Reinstall & re-enable apps

When you turn on App sync, apps that you install on your phone or tablet are automatically installed on other devices that are signed in with your Google Account. You can sync apps to other devices like your tablet, watch, Chromebook, or TV. If you use Android Auto, you can also sync apps to your car.

You can use apps 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. You can also reinstall an app you bought but deleted.

Also, 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.

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 Installed 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

  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.

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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