Install, Update, and Manage Apps Using Google Play

Edited by Jay, Visihow Admin

For Android users, there are only two ways to get applications and games on our devices; side loading, and of course, via the Google Play Store. The Play Store is obviously the more secure and safe route when it comes to adding apps to your device. By routinely scanning applications and games, Google helps protect users from dangerous or maleficent content. So, it's no surprise that using Google Play to download apps and games is the most popular method.

With that in mind, the Play Store can be a little confusing for users new to the Android platform. If you're a veteran user, you'll probably already know most of the information below. However, more people every day are just starting out using Android, and for them, this information could prove to be quite helpful.

In the following VisiHow tutorial, we're going to show step-by-step how to; browse and search apps, install free and paid apps, update apps, and to manage Google Play settings. For this article, we used a Google Pixel running Android Oreo (8.1).


Search and Browse for Apps and Games in the Google Play Store

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    On the home screen, swipe up to access your app tray.
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    Once inside your app tray, tap the "Play Store" shortcut.
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    From the Play Store, enter keywords or the exact name of the app you're looking for. Once the search results populate, tap an app to view its information page.
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    To browse apps, simply swipe left or right to view different categories.
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    You also have the option to swipe through various age groups, or you can see the top 100 charts.
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Download and Install Free Apps from the Google Play Store

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    From the home screen, swipe upward to view the app drawer.
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    While in the app drawer, tap the "Play Store" icon.
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    Once inside the Play Store, search for an app or game, or select one by browsing the various categories, age groups, or charts.
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    Once you selected an app, tap the green "INSTALL" button.
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    After the app has finished installing, tap the green "OPEN" button.
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Download and Install Paid Apps from the Google Play Store

To purchase items through the Google Play Store, you'll need to have to payment method set. For a detailed guide to managing Google Play payments, please see our tutorial.

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    On the home screen, swipe up to get into the app drawer.
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    While in the app drawer, tap the "Play Store" app.
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    From inside the Play Store, browse or search for an app to install.
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    Once you're on the app's info page, tap the green button with the price displayed.
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    Next, enter the password for the Google account you have linked to the Play Store, then tap "CONFIRM". If you see an additional pop-up asking how often you'd like to confirm your password, select either "EVERY TIME" or "NEVER".
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    Once the payment has been processed; you'll see a message that says "Payment successful". Tap "CONTINUE" to proceed with the installation.
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  • Update Apps on the Google Play Store

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      On the home screen of your device, swipe up to access your app tray.
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      From the app tray, open the Play Store" app.
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      Once inside the Play Store, tap the hamburger icon in the upper left corner, then tap "My apps & games".
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      On the My apps & games screen, you'll see any apps that require updates. You can tap "UPDATE ALL" to update the entire list or tap "Update" next to each app separately.
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      Once the updates are completed, the status will say; "No updates available". If you have Auto-update apps enabled, apps will update in the background when they become available.
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    Manage Google Play Settings

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      From the home screen, swipe up.
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      While in the app drawer, tap the "Play Store" shortcut.
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      Once you're in the Play Store, tap the hamburger icon in the top left corner, followed by "Settings".
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      The first option on the Settings screen is "Notifications". You can choose to receive notifications for when; updates are available, apps get updated automatically, you can pre-register for new games, and new deals and promotions are available.
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      The second option inside Settings is "Auto-update apps". Your options are; Do not auto-update apps, Auto-update apps at any time (data charges may apply), or Auto-update apps over WiFi only.
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      The third option on the Settings' screen is "Clear local search history". Tap this to clear your Play Store search history.
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      The fourth option inside the Play Store's settings is, "Parental control". Tap this, then tap the toggle switch in the top right corner to enable and set parental controls.
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      When prompted to create a pin, enter a numeric code, then confirm the code to continue.
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      Once a pin has been created, tap a section to set restrictions on, then choose from one of the options under "Allow Up To". Once you've made a selection, tap "SAVE".
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      The next option in Settings is "Require authentication for purchases". You can choose; For all purchases through Google Play on this device, Every 30 minutes, or Never.
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      The last option inside Settings is "Use apps without installation". Here you can select a Google account to use instant apps with. If you don't want to use the instant apps function, select "None".
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    If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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