If you have a lot of apps installed on your Android phone, you are probably not worrying about Google Play Services. If you think about app updates, there are surely tons of other apps that might represent a priority for the way you interact with your phone. However, not recognizing the urgency of a Google Play Services update is a dangerous game, as this app is more important than all the other apps on your phone. It is in charge of fundamental, core processes and without it, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy pretty much anything else on your phone.

Why is updating Google Play Service so important?

There are several reasons for which you should always update this app when a new build is available. Here are the things you should know about Google Play Services and its role in the Android operating system.

Google Play Services is critical in how the phone handles privacy and privacy options. Without it, the phone and the Android OS respectively wouldn’t be able to properly handle the way you set your privacy options.

Google play Services is also in charge of account syncing and updating apps, meaning that if you don’t update this one, you will have a much harder time updating any other app. This is why you should always put Google Play Services on top of your update priority list, starting with Google Play services 11.9.51 beta which is available now.

Becoming a beta tester

If you have never tested a beta build before, you should know that there is nothing to fear. It’s pretty much the build as it’s intended to be released, with some minor changes here and there. In some cases there could be some crashes, bugs and other inconveniences, but by testing it out you help squash those before the update goes live. This will ensure that the overall experience of the latest version will be up to par with Google’s quality standards, and you get to be part of that. If you’d like to become a beta tester, all you have to do is sign up for free and then just download the latest beta build, which is the aforementioned 11.9.51 build.

The easiest way to download

The easiest way to download the update remains through the Google Play Store itself. While there are other methods of getting the beta build on your phone, you are still looking at the least amount of work by just going to the Play Store. There, access the Google Play Services download page and give the go-ahead to start the update. After a few short moments, your phone will install the newest build, and give you access to what it has to offer.