Download Error 194 in Play Store? (Try THESE Fixes!)

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Are you getting the “App could not be downloaded due to an error. (194)” error on your Android device when trying to download or update an app? Or can’t download an app from the Google Play Store? This is a common problem among many Android users.

If you are facing this error, you are in the right place. This article will cover the reasons behind this error and how Google Play Store error 194.

First, let’s discuss the reason why you are getting this error.

Why Do You Get the Download Error (194) in Play Store

There’s a very good chance that the download issue (194) is caused by the Google Play Store itself.

It could be a problem with the server. For example, the Google Play Store may have trouble retrieving data about the app you want to download.

Other reasons why you receive the “App could not be downloaded due to an error. (194)” include:

  • Corrupt cache and data
  • Weak internet connection
  • Problems with Google Play Services
  • Insufficient space on your device
  • Outdated Play Store app
  • Incompatible updates

How to Fix the Download Error (194) in the Play Store

If you’re getting the Download Error (194) while downloading an app from the Play Store, you need to erase the cache and data for the Google Play Store app. You might also need to temporarily delete your Google account from your phone in order to accomplish this.

Restart Your Device

It is important to restart your phone often. Restarting clears the RAM and fixes up bugs that might cause errors in the phone. When faced with an error, restarting your device should be your first solution.

To restart your device, follow these simple steps:

  • Long-press the ON/OFF button on the side of your device until you get a prompt like the one below. (Depending on your android device brand, it may look different.)
Restart your device to clear RAM.
Restart Your Device. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Click on the Restart button and wait for your phone to power off and then on.

This will probably fix the error. If it doesn’t, we’ve got more fixes for you to try below.

Clear Google Play Store Cache and Data

Sometimes, you need to clear the cache and data of the Google Play Store app so it can work optimally. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  • Open Settings and go to Apps.
Apps tab in the Samsung device settings
Apps in Settings. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Search for and click on the Google Play Store app.
google Play Store in the apps list of a Samsung
Google Play Store in the Android Apps list in Settings. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Now, click on Storage in the App Info that is shown.
Storage tab in Google Play Store app info
Google Play Store app info. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Click on Clear Cache.
Clear Google Play Store cache
Clear Google Play Store app cache. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Click on Clear Data.
Clear Google Play Store app data
Clear Google Play Store App Data. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor

This should fix the “App could not be downloaded due to an error. (194)” error. If it doesn’t please try the fixes below.

Remove and Re-add Your Google Account

Removing and adding back your google account can reset your Google Play Store app and keep it from throwing the download error.

Make sure you know the password to your Google account before trying this fix. Follow these steps to successfully remove and add your Google account.

  • Go to Settings and click on “Accounts” or “Accounts and Backup” depending on your Android Device.
Accounts and back up in settings
Accounts and Back up. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Click on Accounts.
Accounts panel
Accounts Panel. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Choose the Google account you want to remove.
Select the account you want to remove
Choose Your Google Account. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Click on the Remove Account button and confirm the action.
Click on Remove accoint
Click on Remove Account. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Go back to Accounts and click on “Add Account“.
Add the account back
Add Account. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Select “Google” and confirm your identity.
Add the google account again
Add Google Account. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Now, add the Google account you just removed.
Sign into your google account
Sign into your Google Account. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor

You should now be able to download your apps without receiving the “App could not be downloaded due to an error. (194)” problem.

Uninstall Google Play Store Updates

This might seem contradictory but it is common for Google updates to be incompatible with some devices. To fix this, you will need to uninstall all previous updates. Follow the steps below to do so:

  • In the Apps list in Settings, select Google Play Store.
google Play Store in the apps list of a Samsung
Google Play Store in the Android Apps list in Settings. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Click on the menu icon at the top-right corner of the screen (three vertical dots).
Google Play Store menu
Menu icon. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Click on Uninstall Updates.
Uninstall Google Play Store updates
Uninstall Updates. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • You will be asked if you want to replace the app with the factory version. Click OK.
Click ok to uninstall updates
Confirmation Prompt. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Do this for the Google Play Services app if you wish.

