Use Android apps on Android

Only apps that are compatible with your particular Android device will appear when searching or browsing the Google Play Store app. Developers have the ability to target applications to specific mobile devices based on screen size, mobile service provider, location, and a number of other factors.


Note that for any download attempts from Google Play on the web, you must have strong connectivity on your phone or tablet at the time you push the download from - connecting your device to the computer via USB cable is not sufficient. It’s not possible to download the app first to your computer and then transfer the app later to your phone or tablet.

To download Android apps:

  1. Navigate to an app you want to install and touch to select it - the details screen will appear, and you can read more about the app, its features and the developer.
  2. If you want to install the app, touch the button displaying the price or, if the app is free, touch the Download button. At this time, you may be asked to sign in to your Google Wallet account if it’s your first time making a purchase on Google Play.
  3. If the app is paid, use the drop-down menu to select a payment method or add a new card.
  4. Press Accept & buy to accept the permissions for the app and complete your purchase. If you’ve enabled a PIN code for purchases, you’ll be asked to enter it at this time.


Apps you download from Google Play can be easily uninstalled from your phone or tablet, and if the app was purchased, you can always re-install at a later date.

Uninstalling an app you downloaded

If you’ve installed an app on your phone or tablet using Google Play that you no longer want, you can uninstall it by following these steps:

  1. Navigate to Menu > Settings > Applications > Manage applications (on devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Settings > Apps).
  2. Scroll through the list of apps to find the one you’d like to uninstall.
  3. Touch the app you’d like to uninstall.
  4. Touch Uninstall.

Note: if you don’t see the Uninstall button, or if you only see the option to Uninstall updates, then the app in question cannot be removed from your device. The app is likely a system app that cannot be uninstalled.