Play Store Error 101 Fix | App Could not be Downloaded

Last Updated on September 6, 2021

According to the latest numbers by IDC, Android is currently powering around 80% of the total smartphones available in the world today. That percentage amounts to a huge number of android devices on the planet. This is both good and bad. Good for Google, which gets to collect all of your data, and bad for the developers who have to program their apps for thousands of individual devices. Checking the compatibility of the apps with each Android device is impossible which causes errors like the one we are about to discuss here.

Play Store Error 101

The Google Play Store is also facing this problem. Being among the most installed apps on any Android phone, it is bound to have lots of errors. One of these errors is the Play Store Error 101 | App could not be downloaded. This is quite an old error and most of the devices getting this error are old ones from the Android 4.0 and below era. The error occurs when the user tries to install any app from the Play Store and as soon as they hit the Install button, the app shows that the <App name> could not be downloaded due to an error. (-101).

This is certainly not a pleasant experience for the users who are trying to download the infamous Candy Crush or to check their Facebook account. Luckily for us, the fix is quite simple. In this post, we will discuss the procedure to fix the Google Play Store so that you can enjoy Android in its full glory.

Fixing Play Store Error 101 | App Could not be Downloaded due to an error (-101)

  1. Go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store.
  2. Clear the Cache, Data and Uninstall Updates.
  3. Download the latest version of the Play Store from Apkmirror | Google Play Store and install it.

Read more: How to clear Google Play Store App Data.

Now open the Google Play Store from the app drawer and wait for at least 10 seconds for the Google Play Store to initialize itself. This will solve all the downloading errors your phone is having. If this method doesn’t solve the Play Store error 101, then please comment below with your phone model and Android version you are currently running. We will help you out.

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Written by Utkarsh

Utkarsh Bhatt is a certified tech expert and software engineer for a Fortune 500 Company. He was born in 1995, making him one of the oldest members of the team at EFX. Utkarsh loves solving technical issues and is always the first to jump on any problem that needs solving. When he’s not coding or debugging, he enjoys playing video games (especially Super Smash Bros.) and watching cartoons.

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