We consider the Google Play Store to be our friend. It’s always taking care of us with new apps and new updates for our apps. But did you know that you can do a lot more than just download apps? We are here to give you some of the best tips to keep in mind when using the Google Play Store.
Hide your Android from the menu list
You can now hide your Android device from the menu list. You need to go to the Google Play Store, then select the Gear icon, and go to Settings. From there, de-select Show in menus for the device that you do not want to appear in the list.
Take control of your device, even if it’s stolen
The Android Device Manager allows you to remotely get access to your device, ring it, lock it, and erase all the data in case your phone gets stolen. You need to go to the Google Play Store, then select the Gear icon, and go to the Android Device Manager.
Access all of your devices from one single place
Android Device Manager lets you keep track of all your Droids registered under the same Google account. You can select and track different devices easily.
The Android Device Manager also allows you to keep a record of all your devices registered with the game Google account. You are able now to select and track all of the devices, and it’s straightforward. You need to go to the web Play Store, then select the Gear icon, and go to the Android Device Manager. There, you’ll get a drop-down menu – choose the device that you want to track.
Filter the apps with regards to the device
If you have a tablet, but you only get a list of apps that only works on the mobile, don’t worry. You can filter the results by tablet or smartphone. You need to go to the Google Play Store, then select APPS from the top. Choose any category, and from the drop-down menu, select Designed for tablets.
Ask for a refund
Sometimes we just purchase apps, and they are not meeting our expectations, or there is something wrong, and we want to ask for a refund from the developers. After purchasing, there is a 15-minute window in which you’ll get an immediate refund, but after those 15 minutes, you will need to submit a refund plea to the developer.
Select the Gear icon, and then go to My Orders. Select the app, then click on the favicon, and you’ll see Report a Problem. You need to select “I’d like to request a refund,” write your reason why, and click on Submit.
Update all of your apps all at once
We all love our apps, and we know that the developers are taking care of us with bug fixes, improved performance, and new functionalities. However, from time to time, you’ll see that there are so many new apps, and you simply cannot update them by hand – you’ve probably even forgotten that you have specific apps. You can update them all at once.
From the Google Play home, swipe left. Then select My Apps, then tap on Update All.
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