The old Android Market, or what is now known as Google Play Store was launched in March of 2012. (Can you believe it’s only been five years?) And already it’s completely transformed the world of mobile apps and content. These days, practically every brand of smartphone and tablet comes with Play Store, and it just keeps getting bigger and better with each new update.
In this post, we’ve got a brief introductory guide to using Google Play Store for tablet (Android tablets, of course), plus tips for what to do if your tablet didn’t come with Play Store for some reason.
What is Play Store for tablet?
Google Play Store is a big media store that provides books, TV shows, magazines, and books in addition to all kinds of specialized apps, different kinds of games and much more. It provides free of charge applications worldwide. However, Google play store offers some premium paid applications too.
Google Play Store is not just apps. Google Play Store also lets you manage your tablet or other mobile device. There are some cool Play Store for tablet tips that can help you enjoy your device even more:
- Auto-Updating (Disable/Enable):
This feature can be annoying or convenient, depending on your personality. However, Google Play Store lets you enable or disable auto-updates on your tablet according to your needs.
You can set the apps on your tablet to auto update when the device is connected to a Wi-Fi network or set the auto updates at any time even using your cellular data.
- Add favorite apps to your Wishlist:
Play Store provides its Wishlist feature to allow you to keep track of Android apps that you might use or purchase one day. You can even put your favorite movies that you would like to see.
- Set password to restrict app purchases:
If someone else uses your device, then a password helps you to secure app purchases that would be charged to your account.
- See and manage your Android device collection:
You may manage multiple devices from one account, so you can control all your collection from one place – tablets, smartphones, everything.
- Stop adding apps to your tablet home screen by default:
This is a new feature if you don’t want to add new icons on your device screen whenever you install a new app.
- Install an app from your desktop:
You can add an app from your desktop by opening Play Store on your tablet, then selecting the app you’d like to add. Then, you would click on the install button, choose the device, and click the install button.
Other options in Play Store for tablet
- You can request a refund. If a purchased app disappointed you, you can request a refund from the developer of the app.
- You can hide your Android device from appearing in the menu.
- You can remotely access your tablet in case it is stolen. This way, you can lock or even erase all data on your device.
- You can choose app searches optimized for tablets by opening the Play Store app, choose Apps at the top, choose one of the top categories, such as Top Free and choose “Designed for Tablets”.
- You can update all your applications at the same time. Sometimes your tablet gets overloaded and you forget to update it. When this happens, you can update all your apps at the same time.
- You can check app recommendations of your friends. This feature gives you the ability to see application recommendations relying on what your friends are using. You can see your friend recommendations in Play Store’s “hamburger” menu drawer.
- You can purchase apps by using fingerprint authentication. You can use this feature if you have an Android tablet with a fingerprint scanner. This is a more convenient way than typing your Google account password.
How to download and install Play Store for Tablet?
If you have a brand new Android tablet, it usually will have Play Store pre-installed. But sometimes, some tablets lose their pre-installed apps, including Play Store, for a number of reasons. If the tablet was brand new, not having Play Store and the other core apps means that it’s a clone device. But if it is a second-hand device, it is surely rooted. But there’s no need to worry, because getting Play Store for tablet is pretty easy to do.
You can download the app directly from your tablet browser on our site by going to this article and finding the download link. Just tap the link and the Play Store for tablet APK file will be downloaded. If you’re using a PC, click the download link and download the APK file to your PC, then transfer it via USB cable or Bluetooth connection.
After the download/transfer is complete, locate the Play Store APK file on your tablet using a file manager app. Tap to install and you’re done! You’ll find it among your apps and can enjoy it just as if it had always been there.
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