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Ten "hidden" tricks and functions from the Google Play Store | Utilities

Google Play offers Android phone users a number of "secret" features that can help in everyday life, in addition to the app store. On the platform it is possible to test content in advance with the "Early Access" of the Beta version, limit the access of children to the device with parental control and learn about the alternative games of Espaço Indie, for example. Another useful option is the request for reimbursement for cases of improper purchases. To introduce more interesting features from the official Google store, the TechTudo prepared the following list with ten hidden tricks and functions of the tool.

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Google Play Store the official app store for the Android system, but offers other little-known features Photo: Thssius Veloso / TechTudoGoogle Play Store the official app store for the Android system, but offers other little-known features Photo: Thssius Veloso / TechTudo

Google Play Store the official app store for the Android system, but offers other little-known features Photo: Thssius Veloso / TechTudo

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1. Install apps on your phone from your PC

Google Play allows users to browse the application store on their computer and install applications on their smartphone remotely. The feature can be practical when the device is not around, for example. To carry out the simple procedure, just access the website (play.google.com) through the Google Chrome or Firefox browser, for example and log in to the same account used on the phone service, go to the "Apps" section, choose an application and click on the "Install" button to finish. If more than one device is connected to your account, you must select the desired device.

Download apps for Android phone from PC Photo: Reproduo / Isabela CabralDownload apps for Android phone from PC Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral

Download apps for Android phone from PC Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral

2. Movies, music, books and audiobooks available

The Google online store goes beyond apps and games. Not all users know, but the platform also sells films, music, books and audiobooks. In the application, the sections are available in the left menu, accessed through the button with three dashes. Films can also be rented at lower prices. Before buying an eBook or an audiobook, you can read or listen to a free sample. As for the musical section, you can purchase entire albums or single tracks.

Google Play offers apps, games, movies, music, books and audiobooks Photo: Reproduo / Isabela CabralGoogle Play offers apps, games, movies, music, books and audiobooks Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral

Google Play offers apps, games, movies, music, books and audiobooks Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral

The Google Play gift card can be an option to gift a friend. With in-store credits, he can choose the apps, games or content he wants. If you want to give a different souvenir, you can find the vouchers in large physical retail stores, usually near cashiers or at self-service kiosks. The cards contain codes that carry the balance of an account. The values ??vary between R $ 15 and R $ 100 and, to use the coupon, just click on "Redeem" in the side menu of the application.

Gift certificate cards can be redeemed on Google Play Photo: Divulgao / GoogleGift certificate cards can be redeemed on Google Play Photo: Divulgao / Google

Gift certificate cards can be redeemed on Google Play Photo: Divulgao / Google

The Indie Space is a section with modern games from alternative developers, which generally do not have much visibility. In fact, they are a little "hidden" and for that reason, on the Android phone, search for "Indie Corner" in Google search. The first result will direct you to the segment of independent games within the Google Play app. It's worth checking out and discovering the most revolutionary releases, the favorites of the moment and all the news from the indie universe.

Indie space a hidden section of the store with independent games Photo: Reproduo / Isabela CabralIndie space a hidden section of the store with independent games Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral

Indie space a hidden section of the store with independent games Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral

A recent addition to Google Play is the Beta application space. In the "Home page" tab, swipe right in the menu below until you find "Early Access". In this space, apps and games in development are available for free for you to test and leave your opinion. Later, after they are released, many are paid and are successful with the public.

Google store has apps in Beta version, released for testing Photo: Reproduo / Isabela CabralGoogle store has apps in Beta version, released for testing Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral

Google store has apps in Beta version, released for testing Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral

For those who have children or who often lend their cell phone to children, parental control from the Google store can be quite useful. The feature places some limits on the use of the service and prevents, for example, the unwanted purchase of items on the credit card, access to violent games or even the use of dangerous apps for the youngest. If you want to activate it, go to "Settings" and go to "Parental Control". When connecting the option, create a PIN code that will be requested every time a download is performed.

Cell phones used by children can have parental control Photo: Reproduo / Isabela CabralCell phones used by children can have parental control Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral

Cell phones used by children can have parental control Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral

In cases where parental restrictions have not been placed and there has been an undue purchase, the situation can be reversed. To do this, I need to discover the mistake in less than two hours and thus request a refund without any justification. The "Refund" button will be available on the application page in question during that time. The tip is also valid for regrets, after paying for an app that frustrated expectations.

Google refunds undue purchases in up to two hours Photo: Reproduo / Android PitGoogle refunds undue purchases in up to two hours Photo: Reproduo / Android Pit

Google refunds undue purchases in up to two hours Photo: Reproduo / Android Pit

It can be difficult to find the right app for a particular function in the middle of the huge Google Play collection. An effective option is to rely on selections made by store editors, for example. There are a variety of thematic lists with quality apps and games, chosen by experts. Just go to "Editors' choice" on the top menu of the app's home screen and then choose from the options evaluated.

Google Play provides lists with the best apps by theme Photo: Reproduo / Isabela CabralGoogle Play provides lists with the best apps by theme Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral

Google Play provides lists with the best apps by theme Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral

Downloading apps, making subscriptions and buying content can make it difficult to find an acquired resource. The good news is that a history of all this, including free downloads, is available inside the store. To view, access "Account" in the side menu and then "Order history". The list lists all downloaded items and the price on the side.

Access the entire download history of Google Play Photo: Reproduo / Isabela CabralAccess the entire download history of Google Play Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral

Access the entire download history of Google Play Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral

10. Automatic updates

The user can decide their applications will be updated automatically, both on the Wi-Fi network and on 3G / 4G. Be aware of this setting to prevent unnecessary mobile data spending. The function is found in the "Settings" of the application. Go to "Update apps automatically" and choose whether you prefer to always download updates, just over Wi-Fi or manually.

Disabling automatic updates via mobile network saves Internet data Photo: Reproduo / Isabela CabralDisabling automatic updates via mobile network saves Internet data Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral

Disabling automatic updates via mobile network saves Internet data Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral

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