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How to remove my device from Google Play

Authored by: Kris Carlon — Oct 29, 2013

Sure it's a nice walk down memory lane, but over time the Google Play Store can accumulate many stumbling blocks when it comes to your device list. Sure, maybe you owned that smartphone or tablet once upon a time but relegated it long ago to the trash bin or your little sister. Or maybe you just borrowed a device off a friend and installed a few apps and now that appears on your list too. Either way, you may have a whole bunch of mystery devices listed next your name in the Play Store that you'd prefer weren't there. With a few easy steps, we'll show you how you can wipe that record clean and only keep the devices you actually use on your Play Store device list.

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How to remove your device from Google Play. / © AndroidPIT

Old Android devices can unfortunately not be completely removed from the Play Store archive, but it is a relatively simple task to hide them so they no longer appear on your device list. This makes it much easier to navigate your device list, especially if you're guilty of owning dozens of Android gadgets over the last five years. It works like this:

Open the Google Play Store in your web browser and click the small ''gear'' icon in the top right of the screen and click the sub menu called ''Settings''.

Uncheck boxes to hide devices and click Edit to change device names. / © AndroidPIT/Google

Your screen will now display the "My Devices" list where you can now make your desired changes. Under "Visibility" you can select whether the particular device should appear in menus or not. A click on the ''Edit'' button allows you to assign a catchy nickname for your gadgets. In the Play Store by default you'll often see your gadgets listed rather unexcitingly as "Unknown Device" or just by model number. By assigning a nickname you can see at a glance which smartphone/tablet it is.

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Renamed device list and visibility settings (left) and nicknames in action. / © AndroidPIT/Google

When you're done with the awarding of nicknames, you just have to click the "Update" button to apply the changes.

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The changes you make are universal, from app compatibility to ADM. / © AndroidPIT/Google

And that's it, you're done! It's that simple to clean up and reorganize your device overview and you should be able to find the right smartphone or tablet much faster and easier than before.  

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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