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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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                                      5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

                                      5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

                                      Learning a new language is no easy feat. While a language instructor is irreplaceable, language learning apps have come to revolutionize a lot of things and it has made language learning much easier. Compared to language learning websites, apps offer a more interactive experience to learn a new language.

                                      The following language learning apps are the top recommended apps for your language learning needs:

                                      1. Duolingo

                                        Duolingo is a very successful app that merged gamification and language learning. According to Expanded Ramblings, the app now counts with 300 million users.

                                        Duolingo offers a unique concept, an easy-to-use app and is a great app to accompany your language acquisition journey. The courses are created by native speakers, so this is not data or algorithm-based.

                                        The app is free and has the upgrade options with Duolingo Plus for $9.99, which are add free lessons. The mobile app offers 25 languages and is popular for English-speaking learners learning other languages.

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                                        2. HelloTalk

                                          HelloTalk aims to facilitate speaking practice and eliminate the stresses of a real-time and life conversation. The app allows users to connect to native speakers and has a WhatsApp like chat that imitates its interface.

                                          There is a perk to this app. The same native speakers available also want to make an even exchange and learn your target language, so engagement is the name of the game.

                                          What’s more, the app has integrated translation function that bypasses the difficulties of sending a message with a missing word and instead fills in the gap.

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                                          3. Mindsnacks

                                            Remember that Duolingo has integrated gamification in language learning? Well, Mindsnacks takes the concept to another level. There is an extensive list of languages available within the app comes with eight to nine games designed to learn grammar, vocabulary listening.

                                            You will also be able to visualize your progress since the app integrates monitoring capabilities. The layout and interface is nothing short of enjoyable, cheerful and charming.

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                                            4. Busuu

                                              Bussu is a social language learning app. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS. It currently supports 12 languages and is free.

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                                              The functionality allows users to learn words, simple dialogues and questions related to the conversations. In addition, the dialogues are recorded by native speakers, which brings you close to the language learning experience.

                                              When you upgrade, you unlock important features including course materials. The subscription is $17 a month.

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                                              5. Babbel

                                                Babbel is a subscription-based service founded in 2008. According to LinguaLift, it is a paid cousing of Duolingo. The free version comes with 40 classes, and does not require you to invest any money.

                                                Each of the classes starts with with a sequential teaching of vocabulary with the help of pictures. The courses are tailor made and adapted to the students’ level, allowing the learning to be adjusted accordingly.

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                                                If you started learning a language and stopped, Babbel will help you pick up where you started.

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                                                Takeaways

                                                All the apps recommended are tailored for different needs, whether you’re beginning to learn a language or trying to pick back up one. All of them are designed by real-life native speakers and so provide you with a more concrete learning experience.

                                                Since these apps are designed to adapt to different kinds of learning styles, do check out which one is the most suitable for you.

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