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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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                                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                      Joe’s Goals

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                                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                        Daytum

                                          Daytum

                                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                          Excel or Numbers

                                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                            Evernote

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                                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                              Access or Bento

                                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                                Conclusion

                                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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