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How to fix Play Store error: You already own this item?

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Google Play Store is one of the most widely used app stores. The store offers thousands of apps in different genres.

If you download any app from Google Play Store and you are getting a ‘You already own this item’ error, you should follow these fixes.


Clear Play Store cache and data

A cache is a storage mechanism, either hardware or software, used to store data temporarily in a device. The data is small in size and is such that it is frequently used by the cache client. The cache storage is different from the primary storage. It should be on a local drive and be readily available for the cache client.

Sometimes, the cache gets corrupted and clearing the cache might help. Here are the steps to clear the cache in Android:

  • Open Settings and then tap on Apps.
  • Next, tap on See all apps and then select Google Play Store.
  • Once you are inside Play Store, tap on Storage and Cache.
  • Finally, tap on Clear cache and Clear Storage.

After clearing the cache and storage, restart Google Play Store and then try to complete the transaction again. This time it should work.

Also read: Google Play Services keep stopping: 9 Fixes


Use Google Play Store on your computer

If the first step did not work, then you should try and open Google Play Store on your computer and then log in with your account. Then, install the app on any of the registered devices.

Remember, you need to have access to your device as Google will send the confirmation code on that device. Once, you match the two codes — the one showing on your computer screen to that on the device, then your download will start.


Reinstall or update the app

You can uninstall the app and then reinstall a fresh version from the Play Store. Also, check for any updates. Usually, reinstalling fixes any minor bugs and glitches in the app.


Contact Google Play Help Community

If all else fails, then you should contact the Google Play Help Community. Describe your issue in detail and wait for the expert to resolve the issue.

We hope that this article will help you fix the ‘Play Store: You already own this item’ error.

Also read: Google Play server error: 7 Fixes

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: kumarhemant@pm.me

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