Google Play store is one of the basic applications on your Android phone. If you know its capabilities, you will need to know how to install games and applications, how to find and run them, and how to get rid of them from your phone. So this time it’s about how to have control over what you’re installing.

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How do I install games and applications?

Google Play is the biggest and the best (but not the only) platform where you can find games and more or less useful programs. Everything you need to make your time spent standing in line at the post office more enjoyable, to beautify the look of your Android and sometimes to make it more difficult for you to do simple things. Full service.

You probably already know that in order to play something cool, you need to find the game or choose one of those suggested by Google, tap on its picture and then click on the “Install” button. After a few moments, the app will be downloaded and installed, and you can play it by clicking on the “Open” button, which is now in place of the previous one.

Did you enjoy the game? Already know how to install games? That’s great. However, it turns out that many people don’t know how to restart the game the next day. Something obvious to most users is frustration and a nuisance for those less familiar with the world of new technology. So now you will learn what this installation is all about, how to run games and programs and how to get rid of them. You are welcome.

Do you use a computer? Probably yes. Your computer desktop will be a great example to show you some things. Why? Because you probably have at least a few game or program shortcuts on it. These are icons, pictures that you have to double-click to get the program or game running. The icon on the desktop itself appeared deliberately: most applications are installed somewhere on the computer’s hard drive, but the shortcut to itself, that is, this icon, lives on the desktop. You don’t have to look for anything, because you have it at hand.

The program or game you download from Google shop behaves the same way: the shortcut to run it appears on the so-called list of applications and usually also on the home screen, i.e. the desktop of your phone (or one of its desktops: the default or the first one on which there is free space). This way you can always start it by clicking on the newly created icon once, whether it’s in a week or after you restart your phone.

How else can I install games?

Among others, owners of Samsung or Huawei smartphones have an additional opportunity. You will almost certainly find a shop with applications from the manufacturer among your applications. Do you have Samsung? Then you probably saw (and maybe used) the Galaxy Store. On the other hand, if you own Huawei, you can search for games and applications in the AppStore store.

How does this differ from the store offered by Google? Certainly with the number of available programs. The Google Play Store is bigger. Can you find anything in a dedicated store that Google wouldn’t have? Perhaps. It’s possible that the manufacturer has decided to share some apps only in their own country, or has given them different filters, so you can install a game that is unavailable to you in Google Play, depending on the region you are in.

Since I have never found anything in a dedicated store that might interest me, lower my expenses or otherwise encourage me to use it, I do not use these solutions. However, it is still an alternative, if you are looking for new opportunities.

To use another possibility will be useful even a basic ability to use the file explorer on your phone. Because you probably guess that a nice game you can download from an illegal source, install and see what happens, but we disgust ourselves with piracy. It is much better to use the APK Mirror service. It’s a very trusted site where you can download and install (legally!) many different applications, including their older versions (which you’ll admit is sometimes very useful).

However, the way you use this site differs. You can download the application file to your computer’s hard disk or to the memory of your mobile device, but until you install it, there will be no benefit from it. That is why you will need a tool to browse files and folders on your phone (often called Files). The downloaded application is waiting for you in the Download folder. Once you find it and tap on it, the installation process will start.

If you do this for the first time, you will be informed about the risks associated with installing anything that does not come from Google Play. Luckily, you’ll also get a tip on how to bypass this blockade. What will you do? It’s your decision. Of course, I install applications from any source. I’ve recently found the older version of the ACR application very useful, because the latest one basically loses half of its functionality due to changes in Google policy.

How to find new games to play on your phone?

The list of applications is helpful. It is a “place” where there are shortcuts to all installed applications and those that are here thanks to you, as well as those that are imposed by the manufacturer and can not be removed by the usual methods.

You can get to this list by tapping on a dedicated shortcut, which often looks like four or six dots, and sometimes is called by a gesture, such as a single finger movement from the bottom edge of the screen to the top. Both the appearance of the shortcut to the list of applications and the way you can get to it depends on the brand of your phone and the possible “overlay” on the Android system. Maybe you didn’t know, but Android looks different on Huawei smartphones, different in Samsung, and different in LG, although there are exceptions. For example, such a list of applications can be the desktop itself, without a dedicated space.

So you already know how to run your favourite game and you already know how to find it on your device. Removing a game you’re bored with is just as easy. Holding your finger on an app’s icon usually gives you an action to uninstall the game or go to settings where possible. When you do this, this option should appear at the top of the screen, at the bottom, or right next to the icon. Sometimes it’s “Uninstall”, sometimes it’s “Remove”, sometimes it’s a trash can icon or a cross. Now drag the icon of the game or application to the mentioned text or the junk bucket – you should see a message asking if you are sure you want to uninstall the game. If so, click the confirmation button, wait a moment and it’s over. The program has been removed.

Important: If the icon simply disappeared, but the question was not answered above, it means that you have removed only the game shortcut, not the game itself. It’s still out there somewhere, still takes up space on your device and may still be using your data packet. If so, look elsewhere: if you removed it from the home screen, look for it now in the list of applications and repeat the operation there. If this happened while you were deleting an application from the list, try this time from the home screen. Did it work? This means that you have definitively got rid of it, and you can make sure by using a dedicated section in the system settings (usually under the category: Applications).

A smartphone plays the role of a phone, but also – or maybe most importantly – of a computer. You already know how to serve yourself some entertainment or make your time more enjoyable with applications developing your knowledge. You also know how to run them and how to remove them. I recommend you to get rid of unnecessary games or programs, because thanks to that you will take care of both the place in the memory of the device, order among the icons and relieve the burden of your hardware (sometimes the applications work in the background, you do not see it, but still slow down the operation of the phone). Have fun.

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