How to Buy Apps for Your Galaxy Tab from the Market - dummies

How to Buy Apps for Your Galaxy Tab from the Market

By Dan Gookin

Some great free apps are available, but many of the apps you dearly want for your Samsung Galaxy Tab probably cost money. It’s not a lot of money, especially compared with the price of computer software. In fact, it seems odd to sit and stew over whether paying 99 cents for a game is “worth it.”

You may want to download a free app before you try to buy one, just to familiarize yourself with the process.

When you’re ready to pay for an app, follow these steps:

  1. Activate the Galaxy Tab’s Wi-Fi connection.

  2. Open the Market app.

  3. Browse or search for the app you want and then choose the app to display its description.

    Review the app’s price.

  4. Touch the Buy button.

    That app’s price is listed above the button.

    The next window, titled Purchase & Allow Access, displays the services the app uses, such as Storage to keep high scores or other data, Networking Communication to access the Internet, and so on.

  5. Choose your credit card.

    The credit card information is at the top of the Purchase & Allow Access window, on the right. The card must be on file with Google Checkout. If you don’t yet have a card on file, choose the option Add Payment Method. Choose Add Card and then fill in the fields on the Credit Card screen to add your payment method to Google Checkout.

  6. Touch the OK button.

    Your payment method is authorized, and the app is downloaded and installed.

The app can be accessed from the Apps Menu, just like all other apps available on your Galaxy Tab. Or if you’re still at the app’s screen in the Market, touch the Open button.

Eventually, you receive an e-mail message from the Android Market, confirming your purchase. The message contains a link you can click to review the refund policy should you change your mind on the purchase.

Be quick on that refund: Some apps allow you only 15 minutes to get your money back. Otherwise, the standard refund period is 24 hours. You know when the time is up because the Refund button changes its name to Uninstall.

Any apps you’ve already purchased in the Android Market — say for an Android phone or other mobile device — are available for download on your Galaxy Tab at no charge. Simply find the app and touch the Install button.

You can review any already-purchased apps in the Market: Choose My Apps from the top of the screen. At the bottom of the list of apps, under the heading Not Installed, you find any apps you’ve already purchased at the Market.