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How to Install Apps to Your Android Tablet from a Computer

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

  1. Use a computer’s web browser to visit the Google Play store on the Internet.

    Bookmark that site!

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

    Use the same Google account you used when setting up your Android tablet. 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. Click the Install or Buy button.

  5. Choose your Android tablet from the Send To menu.

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

    Your Android tablet may be listed using its technical name, not the brand name you’re used to.

  6. For a free app, click the Install button. For a paid app, click the Continue button, choose your payment source, and then click the Buy button.

    Installation proceeds.

As if by magic, the app is installed on your Android tablet — even though you used a computer to do it. Heck, the tablet need not even be within sight of you, and the app still remotely installs.

You probably won’t be using the Internet on a computer to install most of the software on your tablet. However, it’s a great trick to know, especially when you’re using the computer and discover some new goodies you may desire for your Android tablet. In that case, you can remotely install the app, music, book, or whatever. It’s handy.

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