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How to Get a Free App from the Google Play Store for an Android Phone

The most common and traditional items to hunt down at the Google Play Store are apps for your Android phone. More than 500,000 apps are available there, and most of the apps are free. Even the paid apps have “lite” versions that you can try without having to pay.

After you locate an app you want, the next step is to download it. Follow these steps:

  1. If possible, activate the phone’s Wi-Fi connection to avoid incurring data overages.

  2. Open the Play Store app.

  3. Locate the app you want, and open its description.

    You can browse for apps or use the Search button to find an app by name or job description.

  4. Touch the Download button.

    The button is found at the bottom of the app’s list o’ details. Free apps feature the Download button. Paid apps have a button with the app’s price on it.

    Touching the button doesn’t immediately download or install the app.

    After touching the Download button, you’re alerted to any services that the app uses. The list of permissions isn’t a warning, and it doesn’t mean anything bad. The app’s developer is simply informing you which of your phone’s features the app uses.

  5. Touch the Accept & Download button to begin the download.

    As the app is downloaded, you see the progress bar dance across the screen. When it’s done, the app has been installed.

  6. Touch the Open button to run the app.

At this point, what happens next depends on the app you’ve downloaded. For example, you may have to agree to a license agreement. If so, touch the I Agree button. Additional setup may involve setting your location, signing in to an account, or creating a profile, for example.

After the initial setup is complete, or if no setup is necessary, you can start using the app.

  • The new app’s icon is placed on the App menu, along with all the other apps on the phone.

  • Peruse the list of services that an app uses to look for anything unusual or out of line with the app’s purpose. For example, an alarm clock app that uses your Contacts list and the text messaging service is a red flag, especially if it’s your understanding that the app doesn’t need to text-message your contacts.

  • You can also place a shortcut icon for the app on the Home screen.

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