If you just bought your first Android phone, it’s great to know a few basic things about the Play Store from Google. Both the app and the operating system had been created by Google, a tech giant company from Mountain View that you might have heard about before. The Play Store is the place where you can find anything you need for your phone, like apps, games, e-books, and more.
There are tons of free content in the Google Play Store that you can choose from, but there are also apps, games and other types of files that require you to pay for them. Also, apps and games that appear as free in the Play Store can charge you money for in-app/in-game progress. But don’t worry, anytime something you download requires money, you will notice. Don’t be afraid that someone or something will be going to pull out money from your credit card by pure magic.
How to install apps and games from the Play Store
You can find countless useful apps and fun games in Google Play Store, as well as TV shows, music, and movies. You can either choose to search by the desired name or through the Categories option. Also, Google has an automated recommendation system available that is suggesting you content based on what you had been searching previously. Simply clicking on the app, game, TV show or movie you want and hitting the Install button afterwards will get you having the desired content on your phone.
How to install updates for your apps, games and more
Updating your content whenever you have the chance is an important process and will get your smartphone protected from malicious software. Updating your content can be done easily by following the next steps:
- Select the ‘hamburger button’ (the three lines) in the top left corner while on the Play Store homepage
- Tap the My apps & games option
- You will see a list of all your Android apps and games. You can update them all one by one by simply hitting the Update button next to any of those apps names. Or you can use the much easier method: hit the Update all button from the top of the list and any app that is not already updated will receive its update.
There is a lot more to cover about Google Play Store, but we’ve only gone for some of the basic things.
Brian Dan is just getting his feet wet as a tech reporter but has already had his work featured in many major publications including Tech Spot and Tech Crunch. In regards to academics, Brian earned a degree in business from Fordham University. Brian has a passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.