How to Install Apps on Your Nexus 7 Tablet from Your Computer

You don’t need to use the Nexus 7 tablet to install apps. Using a computer, you can visit the Google Play website, choose software, and have the app installed remotely. It’s kind of cool, yet kind of scary. Here’s how it works:

  1. Use your computer’s web browser to visit the Google Play Store on the Internet.

    Bookmark this site in your computer’s web browser.

  2. If necessary, click the Sign In link to log in to your Google account.

    Use the same Google account that you used when setting up your Nexus 7. You need to have access to that account so that Google can remotely update your various Android devices.

  3. Browse for something.

    You can hunt down apps, books, music — the whole gamut. It works just like browsing the Play Store on your tablet.

  4. After clicking the Install or Buy button to obtain the item, choose your Nexus 7 from the Device menu.

    The menu lists all your Android devices, or at least those compatible with what you’re getting.

    The Nexus 7 tablet may be listed as ASUS Nexus 7. ASUS is the hardware manufacturer.

  5. For a free app, click the Install button; for a paid app, click the Continue button.

    If you’re getting a free app, installation proceeds. Otherwise, for a paid app, you choose your payment source, such as a credit card, and then click the Buy button.

As if by magic, the app is installed on your Nexus 7 — even though you used a computer to do it.

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