Android owners swear by the Google Play Store and the myriad of cool apps, eBooks and movies, etc. it offers. We know the basic features, including downloading new apps, updating installed applications and searching for new stuff, but there are few Google Play tips and tricks that you can’t miss and that possibly aren’t being used by many Droid community members. The Google Play Store is much more than searching and installing apps, and its finely detailed features might even surprise you. Let’s cover 20 of them, one at a time!
If you are an avid movie buff, then you might know the value of maintaining an IMDB Watch list of your favorite cinematic experiences that you would really like to see. Google Play offers a similar solution with its “Wishlist,” which is dedicated to keeping track of Android apps that you might want to use or purchase one day. Furthermore, it’s as easy as adding a movie on IMDB’s watch list. Let’s take a look.
Android applications are rated in terms of maturity on the Google Play store. You can control the content maturity if your kids are using your phone as well. Here’s how to use content filtering.
Access apps on your Wishlist, and choose whether to install, purchase or remove them.
If you have more than one user on a single Android device, then password restriction helps in securing app purchases and the money in your Google wallet.
Track your in-app and app expenses on the play store.
Stop default Play Store settings to automatically update apps whenever a new version is released.
If you have a Google gift card, then you can redeem it in few simple steps.
If you use multiple Android devices from one single account, then you can choose to see your entire collection from one single place.
This feature is for when you don’t want your newly installed Android apps on your device home screen.
The Google Play Store allows app installation to your Android device from your desktop browser. See the steps below.
Sometimes purchased apps disappoint and that’s when you can seek a refund from the developers. There is a 15-minute window after purchase when you can get an immediate refund, but once that’s passed then you need to submit a refund plea to the developer. Learn more through these steps.
Hide your Android device from appearing in the menu list. Here’s how it can be done.
Android Device Manager lets you remotely access your device, including ringing it, locking it and erasing all data in case it is stolen. Learn more about how Android Manager works.
Android Device Manager lets you keep track of all your Droids registered under the same Google account. You can select and track different devices easily.
Own a tablet, but that app is for mobile only? That’s no problem on the Play Store. You can filter out your app searches matching smartphones or tablets. See how to do just that.
We love apps, don’t we? Android apps need updates to remove bug fixes, improve performance and add functionalities. But sometimes the phone gets overloaded with apps and you forget to update. The Google Play Store allows you to update all the apps at once. Here’s how.
The Google Play Store keeps track of all your installed and removed apps in your linked account. This is how developers stay connected with you through their mobile applications, but if you’d like to remove unwanted apps from your account, there is a provision just for that.
Browse and purchase apps recommended by the editors, tailored to your taste.
You can easily find the trending apps that are being downloaded the most worldwide. The best part is that Google itself provides you with tailored alternatives as per your likes and behavior.
Google Play offers a myriad of apps. Sometimes you don’t know the name of an app, and yet you know that a certain app must exist for a particular purpose. This is when you can use the search option provided in your Google Play app.
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