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Eight Google Play Store Tips Every Android User Should Know

Every owner of an Android device often uses the Google Play store, but there are many little-known tips that can optimize the user experience. That's why we've put together the untold tips and tricks from the Google app store.

Note: Some tips are for the Google Play Store app, and some for your version of the internet. Under each heading the version will be specified.

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How to install an app not available in your country

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Many people who do not live in their home country are aware of this problem: Some applications are not available in certain regions. Another problem, for example, occurs when we forget to download a map, GPS app, or simply take a trip to a country where use of the Google Play Store is limited. There is a fairly simple tip for installing an app from anywhere. Check out the tutorial below:

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TunnelBear one of the simplest and cutest VPN services / AndroidPIT (image caption)

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Another tip for having an app not available in your country is by installing a VPN app such as Hideninja, Shellfire or TunnelBear VPN. They will hide your real IP address and provide you with another IP from the desired country.

Just choose the country whose Play Store you want to access in the VPN app, enable VPN, and open the Play Store. That way you will go directly to the Play Store home page for the selected country.




TunnelBear VPN
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Free VPN Proxy by Supernet
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Administer Google Play Store devices

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This tip is particularly useful if you have sold your device, changed your phone, or simply when you have your account associated with many devices. For better browsing, you can turn off viewing of certain smartphones and tablets, or simply change their names. This helps when installing an app, as only the chosen ones will appear in the menu. You will find more details in the article below:

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Editing Device List on the Google Play Store / AndroidPIT (image caption)

Android device manager

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Google launched the Android device manager some time ago. It allows you to find and lock your device in case it is stolen or lost. To do this, just go to Google Play. free and must be activated before you can start using the device. If you haven't enabled it yet, check out the following tutorial:

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Activate Android Device Manager / AndroidPIT (image caption)

Parental Controls on Google Play

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Although Google has banned a number of adult content apps from your Play Store, occasionally some apps will filter, even temporarily. If you want to control which apps your kids can see, just go to "Settings" from the Play Store app, and then "Parental Controls." Adjust the filter to your needs. In the same place, you can set a password for purchases made from a particular device.

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Restricting view by age of apps (image caption)

Get a refund of a paid app

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Did you know that the Google Play Store can refund you for paid apps you don't want? The only detail will be quick, as you can only request the money back within 2 hours of purchasing the app. This allows you to test expensive applications for free, but before you do so, read the following article in which the process is explained in detail:

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Getting refunded for paid apps in Play Store / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Set up authentication to confirm purchases

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If other people, especially children, have access to your device, make sure they can't make in-app purchases or in-game purchases without your permission. A cool tip for this is to set up authentication for purchases:

In the Play Store app select the menu icon and then go to "Settings" and then "Authentication needed to make purchases". Select "For all purchases on Google Play on this device." I need to do this on every device that is linked to your account.

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Setting Up Store Authentication for Play Store / AndroidPIT (image caption)

Turn off Google Play Store update notifications

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This is a tip for those who, like me, bother with Play Store update notifications. But thanks to the good old Google it is possible to disable this function. Just open the Play Store and click on "Settings" and then "Notifications", then ticking the upgrade options.

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You can disable Play Store / AndroidPIT notifications (image caption)

But remember, if you turn off this feature and don't have the auto-update feature enabled, you won't know when updates arrive on your device.

Troubleshoot Google Play Store Errors

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It doesn't always happen, but sometimes the Google Play Store has somewhat weird issues (or at least they look weird, with unclear error codes). We have several useful tips for the most common Play Store errors:

And you know more tips about the Play Store? Share with us through the comments!

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