How to Fix Error 905 in Google Play Store Android Lollipop, KitKat, Marshmallow

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Many Android 5.0 Lollipop users are reporting error 905 in Google Play Store while installing or updating apps/games. Here’s the error message: “app” could not be downloaded due to an error (905). I am not exactly sure what this error code means but it may be caused by poor memory management or memory leak on a buggy OS. I got the Google Play error 905 while downloading an app on my phone that had recently received Android 6.0 update. The download bar would show progress but it would stop downloading right at the end and then this error message would pop up. Sometimes the error would appear right after tapping the “install” button in Google Play Store.  

Android users are getting this error mostly while downloading large apps or games like Microsoft Power Point, Microsoft Word, Excel, Asphalt 8, Monument valley, Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft, Mortal Kombat X etc.  After some research, I’ve found some quick methods to fix error 905 in Google Play Store. These fixes should also work for  devices running Android 4.3 JellyBean Android 4.4 KitKat, Android 5 Lollipop or  Android 6 Marshmallow.

How to Fix error 905 in Google Play Store Android

Method 1: Keeping screen on during app update or download in Google Play Store

  1. Go to Settings >> Display >> Screen timeout (Sleep) >> Keep screen turned on (or set timer to the highest possible value) 
  2. Open Google Play Store >> Download your app that was causing error 905
  3. Do not go back or close Google Play Store until the download and installation is completed.

Method 2: Close background apps

  1. Sign out of apps that run in the background
  2. Go to Settings >> Apps >> Running >> Check apps that are taking too much MB or memory >> Stop or sign out of these apps
  3. Open Google Play Store and try to install/update app 

 If the above methods didn’t work, try the one below

Method 3: Uninstalling updates for Google Play Store

  1. Go to Settings >> Apps >> All Scroll down till you find “Google Play Store” 
  2. Select “Uninstall updates” Open Google Play Store >> Install or update the app 
  3.  Note: Your Google play Store will automatically update later but you will no longer get the 905 error.

Common devices experiencing this error include Nexus 7, Nexus 5, Galaxy S4, S5, S6, HTC One, Xperia Z2 etc. If you’ve managed to solve  Google Play error code 905 through other alternative methods, let us know about it in the comments. If any of the above method worked for you, hit the like buttons.

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