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Correcting A Broken Google Play Games Installation

Some time ago I had some kind of error or corruption will my Google Play Games on my Shield TV console. Any time I chose to log into google games the system would log in but then the game could not detect the log in. It was odd and I knew the issue was probably a local error. Here's how I fixed it:

First google requires a couple pre-requisites:

  1. A google account
  2. A google+ account

Steps to fix the error:

  1. Force stop, clear data and remove any game that will not work from Settings->Apps. Yes you will lose your progress.
  2. Force stop, remove any updates and clear data for the Download Manager from Settings->Apps.
  3. Force stop, remove any updates and clear data for the Google Play Games from Settings->Apps.
  4. Force stop, remove any updates and clear data for the Google Play Services from Settings->Apps.
  5. Force stop, remove any updates and clear data for the Google Play Store from Settings->Apps.
  6. Remove the game(s) authorization from plus.google.com/apps
  7. Remove google account from Settings. This seems to be a fairly safe and unobtrusive operation.
  8. Restart your Android TV.
  9. Add your account back in. It should have you do this automatically. Follow any other steps.
  10. Open Google Play Store and accept any agreements. Update all apps from the store (not all things mentioned above will be here).
  11. Open Google Play Games and accept any agreements.
  12. Install a game or games back onto the console.
  13. Open the game and try to log in. You will be forced to update Google Play Services.
  14. Try to log in again, this time you may be met with more than one account option. The second worked for me. The first did not successfully log in. When performing this operation don't choose the option to make this permanent. If you have success exit the game, log in with the working option and make the operation permanent.
  15. You should be in business at this point. Games will log in and stay logged in. Your settings, achievements, etc will automatically be saved to the Google Play Games cloud.

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