keeps popping up the error 905 when downloading or installing apps. We will consider every possibility and rule them out one by one until we can fix the problem. If you’re one of the owners of this phone and are currently being bugged down by the same issue, continue reading as this article may be able to help you one way or another.

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Troubleshooting Galaxy S9 with Play Store error 905

The main purpose of doing these procedures on your phone is to figure it out the real issue and resolve the problem as easy as possible. These are the things that you should do:

First Solution: Perform Soft Reset


Like many android devices nowadays the Galaxy S9 is not free of issues and vulnerable to software issues. So, before you do any troubleshooting procedures it is imperative to eliminate first the suspicion that a glitch in the system is causing the issue. Since S9 does not have a removable battery, so, all you need to is do the so-called simulated battery procedure or soft reset. It refreshes phone’s memory and reload all services running in the background. Here’s how:

  1. Press and hold the volume down button and don’t release it.
  2. While holding down the volume button, press and hold the power key as well.
  3. Keep both keys held down together for 10 seconds or until the S9 logo shows on the screen.

Once the phone has successfully rebooted, open the Play Store and download any app to see if the error 905 still shows up. If it still does, then move on to the next solution.

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Second Solution: Reset Play Store App

Resetting the Play Store means you have to wipe out all the app’s cache and data so that new ones will be created. This procedure is very effective especially in dealing with such issue and nothing to worry about it because only the stored Play Store files and data will be deleted during the process. Follow these steps:

  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 becomes active, try downloading an app to see if the error 905 still shows up. If it still does, try the next solution.

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Third Solution: Remove your Google Account and Add it back again

It is also possible that it’s a syncing issue and that your account has something to do with it. So this time, we recommend you to remove your Google account to try and fix any possible syncing issues. After which, just add the account back to your phone and see if the problem still continues. Here’s how you remove your Google account from your phone:

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap cloud and accounts.
  4. Tap accounts.
  5. Select the Google account (if your multiple accounts, pick the one you’re using for Google Play Store).
  7. Tap REMOVE ACCOUNT to confirm.

Follow these steps to add your Google account again:

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap cloud and accounts.
  4. Tap accounts.
  5. Tap Add account at the bottom.
  6. Select Google.
  7. Provide the screen unlock if prompted
  8. Enter your Google account credentials.

After this, open Play Store and download an app to see if the Play Store error 905 would still show up. If it still does, move on to the next procedure.

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Fourth Solution: Perform Master Reset

If all else failed to fix the Play Store error 905, then your last resort will be to reset your phone. This is going to fix any app or software related issues and I’m confident this will take care of this problem with your S9 as well. However, don’t forget that you need to create a copy of your important files and data as they will be deleted. After creating a backup, remove your Google and Samsung accounts so that you won’t be locked out of your device. Once everything is set, 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. Your phone will continue the boot process until it reaches the recovery mode. When you see the black screen with blue and yellow text, that means you’re ready to proceed to the next step.
  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.

After the reset, you will be prompted to set your phone up again. So, set it up using your Google account and follow on-screen instructions until the setup is finished. I hope that we’ve been able to help you fix your Galaxy S9 with Play Store error 905. 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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