How to Obtain an App for Your Android Tablet - dummies

How to Obtain an App for Your Android Tablet

After you locate the app you’ve always dreamed of, the next step is to download it, by copying it into your Android tablet from the Google Play Store. The app is then installed automatically, building up your collection of apps and expanding what your Android tablet can do.

Good news: Most apps are available for free. Better news: Even the apps you pay for don’t cost dearly. In fact, it seems odd to sit and stew over whether paying 99 cents for a game is “worth it.”

It’s a good idea to download a free app first, to familiarize yourself with the process. Then try your hand at a paid app.

Free or not, the process of obtaining an app works pretty much the same. Follow these steps:

  1. If possible, activate the Wi-Fi connection to avoid incurring data overages.

  2. Open the Play Store app.

  3. Find the app you want, and open its description.

    The difference between a free app and a paid app is found on the button used to obtain the app. For a free app, the button says Install. For a paid app, the button shows the price.

    You may find three other buttons next to an app: Open, Update, and Uninstall. The Open button opens an app that’s already installed on your Android tablet; the Update button updates an already installed app; and the Uninstall button removes an already installed app.

  4. Touch the Install button to get a free app; for a paid app, touch the button with the price on it.

    Don’t fret if you touched a price button! You’re not buying anything yet. Instead, you see a screen describing the app’s permissions.

  5. Touch the Accept button.

    The App Permissions list isn’t a warning, and it doesn’t mean anything bad. The Play Store is simply telling you which of your tablet’s features the app has access to.

  6. For a paid app, touch the Buy button.

    The purchase summary lists any credit cards you’ve registered with Google Play. If not, you have to configure a payment method. After the method is configured, touching the Buy button makes the purchase.

    If you have any Google Credit, choose your Google Play balance from the credit card list.

  7. Touch the Open button to run the app.


    Or, if you were doing something else while the app was downloading and installing, choose the Successfully Installed notification. The notification features the app’s name with the text Successfully Installed beneath it.

At this point, what happens next depends on the app you’ve downloaded. For example, you may have to agree to a license agreement. If so, touch the I Agree button. Additional setup may involve setting your location, signing in to an account, or creating a profile.

After you complete initial app setup, or if no setup is necessary, you can start using the app.

  • Apps you download are added to the Apps drawer, made available like any other app on your tablet.

  • Some apps may install shortcut icons on the Home screen after they’re installed.


  • When you dither over getting a paid app, consider adding it to your wish list. Touch the Wishlist icon when viewing the app. You can review your wish list by choosing the My Wishlist item from the Play Store app’s navigation drawer.

  • Payment information, as well as your purchase history, can be accessed through the Google Wallet.

  • For a paid app, you receive a Gmail message from the Google Play Store, confirming your purchase. The message contains a link you can click to review the refund policy, in case you change your mind on the purchase.

  • Be quick on that refund: Some apps allow you only 15 minutes to get your money back. You know when the time is up because the Refund button on the app’s description screen changes its name to Uninstall.