How to Browse the Google Play Store on Your Samsung Galaxy Tablet

By Dan Gookin

You access the Google Play Store on your Samsung Galaxy tablet by opening the Play Store app, found on the Apps Menu screen but also on the main Home screen.

After opening the Play Store app, you see the main screen. You can browse for apps, games, books, or movie rentals. The categories are listed on the top-left part of the screen, with the other parts of the screen showcasing popular or recommended items.


Find apps by choosing the Apps category from the main screen. The next screen lists popular and featured items plus categories you can browse by swiping the screen right to left. The category titles appear toward the top of the screen.

When you have an idea of what you want, such as an app’s name or even what it does, searching works fastest: Touch the Search icon at the top of the Play Store screen. Type all or part of the app’s name or perhaps a description.

To see more information about an item, touch it. Touching something doesn’t buy it but instead displays a more detailed description, screen shots, a video preview, comments, plus links to similar items.


Return to the main Google Play Store screen at any time by touching the Google Play app icon in the upper-left corner of the screen.

  • The first time you enter the Google Play Store, you have to accept the terms of service; touch the Accept button.

  • You can be assured that all apps that appear in the Google Play Store can be used with your tablet. There’s no way to download or buy something that’s incompatible.

  • Pay attention to an app’s ratings. Ratings are added by people who use the apps — people like you and me. Having more stars is better. You can see additional information, including individual user reviews, by selecting the app.

  • Another good indicator of an app’s success is how many times it’s been downloaded. Some apps have been downloaded over ten million times. That’s a good sign.

  • In addition to getting apps, you can download widgets for the Home screen as well as wallpapers for the Galaxy tablet. Just search the Play Store for widget or live wallpaper. Some apps automatically come with their own widgets, such as Facebook and Twitter.