Google Play Store Tricks for Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S - dummies

Google Play Store Tricks for Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S

By Dan Gookin

You may have no desire to be a Play Store expert. Just get the app you want for your Galaxy tab, grouse over having to pay 99 cents for that must-have game or $4.99 to rent the latest blockbuster, and get on with your life. When you’re ready to get more from the Play Store, peruse some of the following items.

Using the wish list

While you dither over getting a paid app, music, book, or any other purchase at the Play Store, consider adding it to your wish list: Touch the Wish List icon when viewing the app.

To review your wish list, tap the Side Menu icon in the Play Store app. Choose the My Wish List item from 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 toshare.

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

  4. Touch 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 send the link.

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

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

Keeping stuff on the device

Books, music, movies and TV shows you obtain from the Play Store are not copied to your Galaxy Tab. Instead, they’re stored on the Internet. When you access the media, it’s streamed into your tablet as needed. This setup works well, and it keeps your Tab from running out of storage space, but it works only when an Internet connection is available.

When you plan on being away from an Internet connection, such as when you are flying across country and are too cheap to pay for inflight Wi-Fi, you can download Play Store purchases and save them on your tablet.

To see which media is on your Tab and which isn’t, open the Play Books, Play Music, or Play Movies & TV app. Follow these steps, which work the same in each app:

  1. Tap the Side Menu icon.

  2. In the navigation drawer, slide the Master Control by Downloaded Only to the on position.

    Just tap the gizmo and it toggles between on and off settings.

  3. Choose the My Library item from the navigation drawer.

    You see only those items on your tablet. The rest of your library, you can assume, is located on the Internet.

Repeat these steps to reset the Downloaded Only option to off, so that you can see all your books, music, and videos.

Items downloaded to your tablet feature an On Device icon. The icon’s color changes, depending on which app you’re using.

To keep an item on your tablet, look for the Download icon, shown in the margin. Tap that icon and the item is fetched from the Internet and stored on your device.

Keeping movies and lots of music on your Galaxy Tab consumes a lot of storage space. That’s okay for short trips and such, but for the long term, consider purging some of your downloaded media.

To remove an item you’ve downloaded, tap the On Device icon. Tap the Remove button to confirm.

Don’t worry about removing downloaded media. You can always download it again at no charge.