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How to make the most of Google Play Store: some important tips

The Play Store is a very useful Google app that beside allows users to download any app in the Google digital market; it has many other functions those are ignored for the vast majority of us. These commonly unknowns’ functions have the potential to make your experience even more pleasant.

So, do you want to improve the use of Google Play Store? Therefore, keep reading this post and, thanks to the tips below, you will be able to make the most of Google Play Store.

What is Google Play Store?

Google Play Store is the main app store for Android devices. It is developed by Google, and currently it offers you almost four millions of different apps in order to download and install those you need in a very easy and safe way. In addition, there are some more functions, although they are unknown by a big group of Google Play Store users.

These unknowns’ functions allow modify different facets of the use of Play Store, providing users with additional tools to achieve a better personalization of this app. For example, these allow report problems in the app service; establish the parental control and the payment of Premium app; and many other functions.

Thanks to this post, you will be able to know better what Google Play Store offers you and how to make the most of Google Play Store by doing some relevant tips.

Tips to make the most of Google Play Store

The tips you have to know to make the most of the Google Play Store functions are the followings:

Which app do you use the most?

People nowadays love downloading and installing many apps in their devices. Sometimes, they do not even use them and, sometimes, their devices cannot bear many apps at the same time, due to storage problems. When it happens, you need to remove some apps, but, don’t you think it is important to know which ones you use the most? It is always better to remove those apps you hardly ever use.

Follow the next step in order to know which apps you should remove according to the use you give them:

  1. Open Google Play Store app on your device.
  2. Click on the three horizontal lines you see in the left upper side of your screen.
  3. Click on “My apps & games”.
  4. Click on the “installed”
  5. Change the apps order and choose “Last used”.

 

How to report dangerous or problematic apps?

Google Play Store gives so much importance to the privacy of your personal data and only allows safe apps. However, sometimes, there are some problematic or dangerous apps on Google Play Store and we can help Google remove them from its app store. Just in case you see some suspicious apps on Google Play Store, you can report them. For doing that, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Google Play Store app on your device.
  2. Look for that dangerous app and access its main screen by clicking on it.
  3. You will see three points on the right upper side of the screen. Click on it.
  4. Click on “Flag as inappropriate”.
  5. There are some options, so you have to click on the best option according to the problem.
  6. Click on “Submit”.

Establish an amount of money for your paid apps

Google Play Store counts with paid apps too, although most of the Play Store apps are completely free. The problem with this mixing up between paid and free apps is that some users do not pay attention to the money they are spending. In order to solve this problem and do not waste so much money on useless apps, you can fix a maximum quantity of money that you can spend monthly on apps following these steps:

  1. Open Google Play Store app on your device.
  2. Click on the three horizontal lines you see in the left upper side of your screen. A new menu will display.
  3. Click on “Account”.
  4. Access the bar “Purchase history”.
  5. Click on “Edit budget” and establish the maximum quantity of money you would like to spend monthly on Google Play Store. Do not forget to save the changes.

 

How to get a refund for your purchases?

Sometimes, people buy apps without knowing how they work exactly. Therefore, can you get the money back if you are not going to use this app? Of course you can. You can even access Google Assistant in order to get some help with the refund. Anyway, they will check on some requirements in order to pay back the money you spend in that app.

First of all, you need to take into account that you must to request the money back before 48 hours from the effective purchase of the app. Anyway, it is better to request the money back before two hours since you bought the app, since you will get the money back at the instant. In any case, follow the next steps to get the money back:

  1. Open Google Play Store app on your device.
  2. Access the main screen of the app you have bought.
  3. Click on “Refund”. This option will only be available during the first two hours since you bought the app.
  4. In case you bought it more than two hours ago, access “My apps & games”.
  5. Look up the app you have bought and click on “Refund”.

 

Activate parental control on Google Play Store

Google Play Store also offers inappropriate apps and games for kids, so you must pay attention to it. What can you do then? Google Play Store counts with a parental control you can activate/deactivate. Thus, the kids will only see appropriate apps and games according to their age.

In addition, you can also disable the purchase option in the Google Play Store. In concrete, you can activate an identity confirmation before purchasing any app. Thus, your children will not be able to buy anything in the Google Play Store. In order to activate the parental control, follow these steps:

  1. Open Google Play Store app on your device.
  2. Click on the three horizontal lines you see in the left upper side of your screen. A new menu will display.
  3. Click on “Settings”, then “Parental controls” and activate it.

 

Explore the different categories to get new apps and games

As you read before, Google Play Store counts with millions of different apps and it is impossible to explore all the apps in order to download and install those you like. That is why Google Play Store is equipped with a category bar, so you will be able to visualize the apps depending on their category. This makes easier the fact of looking up new apps and games. Follow the next steps to use this function:

  1. Open Google Play Store app on your device.
  2. In the upper side of the Google Play Store, select “Categories”.
  3. Many different categories will appear, so select the category you are interested in.
  4. Once you have found an interesting app or game, download and install it.

How to manage your subscriptions

Sometimes, we need to get a subscription in order to use some apps. For example, we need to get a subscription to use Netflix and, in some cases, Spotify. It means we need to pay a specific quantity of money monthly, in order to keep on using these apps. Therefore, Google Play Store allows you to visualize all your subscriptions to control and manage them. To do so, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Google Play Store app on your device.
  2. Click on the three horizontal lines you see in the left upper side of your screen. A new menu will display.
  3. Click on “Subscriptions”.

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