Question Can't install or update anything via Google Play

Mar 13, 2021
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I was told to come here after posting about this on Tom's Hardware, so here I am. I'm extremely illiterate when it comes to mobile devices so I apologize if this is something really obvious or easy to fix. I barely use my phone and only really use it as a mobile music player and for 2FA on Star Wars: The Old Republic.

I wanted to try to uninstall Google Chrome and install one of Opera's mobile browsers instead. First of all, I can't figure out how to do that so I figured I'd just try to keep Chrome and grab Opera anyways. I went to the Google Play store and for whatever reason, it refuses to download. It gives me an error message saying:;

"Can't download Opera browser with free VPN
Try again, and if it still doesn't work, see common ways to fix the problem."

I tried all of their suggestions to no avail so I just decided to ignore this. However, I also wanted to switch from Avast's mobile security to Kaspersky's but again, this issue cropped up. So, I decided to start trying to download and install other apps and absolutely none of them are working. I'm honestly not sure what else to do at this point.

This is an older phone, it's an LG Tracfone and it's apparently running Android 4.4. I can't recall the other specifications, it has been several years since I got it. Is there some way I can fix this issue or am I going to need to get a new phone? I've been thinking about doing so but I figure I should hold off until I absolutely need to do so, given how little I use it in the first place.

Thanks for any suggestions!
 
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