You have now uninstalled all updates. Restart your phone and try opening the Google Play Store app. You would no longer get the”App could not be downloaded due to an error. (194) error anymore.

Clear Google Play Services Cache

Clearing Google background apps cache can solve the download problem. Corrupt cache can pose a lot of problems for Google apps. Follow the steps below to clear the Google Play Services cache.

  • Open Settings and go to Apps.
  • Search for the Google Play Services app.
Google Play Services app in apps list
The Google Play Services in Apps. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Now, click on Storage.
Storage tab in google play sservices
Storage Tab Google Play Services. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Tap on Clear Cache.
clear google play services cache
Clear Cache in Google Play Services. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor

Restart your device and try downloading or updating an app. It will work fine now.

Force Stop Google Play Store in Settings

Force-stopping the Google Play Store app can refresh the application and solve the issue. Follow the steps below to force stop the Play Store app:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Go to the Apps tab in Settings.
  • Search for Google Play Store.
  • In the App Info that opens, click on Force Stop.
Force stop the google play store app
Force Stop the Google Play Store app. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor

Do this to the Google Play Services app as well.

Switch to Mobile Data

If you were connected to a WiFi network while trying to download the app, you should try using your mobile data. Sometimes, switching from WiFi to mobile data will solve the”App could not be downloaded due to an error. (194)” error.

Change Your Location Using a VPN

If you’re using a VPN, you can bypass the download (194) error by changing your location in the VPN app. You will then be able to download and install your apps without issues.

If you do not have a VPN, you can try the fixes below. Resetting your network might do the trick.

Reset Network Settings

If the network connectivity is corrupt, it might affect your downloads from the Google Play Store. You will have to reset your network.

Resetting your network does not clear your data. It only resets your wifi and internet settings to their default mode.

Follow these steps to reset your network settings:

  • Go to Settings and click on General Management.
General Management in Android settings
General Management in Android Settings. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Click on the Reset panel.
Reset panel in general management settings
Reset Panel in General Management. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Select Reset Network Settings.
Reset Network Settings. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Click on the Reset button to completely reset your device’s network settings.
Click on the reset button
Click on the Reset Button. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor

This will surely solve the “App could not be downloaded due to an error. (194)” error. Restart your phone and use the Play Store app.

Factory Reset Your Device

It should always be your last resort, but in the event that all else fails, it might be your only choice. Make sure you back up all your data and files in the cloud storage service of your choice because a factory reset will erase all your data, apps, and files.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to safely back up your Android phone.

To factory reset your phone, follow these simple steps:

  • Open Settings and go to General Management.
General Management in Android settings
General Management in Android Settings. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Click on Reset.
Reset panel in general management settings
Reset Panel in General Management. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Choose Factory Data Reset. This will wipe out your phone and erase all of your data.
Reset your phone to its factory settings
Factory Data Reset. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Click on the Reset button to completely reset your phone to the factory settings.
Click on the button to reset your device
Reset Your Device. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor

After resetting your phone, restart your phone. The problem should now be fixed.

Final Thoughts on Fixing the Download Error (194) in the Play Store

If you’ve come across an “App could not be downloaded due to an error. (194)” error, don’t panic, there are several proven fixes you can try to get rid of it:

  • Restart Your Device
  • Clear Google Play Store Cache and Data
  • Remove and Re-add Your Google Account
  • Uninstall Google Play Store Updates
  • Clear Google Play Services Cache
  • Force Stop Google Play Store in Settings
  • Switch to Mobile Data
  • Change Your Location Using a VPN
  • Reset Network Settings
  • Factory Reset Your Device

Hopefully, one of the fixes above has fixed the “App could not be downloaded due to an error (194)” error and your Android device is working as it should.

If you have any other ideas or suggestions, don’t hesitate to suggest them in the comment section below.

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Chizara is a technical writer who loves learning new things and sharing her knowledge with people in simple, clear terms. As part of her coursework, she is learning about Extended Reality and the Metaverse. She currently serves as a writer at Gotechtor covering all things Android.

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