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[Other] 11 Cool Google Play Store Features And Tricks You Probably Don't Know About!

2018-06-15 22:28:43
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Hi, Mi Fans!

For many, the Google Play Store is just an app marketplace: You see an app you like, you tap Install, and you go on with your day. But the Play Store has a bunch of lesser-known features and secrets that can kick your enjoyment of Android up several notches. This thread focuses on some simple Google Play store tricks and features which you might not have bumped into yet. It’s possible you may be aware of some or all the Google Play store tricks mentioned below, but a recap would be perfect for refreshing your memory. So, here are the most helpful tips and tricks for the Google Play Store:

Test And Refund Apps:

  • Did you know that you can get refunds for paid apps in the Play Store? Google is pretty lenient regarding what you can refund and reasons for claiming a refund, and the process is fast and straightforward. And yes, you can return an app if you “later decided you didn’t want it.” Learn more in the official website on Google Play Store refunds.
  • Once you've purchased an app, on its Play Store page you'll see options to Install or Open. In addition, a Refund option should appear to the left of it.
  • Tap the refund button within two hours of your purchase to get your money back, no questions asked.
  • For paid apps and games, you have two hours after your purchase to request a refund (or 48 hours if you make your refund request on the web instead of through the Play Store app). The only exception is for unauthorized purchases, which have a limit of 65 days.

Search Apps By Developer:

  • When searching for apps in the Play Store, you can use the pub:[developer’s name] modifier to filter the search results and only show apps whose developers match that query.
  • This is great when you really like a certain app and want to see what else the developers have made, or if you know who made an app but forget what it was called.

Unlock Early Access And Beta Apps:

  • Sometimes you’ll hear of an upcoming app that’s generating a lot of buzzes but hasn’t been released to the public yet. You can check if it’s available as an “early access” app, and if it is, you may be able to try it out ahead of time. Beware that early access apps are often buggy, glitchy, poorly optimized, and prone to crashes.
  • The Play Store also allows developers to offer separate beta versions of already-released apps. These beta apps often have more features and other improvements, but may not be quite ready for public release due to crashes, bugs, glitches, etc.

View Only Relevant App Reviews:

  • Have you ever downloaded a well-reviewed app only for it to be buggy on your device? Or maybe previous versions of the app were great, but the latest version introduced some big changes that worsened the experience? Yes, an app’s reviews can sometimes be misleading.
  • Fortunately, you can filter reviews and only see the ones that are relevant to you right now. Go to the app’s page in the Play Store app, scroll down to the reviews, tap Read All Reviews, tap Options on the right, then toggle “Latest version only.” You can also enable “From this device model only,” but the older your device, the less useful this option will be.

Reinstall Owned Apps in Bulk:

  • our Google account keeps track of all the apps you’ve ever purchased and/or installed. This is great for when you upgrade to a new device and want to restore a bunch of your apps, but searching for and installing them one by one can be a huge pain.
  • Fortunately, there’s a better way. In the Play Store app, tap the menu button and select My apps & games. Switch over to the Library tab to see a massive list of all the apps tied to your account. Just scroll down and tap Install for the ones you want.

Put A Parental Lock On Google Play:

The Play Store offers three distinct ways to “lock down” app installations, which come in real handy if you regularly let your kids play games or stream videos on your device:
  • Fingerprint Block: If your device has a fingerprint scanner, you can restrict purchases to your fingerprint by going to Settings ➜ User Controls ➜ Fingerprint authentication.
  • Parental Control PIN: You can also restrict purchases by going to Settings ➜ User Controls ➜ Parental controls. Turn it on, set a PIN, and you’re good to go.
  • Mature Content Filter: You can set when the PIN is necessary by going to Settings ➜ User Controls ➜ Parental controls ➜ Set content restrictions. Disallowing Teen, Mature, and Adults Only apps should be enough in most cases.

Disable Auto-Updates For Certain Apps:
  • You know how sometimes you wake up and an app updated overnight, but the new version is decidedly worse than before? Some developers are notorious for this. Other apps push updates every few days, and that can get really annoying.
  • Fortunately, the Play Store allows you to disable auto-update for certain apps. Go to the app’s page in Play Store, tap the menu button at the top-right (you’ll only see it if the app is currently installed), and uncheck Auto-update.

Create App Wishlists:

  • If you decide that you want to install an app but can’t right now, or maybe you want to wait and see if it improves before committing, then start using the Wishlist feature.
  • On the app’s page in Play Store, tap the bookmark icon with the plus sign at the top. This immediately adds it to your wish list. To view your wishlist, tap the menu button and select Wishlist. Here you can choose to install or remove each app.

Device Manager:

You can now easily find out your lost android mobile with the help of Device Manager. Go to the link Google Drive Manage and log in your Google ID. With this amazing feature, you can find out your lost device.

Install An App That Isn't Available In Your Country:
  • If you're really keen to get an app that's not available in your country then you can still get your hands on it by using a VPN. 'VPN' means 'virtual private network'. It gives you a secure internet connection via private networks in locations outside of your current one.
  • Basically, a VPN service can make it look like you're accessing the internet from a different location. It's important that you choose a credible VPN. We regularly feature VPN deals in our AndroidPIT Store if you're looking for a good one at a low price.
  • Once you've downloaded a VPN, select the country whose Play Store you want to access in the VPN app, get the VPN up and running, then open the Play Store app. It should land on the Play Store homepage of the country you selected. Now you can get the app you desire.

Install Android Apps From Your Computer:

Another amazing feature that Google Play Store provides you to install apps on your android device from your desktop browser.

  • Open Google Play Store website in your browser.
  • Select the app which you want to download and select Install button.
  • Choose the device and click on the Install button

So, friends, these were some of the features and tips of Google Play Store.

How many of these did you know about? Which one is your favorite or which one did you like most? Drop down your thoughts in the comment section below. I'll see you soon with one more tech topic. Till then, take care!


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