If you own an Android device we’re pretty sure that you’ve been using Google Play Store to download applications, movies, songs, eBooks and more. The official store is the safest and easiest way to install an application on your Android device. It is easy because you install the application just by searching for it and after that with a single tap on “install”, the application is downloaded and installed on your PC. Since this is the official Android store, all the applications are verified before they are added to the list, so this way you are sure you won’t install an application that has malware or any other kind of viruses.
Today we’re going to talk about the best Google Play Store Tips and Tricks, so in case you are using the Android official store, we suggest you to read this article.
See your entire Android device list
In case you have multiple Android devices that use a single account, then you can see all of them by opening Google Play Store via a browser and select the Gear icon from the top right and select Settings.
Access remotely your device via Android Device Manager
The Android Device Manager can be accessed via Google Play Store Web. You will be able to lock it, erase all data and even ring it. To do this, open Google Play Store Webpage, click on the gear icon and select Android device manager.
See the applications that are in your Wishlist
You can access the applications that are in your Wishlist and after that choose to remove them, purchase them or install them. To do this, open Google Play Store, swipe to the right or left and select My Wishlist to see the added applications.
Disabling Update Notifications
You can stop the default Google Play Store setting that automatically updates the application whenever a new version is released. Just open Google Play Store, go to settings and uncheck the “notifications”.
Filtering application by device type
Do you own a mobile, but the application is for tablets only? Well, don’t worry because you will be able to filter the application by searching applications that match only your smartphone or tablet. To do this, open Google Play Store application, select APPS from the top side and after that select “Top free” or “Top Paid”. After that, select “designed for smartphones”.
Using a promotional code
In case you got a Google gift card, then you can redeem it by doing just opening Google Play Store, swipe to the left or right and tap on “Redeem”. After that, insert the code and you’re done.
Adding the favorite application to the “Wishlist”
In case you like a movie or an application, then it is good to add it to the Wishlist. This way, you will keep track of the application and whenever it gets a discount, you will be able to get it.
To do this, you will need to open Google Play Store and search for the desired movie/application. After that, tap on the “+” banner to add the movie/application to the wishlist.
You can track your application expenses from the Google Play Store. Just open the official store and go to “My orders”.
Stopping application from being added to your device’s home screen
By default, all the new applications that are installed on your Android device are added to the home screen. However, you can change this setting by going to the Google Play Store, swipe to the left or right, select settings and uncheck “Add icon to Home screen”.
Installing an application via your PC
Google Play Store allows you to install applications on your Android device via the browser from your PC. To do this, just open Google Play Store website, search for an application, select it and after that, tap on the install button. In case you have multiple devices, you will be able to select the device where you want to install the application. As soon as the device connects to the internet, that application will be installed on the device.
Searching for application directly from Google Play Store application
Google Play Store comes with tons of applications. Sometimes, you don’t know the name of an application, but you can find it by searching for the exact keywords. To do this, open Google Play Store, tap on the search button from the top right side (magnifying glass) and input the search term. This way, you will be able to find an application and install it on your device.
Choose a password to restrict application purchases
In case you have multiple Android devices that use the same Google account, we suggest you to use the password restriction in order to secure the application purchases along with the money from your Google wallet. To do this, open the Google Play Store, go to settings and setup a password.
All Android applications that are added to the Google Play Store are rated in terms of maturity. This way, you will be able to control the content maturity and you will not have to worry about anything in case you are sharing the device with your kids. To use the content filtering, open Google Play Store, go to Settings and select content filtering. From there, you will be able to choose the maturity level.
Requesting a refund
Sometimes, after purchasing an application, it disappoints you. You can request a refund if no more than 15 minutes have passed since you’ve purchased it and you will get instantly the refund.
Hiding your Android from menus
You can hide your Android device from appearing in the menu list. To do this, open the Google Play Store via Web, click on the Gear icon and select Settings. After that, uncheck the “Show in menus” that’s next to the device you want to hide.
Updating all your applications at once
In order to remove bugs and improve the performance of the application, the developers need to constantly update their applications. Sometimes, your phone gets filled with applications and you forget to update them. However, don’t worry, as you will be able to update all the applications at once by opening the Google Play Store, selecting “My Applications” and tapping on “Update All”.
Removing unwanted application from your account
Google Play Stores will keep track of all installed and removed applications that you have linked to your account. This is how developers will be able to stay connected with you via their mobile applications. However, you will be able to remove unwanted applications from your account. To do this, open Google Play Store, swipe to the left or right, select All from the top banner and after that tap “X” for the application that you want to remove from your account.