Google Play Store is full of surprises, and it can help you a lot when it comes to using the app properly. Here are the best tips to use the app, especially if you’re first using the app.
Save your mobile data
It is safe to say that all smartphone users are concerned when it comes to their internet package. They try to save data when using the phone – especially when installing or updating apps. This happens because, when you install or update large apps, it consumes a lot of data, and the user finishes the data usage limit.
There is one way out. You can change the general settings of the auto-update apps, auto-play videos, and the app download preferences since they are, by default, made to consume internet data without your permission.
You need to open the Google Play Store app and go to the Setting section. There are three things you need to do. Go to App Download preference, and change to over WiFi only. Go to Auto-update apps, and change to ‘Don’t auto-update apps.’, and go to Auto-play Videos, and change to ‘Don’t auto-play videos.’
Join a beta program and make an app better
Some developers may want to get user feedback when making new apps and features. They want to get feedback before they release the official version to the general public. You can help them by joining early access or beta programs.
Of course, since they’re still working on the apps, they might crash sometimes. Some developers set a limit for users in these beta programs. When the number has been reached, you will get a message saying that the program is full.
For this one, you need to open the Google Play Store app. and tap on Early Access. Find an app that you want to try (and that offers early access) and install it. Then use it and leave feedback for the developers.
The backup feature does miracles
In case you didn’t know, Google Play Store has backup and restoration options. They allow you to install all of the useful apps that were previously installed on your old device on your new Android device.
All of your data gets stores on Google Drive. Make sure this option is enabled on your device. Go to Settings, then press on Google. From there, select Backup and toggle to Google Drive. All of the apps will be saved and restored on any new device you get – but only if you’re using the same Google account. However, keep in mind that only the apps will be restored and not the app data. Make sure you do a backup for that, too.
Download apps on your PC
You can download apps on mobile devices from the PC version of the store. You need to log into the Google account on your PC and open the Play Store’s web version. Then, search for the app you want and install it.
You will get a list of all the devices that are connected by using the same account. You will need to select the name of the device where you want the app to be installed.
Restrict app downloads
Some apps come with age restrictions and copyright. This means that parents should review these apps before letting their children use them. There’s a feature for it: the Parental Control feature. It allows a parent to set a password on some of the apps before the child downloads them.
In order to do so, open the Google Play Store and click on the menu. Select Settings, and then choose Parental Control. Toggle it to On, and set the password. Then make the list of apps.
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