How to get the most out of your Google Play Store

Google Play Store is a popular service among Android users. It provides thousands of apps, games, widgets, e-Books, and much more, which you can purchase or download for free. You can read reviews from other users and view ratings of apps you are interested in as well as leave your feedback. However, Google Play Store has got many more features in its pocket. Check out our tips and tricks that will help you take Google Play’s functionality and app management even further.

Filter unwanted content

Google Play Store rates apps in terms of maturity, allowing users to restrict applications of gambling or violent nature. This feature may be especially helpful if you have kids using the service. There are five maturity rates in total, including ‘show all apps,’ ‘everyone,’ ‘low maturity,’ ‘medium maturity,’ and ‘high maturity’.

To enable content filtering, do the following:

  1. Open the “Settings” tab on the left side of your screen, and press “Content filtering”.
  2. There, select a desired level of content filtering, and press “OK”.

Create a wishlist for favorite apps

Google Play’s “Wishlist” feature helps you easily manage your favorite applications – remove, install or purchase saved apps in one tap. All you have to do is open the application you’d like to save to your wishlist and press a “+” icon on top. To see all your saved apps, just swipe right and select “My wishlist”.

Read accurate reviews

Truth is some reviews just aren’t depicting reality. Even applications that have some of the best ratings and reviews may not function properly on your mobile device. Now, we are not saying that you should not trust reviews by any means; but rather try to find the ones that are relevant at the moment. To do so, Google Play allows you to filter app reviews:

  1. Open the app you want to download and find the “Reviews” section.
  2. Press “Read all reviews”, choose “Options”, and enable the “Latest version only” feature.

Secure your purchases with a password

In case you have to share your mobile device with someone else, you may consider restricting Google Play purchases with a password. Fortunately, the service does provide such an option. First, start the service and go to the “Settings” section. Then, tap on the “Select password” button, set a password of your choice, and press “OK”.

Apply for a refund

Another great perk of Google Play Store is refunds. You can get your money back for any of the paid games or apps you’ve purchased. Basically, the service gives you 2 hours to request your refund if the purchase was made through the Google Play app (or 48 hours for refund requests on the web). Plus, the whole process is simple and quick. Follow these steps to send a request for refund:

  1. Open the Google Play app and go to “My orders”.
  2. Search for the application you’d like to refund, tap on the favicon, and select “Report a problem”.
  3. You will see a drop-down menu; choose “I’d like to request a refund,” explain why you want the app to be refunded, and press “Submit”.

Install apps remotely

Using Google Play, you may install applications and games on your mobile device from a desktop browser. It’s convenient, fast and simple. All you have to do is:

  1. Open Google Play in your web browser and search for the app you’d like to install.
  2. Go to the app’s page, press “Install”, and choose your mobile device.

No more new apps on your home screen

Have you noticed that Google Play add newly installed apps to your home screen automatically? Well, this may result in an extremely messy and cluttered home screen over time, which is quite annoying if you like to keep clean and organized. The good news is that you can disable this feature by doing the following:

  1. Open Google Play Store and swipe right to access the menu.
  2. Scroll down and press “Settings”.
  3. In the “General” section, find and uncheck the “Add icon to home screen” box.

Turn off auto-updates

By default, Google Play automatically updates all of your installed apps every time there’s a new version available. However, you can disable this option real quick. Just open the app’s page in your Play store, tap on the three-dot menu button at the top-right corner of your screen, and uncheck the “Enable auto update” option.