What is Google Play instant apps?
Google Play Services for Instant Apps is a feature that enables users to interact with applications without having to install them. Basically an application – instant app for that matter, only exists in your phone when you are using it. The moment it is closed, it is removed from your phone. The major difference between instant apps and regular apps is that, unlike regular apps, instant apps are very lightweight and currently cannot exceed 4 megabytes.
Instant apps are great for convenience in that you only get to install an app the moment you need it and do away with it when done. All this is carried out automatically by Google Play Services that exists in your android device. While all these Instant app thingamajigs may seem interesting, it comes with its own share of trouble to some users which tremendously ruins user experience while interacting with your android device. It can be quite a pain when you constantly get popup notifications saying that ‘unfortunately Google Play Services for instant apps has stopped’.
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For that reason, we have brought you a simple fix that will help you get rid of this problem it once and for all. For this tutorial, we have included two solutions. You can perform both of them in case one does not work. Let’s get into it.
Solution 1: Clear cache and data
- While in your android device, start off by opening the settings menu.
- Scroll through the settings menu and locate apps, applications or applications manager depending with the device you are using.
- You should now see a list of apps installed on your android device. Scroll down and locate ‘Google Play services for instant apps’. Go ahead and tap on it in order to open application details.
- Next, tap on the ‘FORCE STOP’ button. Tap ‘FORCE STOP’ when a warning message appears then wait for about 10 seconds for the application to be stopped.
- While still in the application details page, tap on ‘Storage’.
- First off, tap the ‘CLEAR CACHE’ button. Wait until cache data reset to zero.
- Afterward, tap the ‘CLEAR DATA’ button. When prompted, tap ‘DELETE’ to proceed.
- Now, go back to the applications list and select ‘Google Play services’.
- Here, you only need to clear the cache. In order to do that, just select Storage then tap the ‘CLEAR CACHE’ button as we did.
- While in the applications list, tap the three vertical dots at the top right of the screen and select ‘Show system apps’.
- Scroll down and locate Download manager and select it.
- Here, what you need to do is FORCE STOP, CLEAR CACHE then CLEAR DATA. The procedure is the same as we had done in the previous steps.
Solution 2: Disable Google Play instant apps
- First off, open the settings menu and locate ‘Google settings’ or just ‘Google’.
- You should see a list of options. Scroll down and select ‘Google play instant’.
- Next, tap on the toggle switch to turn off instant apps. Select ‘TURN OFF’ when prompted to proceed.