Reinstall & re-enable apps

You can use apps that you bought on Google Play on any Android device without the need to pay again. Each device must be signed in to the same Google Account. Learn how to sync apps across devices.

If you turn off an app that comes with your device, you can turn it back on. Learn how to manage unused apps on Android.

You can also reinstall an app that you bought but deleted.

Reinstall apps or turn apps back on

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open Google Play Store Google Play.
  2. On the right, tap the profile icon.
  3. Tap Manage apps & device and then Manage.
  4. Select the apps you want to install or turn on.
    • If you can't find the app, at the top, tap This device and then Not installed.
  5. Tap Install or Enable.

Troubleshooting steps

If you can't reinstall apps, try the steps below.

Uninstall & reinstall Google Play Store updates

To uninstall Play Store app updates:

  1. On your device's home or app screen, find the Google Play Store app.
  2. Touch and hold the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  3. Tap App info.
  4. At the top right tap More and then Uninstall updates.
  5. Review the info and tap OK.

To reinstall Play Store app updates:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. At the top right, tap the profile picture.
  3. Tap Settings and then About.
  4. Under “Play Store version,” tap Update Play Store.

Clear the cache & data of the Google Play Store


  • Clearing cache from Google Play Store is the most common solution to issues when you download apps from Google Play Store.
  • When you clear the cache and data, it may delete some settings on the Google Play Store app like parental controls and password protection. It will ask you to reagree to the Terms of Service the next time you open the Google Play Store.

  1. Find the Google Play Store app on your device's home or app screen.
  2. Touch and hold the Google Play Store app.
  3. Tap App Info .
  4. Tap Storage & cache and then Clear Cache.
  5. Tap Clear storage and then Delete.

Re-enable password protection and parental controls.

Find previously purchased or downloaded apps

If you can’t find an app or are asked to buy it again, make sure you're using the same Google account you bought it with.

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