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How To Download, Manage & Update Apps: The Ultimate Google Play Store Guide

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The Google Play Store is the new way of getting the things (apps) today. It is the gateway that takes the users to an ecosystem that has an app for almost everything. And we all have browsed through the ecosystem to download an application that is a new launch or to update an app. There are many apps that Google keeps on rolling out for users. The aim is to enhance the users’ experience with something new.

Users may come to the Google Play Store for a number of reasons. The concern may vary from downloading an app to updating an older application version. While the users who are well aware of the technical stuff may have a sound idea of these how-tos. But a non-technical user may lack the knowledge of the same. Besides these two offerings, I will be explaining the steps to install apps from the app library.

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How to Search and Download Apps on Google Play

If you know which app you are looking forward to downloading, you can search it directly from the Play Store home screen. The screen will appear similar to below-displayed screen, and the steps to reach this home are:

  • Click the Google Play icon on your smartphone screen

  • Reach to the top white panel of the Google Play store

  • Enter the app name, and hit the search button

  • You will get the result, hit on the install bar

How To Search

In case, you do not remember the name of the app, don’t freak, we are here to offer you the helping hand. Google Play Store keeps a list of newly rolled out applications. It also has a separate list of apps for you that you need to update. We will talk about the same later in this article, and right now let’s focus on how to browse apps on Google Play.

How to Browse Apps in Google Play

To reach to the screen shown below, you need to go through the following steps:

  • Tap the Google Play icon on your smartphone home screen

  • Click the top charts button

  • You will find a number of apps registered under the different category

  • Tap the category you wish to get the apps from

browse apps

In case, you are done with the app browsing and the app is asking to pay the money for a download here are the ways to go through the same.

How to Buy Paid Apps

The process of purchasing an application is much similar to downloading the same. However, it will require few more steps. Here are the steps you can go through:

  • Search the app name in the Google Play Store

  • Tap on the app you wish to buy

  • Click on the price to bring up the required window

  • You will be shown the default payment option. In case, you wish to change the same, tap on the arrow next to current payment method

  • Select your preferred payment option and tap buy

  • The Google Play Store will ask for the password or your fingerprint, tap on the option whichever suits you

  • The download will begin followed by automatic installation

This is all to download paid apps from Play Store

Buy paid Apps

How to Update Apps

Updating applications from time to time is crucial to enjoy the latest perks offered by the game developers. Running the older version, of course, gives the satisfaction but not the ultimate pleasure you can have while running the latest app version. So, here are the steps to follow

  • Tap on the hamburger menu () that sits extreme left inside Google Play Store

  • Tapping the icon will bring a long list of listicles

  • Tap the “My apps & games”

  • Apps that require update will appear at the top of the list

  • To update a single app, tap the update listed in front of it

  • To update all the apps, click update all

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How to Toggle Auto-Update

Getting a wi-fi connection is, of course, an offering for the users but the default setting may prove to be an additional expenditure for a number of users. So, to erase the settings manually, you can go through the following settings.

  • Reach to the hamburger menu () again

  • Scroll down to reach “settings”

  • Click auto update app

  • In case, you wish to turn-off auto update, select Do not auto-update apps. To enable auto-update on cellular data, select Auto-update at any time.

update apps

In case, you do not want individual apps to auto-update, opt for the following settings:

  • Select the apps you do not want to auto update

  • Reach to hamburger menu () and tap to uncheck enable auto-update

How to Uninstall Apps

In order to uninstall an app, opt for following settings:

  • Reach to Google Play Store and search for the app you want to uninstall

  • In case of paid apps, the option will appear with Refund instead

  • A window will appear to ask if you really want to uninstall the app, tap ok and you are done

How to Remove Apps From Your App Library

Even if you have uninstalled an application, your smartphone does not get rid of it completely, the uninstalled app remains there attached to app history in the library section of My apps and games. In case, you do not want apps in that list, go through the following settings:

  • Within “My apps & games” section search for the library on the top and tap “x” next to install button

  • A window as displayed below will appear to ask you if you sure to remove the app

  • Tap ok to confirm, and you are done

uninstall apps

That’s All

Today’s smart users are well-aware of the development happening in the mobile app world. This article is an attempt to take along the non-technical users by offering them a much better understanding of Android ecosystem. The MobileAppDaily team aspires to make the world a better place by covering all the latest happenings in the Android ecosystem and the entire mobile app development ecosystem.   

Neha Baluni
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Neha Baluni

Being a Senior Technical Writer at MobileAppDaily, Neha Baluni loves jotting down her piece of opinion for the advancing technology in mobile app world. Having a journalism background, she is a writer by day and a reader by night. Her passion for writing covers different categories of technical and non-technical genre. In addition to writing, Neha loves traveling a lot.

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