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How to Manage Apps on an Android Phone

The Google Play Store is not only where you buy apps for an Android phone — it’s also the place you return to for performing app management. This task includes reviewing apps you’ve downloaded, updating apps, organizing apps, and removing apps that you no longer want or that you severely hate.

Reviewing your downloaded apps

You probably sport a whole host of apps on your Android phone. It’s kind of fun to download new software and give your phone new abilities. To review the apps you’ve acquired, follow these steps:

  1. Start the Play Store app.

  2. Press the Menu soft button and choose My Apps.

  3. Scroll your installed apps.

The list of downloaded apps is accurate in that it represents apps you’ve downloaded. Some apps in the all apps list, however, might not be installed on your phone: They were downloaded, installed, and then removed.

Sharing an app

When you love an app so much that you can’t contain your glee, feel free to share the app with your friends. You can easily share a link to the app in the Play Store by obeying these steps:

  1. Visit the app on your My Apps list.

  2. Touch the Share button.

  3. Choose a sharing method.

  4. Use the chosen app to send the link.

The result of completing these steps is that your friend receives a link. They can touch the link on their phone, or no another mobile Android device, and be whisked instantly to the Google Play Store, where they can view the app and easily install it on their gizmo.

Updating an app

One nice thing about using the Google Play Store to get new software is that the phone notifies you of new versions of the apps you download. Whenever a new version of any app is available, you see it flagged for updating. Updating the app to get the latest version is cinchy.

From the My Apps list, touch the Update button to update all apps for which automatic updating is allowed.

Some apps must be updated individually. To update those apps, touch the green Update button found to the right of the app’s name. Touch the Update button on the app’s Information screen, and then choose Accept & Download.

To make updating easier, open an app’s Information screen and place a green check mark by the item Allow Automatic Updating.

Removing apps

You’re free to remove any app you’ve added to your phone — specifically, the apps you’ve downloaded from the Play Store. To do so, heed these steps:

  1. Start the Play Store app.

  2. Press the Menu soft button and choose My Apps.

  3. Touch the app that offends you.

  4. Touch the Uninstall button.

  5. Touch the OK button to confirm.

The app continues to appear on the My Apps (downloads) list even after it has been removed. After all, you downloaded it once. That doesn’t mean that the app is installed.

Controlling your apps

Your Android phone has a technical area where you can review and manage all installed apps. To visit that place, follow these steps:

  1. At the Home screen, press the Menu soft button.

  2. Choose Settings, and then choose Applications.

  3. Choose Manage Applications.

  4. Touch the All tab at the top of the screen.

    A complete list of apps installed on your phone is displayed. Unlike the My Apps list in the Play Store app, only installed apps appear.

  5. Touch an application name.

    The app’s Info screen appears, showing lots of trivia about the app.

Among the trivia on the application’s Info screen, you’ll find some useful buttons.

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