Using the Google Play Store Wish List and Share Feature on Your Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

Like most people, you probably don’t want to become a Play Store expert. You just want to get the app you want for your Android phone and get on with your life. When you’re ready to get more from the Play Store, give the following items a try.

Using the wish list

While you dither over getting a purchase at the Play Store, consider adding the item to your wish list: Tap the Wish List icon when viewing the app. The Wish List’s color changes depending on which category you’re viewing in the Play Store app.

To review your wish list, tap the Side Menu icon in the Play Store app. Choose the My Wishlist item from the navigation drawer. You’ll see all the items you’ve flagged. When you’re ready to buy, choose one and buy it!

Sharing an item from the Play Store

Sometimes you love your Play Store purchase so much that you just can’t contain your glee. When that happens, consider sharing the item. Obey these steps:

  1. Open the Play Store app.

  2. Browse or search for the app, music, book, or other item you want to share.

  3. When you find the item, tap it to view its description screen.

  4. Tap the Share icon.

    You may have to swipe down the screen to locate the Share icon. After tapping the Share icon, you see a menu listing various apps.

  5. Choose an app.

    For example, choose Gmail to send a Play Store link in an email message.

  6. Use the chosen app to share the link.

    What happens next depends on which sharing method you’ve chosen.

The result of following these steps is that your friend receives a link. That person can tap the link on his mobile Android device and be whisked instantly to the Google Play Store, where the item can be obtained.