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20 Google Play Store Tips and Tricks You Can’t Miss

20 Google Play Store Tips and Tricks You Can’t Miss

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!

1. Add your favorite apps to the “Wishlist”

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.

  1. Open the app that you want to add on Google Play.
  2. Tap on the + banner on top. You should see that the app’s been added to the Wishlist.

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    2. Content filtering

    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.

    1. Go to Play Store Settings.
    2. Select Content Filtering.
    3. Choose the maturity level as per you choice.

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      3. See apps on your Wishlist

      Access apps on your Wishlist, and choose whether to install, purchase or remove them.

      1. Swipe right to left from the Play Store home.
      2. Select My Wishlist and see added apps.

      4. Password restrict app purchases

      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.

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      1.     Open Google Play Store > Settings.
      2.     Select Password.
      3.     Enter your password then press OK.

      4. password-protection
        5. See app orders

        Track your in-app and app expenses on the play store.

        1. Open Play Store.
        2. Click on the Gear button > My orders.

        5. see orders
          6. Disable update notifications

          Stop default Play Store settings to automatically update apps whenever a new version is released.

          1. Open Play Store app > Settings.
          2. De-select Notifications.

          6. disable update notifications
            7. Redeem a promotional code

            If you have a Google gift card, then you can redeem it in few simple steps.

            1. Swipe left to right from Google Play home.
            2. Select Redeem.
            3. Enter your code and redeem.

            7. redeem
              8. See your entire Android device collection

              If you use multiple Android devices from one single account, then you can choose to see your entire collection from one single place.

              1. Open Web Play Store.
              2. Select Gear icon > Settings.

              8. see all devices
                9. Stop apps being added onto your device home screen by default

                This feature is for when you don’t want your newly installed Android apps on your device home screen.

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                1. Swipe left to right from Google Play home.
                2. Select Settings.
                3. De-select Add icon to Home Screen.

                10. Install an app from your desktop

                The Google Play Store allows app installation to your Android device from your desktop browser. See the steps below.

                1. Open Google Play Store on your browser.
                2. Select the app you would like to download.
                3. Click on the Install button.
                4. Select the device and click the Install button.

                10. remote device install
                  11. Request a refund

                  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.

                  1. Click on the Gear icon > My orders.
                  2. Select app, click on the favicon and you’ll see Report a Problem.
                  3. Select ‘I’d like to request a refund,’ elaborate your reason and click on Submit.

                  11. Request Refund
                    12. Hide your Android from menus

                    Hide your Android device from appearing in the menu list. Here’s how it can be done.

                    1. Go to the web Google Play Store.
                    2. Select Gear icon > Settings.
                    3. De-select Show in menus for the device that you don’t want to appear.

                    12. device visibility
                      13. Remotely access your Droid with the Android Device Manager

                      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.

                      1. Open the web Google Play Store.
                      2. Select Gear icon > Android Device Manager.

                      13. Android device manager
                        14. Select your Droid in Android Device Manager

                        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.

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                        1. Open the web Play Store.
                        2. Select Gear icon > Android Device Manager.
                        3. From the drop-down, select the device you want to track.

                        14. Select -your-device
                          15. Filter out device types

                          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.

                          1. Open Play Store app > select APPS at the top.
                          2. Choose any of the top categories, such as TOP PAID, TOP FREE.
                          3. From the drop-down, select Designed for tablets.

                          15. tablet-or-all-apps
                            16. Update all your apps at once

                            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.

                            1. Swipe left to right from Google Play home.
                            2. Select My apps.
                            3. Tap Update All.

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                              17. Remove unwanted apps from your account

                              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.

                              1. Swipe left to right from Google Play home.
                              2. Select My apps.
                              3. Select All from the top banner.
                              4. Click X for the app you want to remove from your linked account.

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                                18. Shop apps recommended by editors

                                Browse and purchase apps recommended by the editors, tailored to your taste.

                                1. Swipe left to right from Google Play home.
                                2. Select My apps.
                                3. Again swipe left to right from My apps.
                                4. Select Shop Apps and pick your choice.

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                                  19. Find trending apps

                                  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.

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                                  1. Swipe left to right from Google Play home.
                                  2. Select My Apps.
                                  3. Again swipe left to right from My Apps.
                                  4. Swipe left to right till you hit the Trending tab at the far end.

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                                    20. Search for apps straight from the Google Play app

                                    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.

                                    1. Open the Google Play app.
                                    2. Tap on the Magnifying Glass on the top right banner.
                                    3. Type the search term and hit enter.

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                                      Featured photo credit: Kalexanderson via flickr.com

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                                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                      In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                                      Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                                      In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                                      Minimizing Tabs

                                      Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                                      Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                                      Incognito Mode

                                      Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                                      1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                                      2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                                      3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                                      This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                                      Save Webpages as PDF Files

                                      Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                                      Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                                      Open Recently-closed Tabs

                                      Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                                      One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                                      The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                                      Solve Mathematical Problems

                                      Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                                      For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                                      Play Media Files

                                      Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                                      In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                                      Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                                      With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                                      Stay Focus(e)d

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                                      Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                                      With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                                      This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                                      Grammarly for Editing

                                      Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                                      You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                                      Loom

                                      There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                                      There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                                      With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                                      Chrome Calendar Extension

                                      No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                                      Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                                      Final Thoughts

                                      Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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