Few days ago, I encountered the “Authentication is required” Error in Google Play Store. I tried many times to access the Play Store but every time it says “Authentication is required. You need to sign in to your Google Account”. It was so frustrating. When I was searching about this error, I found the error is one of the common Errors in  Google Play Store and I am not the only one to get this error. There are many users who are going through the same issue like me. So, I decided to share some of the methods to Fix “Authentication is required” Error in Google Play Store.  I was able to solve the issue after trying couple of the methods.“Authentication is required” Error in Google Play Store

There is not any specific cause of this Error. Although many of the time Errors might be due to Google Play Store updates, Google Play store cache issues, Google Play Store stored data issues, or Google account issues.

[quote bcolor=”red”]Note: Don’t conclude that you are unable to fix this error just by trying one method. I recommend you to try every method unless you don’t fix the issue. Also, different method have worked for different people.[/quote]

Before moving to main solution. Try the below step, it may solve you issue.

  1. Re-start your device: Sometime just by re-starting your device can solve the issue. So, why not try this once. To re-start your device:end call power button
    Unlock the screen of the devices.
    • Press and hold the “Power” button until a menu appears.
    • Select“Power off“.
    • Wait for the device to power off.
    • Wait 10 seconds, then press and hold the “Power” button to power the device back ON.
    • After that, try to open the app again. It may solve your error problem.

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

play storeMethod 1: Clear Cache and Data

  • Go to Setting>> Go to Application Setting (In some devices application setting is named as Apps).
  • Go to, All the Apps > >Find the Google Play Store>> Clear Cache and Data
  • Once you have clear everything, Next you need to Force Stop the application.
  • Similarly, Find the Google Play Service >> Clear Cache and Data
  • Now, Restart your device and try to access the Google Play Store.

Method 2: Remove and Add Google Account

  • remove accountGo to Setting>> Accounts >> Google
  •  Remove all your Google accounts
  •  Now, Restart your device
  •  Then go back to Google play store and Sign–in your account information
  •  Accept all the Google terms and setup Google settings then Run Google Play Store.

If you are able to fix the error then the job is done otherwise head to next method.

Uninstall UpdatesMethod 3: Uninstall Google Play Store Updates

There are possibilities that the updated Google Play Store is causing the error. There are chances that the updated Version of Google play store may have Compatibility Issues. So in this case, you need to Uninstall Google Play Store updates. Just follow the step to Uninstall Google Play Store update.

  • Go to Setting>> Go to Application Setting (In some devices application setting is named as Apps).
  • Go to, All the apps > >Find the Google Play Store >> Uninstall Updates
  • Now Restart your device and try to access the Google Play Store.

This will return Google Play Store app to its original version that you get when you buy brand new Android Phone.

factory resetMethod 4: Factory Reset your Phone

This is the last method to get rid of the issue. Resetting your phone will erase all the data and information, downloaded app and all such things but you can back up your data and information, app and other thing before resetting the phone.

  • Go to Setting >> Scroll down and select Backup & reset option
  • Once you click Backup & reset >> Other option will appear
  • Click on Factory Data reset

Your phone system will be as if you have just brought it because all the setting and stuff like that you need to set again and it will surely fix the error of your device.

So, these are some of the methods to Fix “Authentication is required” Error in Google Play Store. Hopefully, your error has been fixed by now. Let us know which one worked for you in comment section.

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