Install or purchase apps & digital content

You can install apps, games, and digital content from the Play Store when you have an Internet or mobile data connection. Some content is free and some can be purchased.

Depending on the type of content you bought or installed, it will appear in the Google Play Books, Google Play Games, Google Play Newsstand, Google Play Movies & TV, or Google Play Music app.

Install or purchase

  1. If you haven't already, add a Google account on your device.
  2. Go to Google Play or open the Google Play Store app Play Store.
  3. Select an item.
  4. Touch Install (for free items) or the item's price.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions. For paid items, you can select or edit your payment method with the down arrow Down. If it's your first time making a purchase, your payment method will be added to your Google account.

Content can't be transferred between accounts

It is not possible to transfer content between accounts on Google Play, even if you own both accounts. If you have multiple accounts on your device, make sure you’re signed in to the account you want to use before you complete your purchase. 

If you’ve bought an app on the wrong account contact the app developer. They may be able to refund your purchase so you can buy it again on the account you wanted to use.

Content and language availability

  • Apps are designed for use with supported Android devices and can't be used on your computer.
  • Some content may not be available on all devices.
  • If you're buying or downloading games on Android TV, some games require a gamepad. They’ll be listed under "Gamepad" in the Play Store app.
  • You can change what language is displayed when you visit Google Play on your computer by changing your Google Accounts settings.

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