Find The Google Play Store App

The Google Play Store is one of the most important parts of Android. Here's what you need khổng lồ know.

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Joe Hindy is known as the 'app guy' around these parts. He's been at app android Authority since September of 2012. Previously, Joe was a part of the US Army & attended college for đoạn clip game design và development. He also quite enjoys yard work for some reason.
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01What is the Google Play Store?02Learning the basics03Logging in và out04Install & update apps05Payment methods và gift cards06Add, hide, and remove devices07Other tutorials
The Google Play Store is one biggest và most important parts of Android. It’s the central hub for all app & game content. It’s also a reasonably decent place for movies, TV shows, & e-books. The Play Store is a little overwhelming at times but you can learn how khổng lồ easily navigate it with a little help. There are a ton of commands, actions, & other activities within the app. Don’t worry, though — we’re going lớn cover basically all of them. Here is just about everything you can vị in the Google Play Store.


Please lưu ý that some actions are more complicated than others. We may links you to lớn a separate tutorial for the longer stuff in the interest of space. If you are experiencing Play Store issues, here are the most common problems and how khổng lồ fix them as well as some common error codes và what to bởi about them.


What is the Google Play Store?


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So what is the Google Play Store, anyhow? The Google Play Store is a digital storefront for various types of media. People most commonly use the app to download apps và games. However, the Play Store also sells e-books, TV shows, và movies. Everything, aside from apps & games, has its own tiện ích so you can optionally browse those sections only.


The store was originally the app android Market and it came out in October of 2008. It received many UI updates over the years, along with additional content and functionality. It changed its name to lớn the Play Store in March 2012 and it’s been that way ever since.


While Google Play is strongly associated with Android, it is not a part of the stock app android experience. It’s actually an extra piece of software for Google’s specific app android experience. That’s why the Play Store isn’t available on game android forks like Amazon’s Fire OS. OEMs must adhere to a specific mix of rules khổng lồ get Google apps and the Play Store is part of that package. There are alternate app stores available for game android as well.


If you need the Play Store, we have a full tutorial on how to download and install the Play Store here. Okay, let’s get started with those tutorials!


The basics


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There are some basic settings with some simple controls. The Play Store grants easy control over notifications, download settings, & some other fine-tuning. We’ll give you brief tutorials on where each one is and how to lớn access each one.


Change Google Play notification settings:

Tap your profile picture in the vị trí cao nhất right corner & tap the Settings option. From there, tap the General section and the notifications option should be in there.You can enable (or deny) notifications for your account, when updates are available, và when updates are installed. There are also additional options for when a pre-registered ứng dụng or game launches along with a đơn hàng and promotions notification.

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Change Google Play download settings:

There are actually two download settings in the Google Play Store. Tap the profile picture again & go khổng lồ Settings. This time, you want to lớn tap the Network preferences section where the tải về settings live.The first is App tải về preferences. You can phối this khổng lồ only tải về apps over a Wi-Fi connection, over any network, or lớn ask you when you choose khổng lồ download.The second is Auto-update apps. The first option lets you tải về updates over any connection, the second limits everything lớn Wi-Fi only, & the third option turns off auto-update entirely.While it isn’t a tải về setting, you can also turn off auto-play videos in this part of the menu. I recommend doing so as it’s a senseless waste of data.

Access, view, & alter your Google Play Wishlist:

You can địa chỉ cửa hàng any app, game, movie, TV show, book, or song/album to your wishlist by going lớn that media’s page, tapping the 3-dot menu in the đứng đầu right corner, & tapping the Add to lớn wishlist option.You can remove any truyền thông by returning khổng lồ that media’s page, repeating the process, except this time select Remove from wishlist.View your Wishlist by going lớn the Play Store home page, tapping the profile picture button, và tapping the Library option. Tapping anything on the danh sách takes you lớn that item’s Play Store page so you can either download, buy it, or remove it from your wishlist.You can also go into the Settings again, click on General, & then Account and device preferences. From there, tap the Clear wishlist option (toward the bottom) to remove all wishlist items in one go.

Change your Google Play Store theme:

This one is easy. Tap the profile picture button & select Settings.Tap the General section to lớn expand it and then tap the Theme option. Your options should include light, dark, & system theme. The first two options are self-explanatory. The system theme option makes the Play Store dark or light based on your device’s theme.

Change Google Play Protect settings:

Tap the profile picture button và select the Google Play Protect option.Tap the cogwheel icon in the đứng top right corner lớn view the Google Play Protect settings. You can also force a scan khổng lồ make sure your apps are all good.We honestly don’t recommend turning anything off, since all data collected is anonymous & Google Play Protect works better than antivirus apps in virtually all cases. However, if you want to disable them, you can here.

View payment history, balances, và redeem gift codes

Tap the profile picture button & then tap Payments và subscriptions.From here, you can select Payment methods, Subscriptions, budget & history,Redeem gift code. All the selections bởi basically exactly what you think they do.There is a second option to lớn redeem a gift thẻ under the Payment methods section as well as an option khổng lồ directly buy Google Play Credit.

View other Google Play Store settings:

Click the profile button and select the Settings option.Under the About header, you can view the Google Play Store version, view your Play Protect certification, & see open source licenses.

How to lớn enable & disable Instant Apps

Instant Apps is a feature that temporarily loads apps from web link and other places without actually downloading the tiện ích so you can try it before you download it.Tap the profile picture button và tap Settings.Tap the General section và select the Google Play Instant option. Enable it on the next screen. Please note, this may take a bit to lớn actually show up in things like web searches.

That should cover all of the basics.