How to Manage Your Android Tablet Apps
The Play Store app is not only where you buy apps for your Android tablet — it’s also used for performing app management. That task includes reviewing apps you’ve downloaded, updating apps, organizing apps, and removing apps you no longer want or that you severely hate.
How to review your Android tablet apps
To peruse the apps you’ve downloaded from the Google Play Store, follow these steps:
Start the Play Store app.
Touch the My Apps icon, found at the top of the screen.
Peruse your apps.
You’ll see two categories for your Play Store apps: Installed and All. Installed apps are found on your tablet; All apps include apps you have downloaded but which may not currently be installed. Swipe the screen left or right to switch between the categories, although some tablets may just have you touch the Installed or All categories atop the screen.
You see three apps that are in need of an update. The Google Voice app is listed separately because it requires a manual update. The rest of the apps, starting at the bottom of the screen, are installed and up-to-date.
The All Your Apps screen lists any app you’ve ever installed on any Android device, even if it’s not installed on the Android tablet. Apps flagged as Installed are, in fact, installed on the tablet. Apps listed as Free or Purchased are not installed, but can be simply by touching their icons.
How to share an app from your Android tablet
When you love an app so much that you just can’t contain your glee, feel free to share that app with your friends. You can easily share a link to the app in the Google Play Store by obeying these steps:
In the Google Play Store, choose the app to share.
You can choose any app, but you need to be at the app’s details screen to share the app.
Touch the Share icon.
A menu appears listing various apps and methods for sharing the app’s Play Store link with your pals.
Choose a sharing method.
For example, choose Gmail to send a link to the app in an e-mail message.
Use the chosen app to send the link.
What happens next depends on which sharing method you’ve chosen.
The end result of these steps is that your friends receive a link. They can touch that link on their Android device and be whisked instantly to the Google Play Store, where they can easily install the app.
How to update an app on your Android tablet
The Play Store notifies you of new versions of your apps. Whenever a new version is available, you see it flagged for updating. Updating the app to get the latest version is cinchy.
Some apps are updated automatically; there’s no need for you to do anything. Other apps must be updated manually. You can update a group of apps by touching an Update button. For manual updates, choose the item in the list, and then touch the Update button.
To make updating easier, you can place a blue check mark by the item Allow Automatic Updating. Find that button by choosing an app and viewing its description screen.
The updating process often involves downloading and installing a new version of the app. That’s perfectly fine; your settings and options aren’t changed by the update process.
Even though automatic updating may be configured for some apps, they still require a manual update.
How to remove apps from your Android tablet
Perhaps you installed an app that doesn’t work or annoys you. Perhaps you installed more than one app that does the same thing. Whatever the reason, remove an app by following these directions:
Start the Play Store app.
Touch the My Apps icon at the top of the screen.
The My Apps icon button looks like the Downloading notification.
In the Installed list, touch the app that offends you.
Touch the Uninstall button.
Touch the OK button to confirm.
The app is removed.
The app continues to appear on the All list even after it’s been removed. After all, you downloaded it once. That doesn’t mean that the app is still installed.
In most cases, if you uninstall a paid app right away, your credit card or account is fully refunded. The definition of right away depends on the app and is stated on the app’s description screen. It could be anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours.
Removing an app does free a modicum of storage inside the tablet. Just a modicum.
You can always reinstall paid apps that you’ve uninstalled. You aren’t charged twice for doing so.
Some apps are preinstalled on your tablet, or they’re part of the Android operating system. They cannot be removed. Just don’t use the apps if you can’t remove them.