Google Play Store has always surprised us in the right way. It keeps doing it, and we are here to show you how to navigate through it properly and get the best experience meant for users. Here are the best 5 tips to keep in mind while navigating the Google Play Store.
Search through all the categories available
If you want a specific type of apps or game, then you should directly look for Categories. On the Play Store’s web portal, you can see the categories for every section.
On Android, you can find the Categories in the pane, right below Apps and Games. On the Category page, you can find all the categories, such as Family, Photography, Music & Audio, Entertainment.
When it comes to buying, use the fingerprint authentication
If you have a fingerprint scanner, then you can use it in order to authenticate purchases on the Play Store. It’s way easier than typing.
In order to enable fingerprint authentication, you need to go to the Play Store Settings and tick the Fingerprint authentication option. You may be asked to enter your password.
Be a beta tester
If you want to get access to early features, then you must become a beta tester. There are a lot of open beta apps and closed beta apps. When an app is available to open beta test, you will need to link to their beta app and install it on your phone. But if there is a closed beta, you may need to register first.
There are Google beta apps, such as Chrome beta, that’s available on the Play Store and is an open beta. There’s also WhatsApp beta, which requires you to register, even after you get an update to the beta version. But always keep in mind that these apps are unstable.
See which devices are registered on the store
If you have more than one device registered on the store, then you can manage all of them from only one place: the Google Play Store web portal.
In order to get there, you need to press on the settings cog icon that’s placed below your profile icon and click Settings. Then, you’ll see a list of all of the devices that you have used with your Google Account. You can change their names or make them disappear from the menu – just untick the Show in menus option. This way, a device that you’re not using anymore will not appear on the menu anymore, and it would look cleaner than before.
Doing a search? Omit what you don’t need
We might search for a specific type of apps, but we don’t really want a specific app to show up. You can omit precise results from your searchers. All you have to do is to type what you’re looking for and then add “-pixlr.” So you will not get any results with Pixlr.
If you buy a lot of apps from the Play Store, then you are probably wondering how to keep track of *all* of them. Of course, there is a straightforward way to do so. And if you don’t like a certain app anymore, you can ask Google to refund your purchase.
You need to keep in mind that the refund period doesn’t last long, and you will need to make up your mind within two hours of buying the app. Just go to the Account section from the menu, and go to the Order History tab.
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