How to Manage Apps on the Nexus 7 Tablet - dummies

How to Manage Apps on the Nexus 7 Tablet

The Play Store app is not only where you buy apps — it’s also used for managing apps on the Nexus 7 tablet. 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.

How to review your apps

To peruse the apps you’ve downloaded from the Google Play Store, follow these steps:

  1. Start the Play Store app.

  2. Touch the My Apps button, found at the top of the screen.

    It looks similar to the Downloading notification.

  3. Peruse your apps.

You see two categories for your apps: Installed and All. Installed apps are found on your tablet; the All apps category includes apps that you have downloaded but that may not be installed. Swipe the screen left or right to switch between categories.


Here, you see three apps in need of an 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 Nexus 7. Apps flagged as Installed are, in fact, installed on the tablet. Apps listed as Free or Purchased aren’t installed but can be installed by simply touching their icons.

How to share an app

When you love an app so much that you just 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 Google Play Store by obeying these steps:

  1. 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, the one with the Free or price button.

  2. Touch the Share icon.


    A menu appears, listing various apps and methods for sharing the app’s Play Store link with your pals.

  3. Choose a sharing method.

    For example, choose Gmail to send a link to the app in an e-mail message.

  4. Use the chosen app to send the link.

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

The result of these steps is that your friend receives a link. The person can touch the link on her Android device and be whisked instantly to the Google Play Store, where she can easily install the app.

How to update an app

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 individually. You can update a group of apps by touching the Update All button.

The updating process often involves downloading and installing a new version of the app. That’s perfectly fine; the update process doesn’t change your settings and options.

How to remove downloaded apps

There are a few reasons to remove an app: it doesn’t work or somehow annoys you. It’s also perfectly okay to remove redundant apps, such as when you’re trying to find a decent music-listening app and you end up with a dozen or so that you never use.

Whatever the reason, remove an app by following these directions:

  1. Start the Play Store app.

  2. Touch the My Apps icon at the top of the screen.

    The My Apps icon button looks like the Downloading notification.


  3. In the Installed list, touch the app that offends you.

  4. Touch the Uninstall button.

  5. Touch the OK button to confirm.

    The app is removed.

The app continues to appear on the All list, on the My Apps screen, even after it’s been removed. After all, you downloaded it once. That doesn’t mean that the app is still installed.

  • Removing an app frees 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 with a paid app.

  • Some apps are preinstalled on your tablet or are part of the Android operating system. They cannot be removed. There’s probably a technical way to uninstall these apps, but seriously: Just don’t use the apps if you can’t remove them.