How to Fix “Authentication is required” Error in Google Play Store?

When you are going to download an app from Google play store, will pop-up “Authentication is required. You need to sign into your Google Account” error. However, this is a common error for Android users. Luckily, there are 3 easy ways to fix this simple error.

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Method 1: Clear Data from Google Play Store

This is the best and easiest solution to solve this authentication is required google play error. All you need to do Clear Data from the Google Play Store. To do that, go to the Settings and find Apps manager.

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Here you can see all the apps that running on your phone. So you have to find the Google Play Store among them.

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After selecting the Google Play Store, you can see the app info. So tap on the Storage option to Clear Data of this application. When you select the storage, you will see the Clear Data button. Click on it to clear the application data. Now your problem will be fixed.

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Method 2: Remove your Google Account

This is the second easiest method to solve the error. This could be a sign-in problem, so we can simply remove your Google account and re-add it again to fix the error. To do that, go to the Settings on your mobile and find Accounts.

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Then tap on Google and find the email that is getting “Authentication is required” error. Now you can simply remove that Google account using the Remove Account button.

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Once you have removed the google account, you need to re-add your Google account. After re-add the account, it will be working perfectly without getting any error.


Method 3: Uninstall Google Play Store Updates

Perhaps the problem is the Google Play Store. So we can uninstall google play store updates to fix this problem. First, you need to go to the Settings and then find Apps/Application Manager.

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Now find the Google Play Store. At this point, you will be careful to select the Google Play Store, not Google Play Services. So after selecting the Google Play Store, you will see the Uninstall Updates button. Then click on it to remove the updates. Once you have done this, the “authentication is required” error will not pop-up again.

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Final Word

Using the above 3 methods, authentication is required google play error will completely be solved. So I hope you get some help to fix your Google play error from this article. Somehow, if you have any problem with these 3 methods, please feel free to contact me through our contact page.

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