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5 Google Play tips and tricks every Android user needs to know

The Google Play Store is a big benefit for owning an Android device. It gives you a wide variety of apps to choose from. To get the most out of your shopping experience, we've gathered some Google Play Store tips and tricks to help you test drive apps, save money and more. Check them out below.

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Get the most out of the Google Play Store. / © ANDROIDPIT

1. Install an app that isn't available in your country

If you're really keen to get an app that's not available in your country then you can still get your hands on it by using a VPN. 'VPN' means 'virtual private network'. It gives you a secure internet connection via private networks in locations outside of your current one.

Basically, a VPN service can make it look like you're accessing the internet from a different location. It's important that you choose a credible VPN. We regularly feature VPN deals in our AndroidPIT Store if you're looking for a good one at a low price.

Once you've downloaded a VPN, select the country whose Play Store you want to access in the VPN app, get the VPN up and running, then open the Play Store app. It should land on the Play Store homepage of the country you selected. Now you can get the app you desire.

Invest in a VPN and access apps outside of your location. / © ANDROIDPIT

2. Manage your apps in the Play Store

The Google Play store has an area called 'My apps & games'. From here you can look at which apps you've downloaded, which were pre-loaded and the apps that you need to update. This is an excellent place to manage your apps within the Play Store and getting to it is easy.

Open up the Google Play Store on your Android device. Open the menu (the three horizontal lines at the top left of your screen). Under the Apps & Games section you'll see the My apps and & games link, tap this. Now you should see a list of your installed apps.

From here you can hit the button Update All in the top right hand corner of your screen. You can monitor what you've downloaded and manage these apps. If you go into the All section you can see which apps were on your device and what could be removed.

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Manage your apps from the menu. / © AndroidPIT

3. Put a parental lock on Google Play

If you don't want your child or dependent downloading inappropriate apps on the Play Store you can set up parental controls to prevent your Android device from being misused. This could include games with copious amounts of violence or gore. Apps that could put them in danger like dating apps or chats that give out their location. 

It's easy to put a parental lock on the Google Play Store. First, open the Play Store and tap the menu icon. Go into the Settings and tap Parental controls and hit the slider so it says 'On'. From there you will be asked to create a parental lock PIN code. Create one and then go through the list of things you can download on the Play Store and tap the ones you want to set restrictions for.

Once the restrictions are set, your child or dependent will need to enter your PIN code each time they try to download something that triggers the restriction. As they get older and are able to handle more content you can go back in and change their privileges.

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You can set parental locks and restrictions in the Google Play Store app. / © AndroidPIT

4. Get refunds on the Google Play Store

You can get refunds for Play Store purchases with a single tap; so long as you do it within two hours of buying the app. This should be plenty of time to find out if that new weather app actually works, or whether that game is as fun as the garish pictures made it out to be.

Once you've purchased an app, on its Play Store page you'll see options to Install or Open. In addition, a Refund option should appear to the left of it. Tap the refund button within two hours of your purchase to get your money back, no questions asked.

If you notice that a child or dependent made this purchase without permission you can always change their privileges. Just head into the Play Store, tap the menu icon and hit Settings. Toggle Require authentication for purchases then choose For all purchases through Google Play on this device.

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Google has made it easy for you to get refunds on purchases you made in the last two hours. / © AndroidPIT

5. Check out the 'Indie Corner'

Both big and small developers are important for a vibrant Android app ecosystem. The big developers are not struggling, it's the small developers who have difficulties. Part of the problem is that it can be tricky to find independent apps. But now there is the Indie Corner in the Google Play Store.

Indie Corner can't be found from within the Play Store itself. Instead, open a web-browser on your Android device and search for 'Indie Corner'. The first result should be 'Discover Indie Corner' from Google Play. Head in and you should see the list which is refreshed with new apps every month or so.

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Check out the Indie Corner for some apps from small developers. / © AndroidPIT

What are some of your favorite Play Store tips and tricks? Share your thoughts in the comments section. 


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  • My googel play store keeps saying.... Googel play store has stopped working. Can someone please help me with this!

  • This is all lovely information but still don't see an answer for why play store won't load

  • My Google play games app is disabled please help me enable happened during rooting now I unrooted again and play games is still disabled.

  • Ahm AD 3 months ago Link to comment


  • My phone is telling me that have enough space to download apps. I have 7GB available on an SB card. Please help. I need to download WhatsApp and Amazon Kindle.

  • I didn't know about the first one...
    I'm not even mad, this is amazing. Great article!

  • My LG tribute has a last updated date of 12/31/69. This happened after I did a factory reset. Can anyone help?

  • bob 4 months ago Link to comment

    Does anyone know of an app or process to "lock" icons into position? I get my screens laid out the way I want and soon or later they have get moved or slide around as I pull my phone in or out of my pocket, or flick the screen too hard.

  • the VPN tip did not work for me.

  • Good stuff!

  • I have a question somewhat relevant to the topic, but to anyone who have Nova Prime Launcher: If you had the free version first and then purchase prime, will all your settings still be saved?

  • I didn't know about the "indie corner " section of Google Play Store and now that I do, I will probably be checking it out. I think it's nice that there's a place for little known apps to be discovered, but it's pretty messed up that Google Play doesn't have a section for them to be seen within the app itself.

  • While I deal with updates to currently installed apps on each device, I much prefer browsing and comparing new apps on the desktop big screen using the browser version of the Play Store. Google has gradually diminished the functionality of the web site over time, forcing users to the device Play Store app. I wish it were back to where it was a couple of years ago.

  • good info

  • Good info about that Indie Corner!

  • Why is it that my play store doesn't work,everytym the ask for Google account,if l put my account they say its not avalieble.Goole play store is not supported. So l want a play store active.

  • mya byrnes 10 months ago Link to comment

    With my phone I can to on the app store but I search something and in the middle of the app name it goes to the home screen

  • woohoo I live in south Africa and I can't get hulu. now thanks to this article I know that I can. thanks!:)

  • How can I take print screen-shot from my Android device?

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