How to restore apps and games to your Android device

Switching to a new Android device can be stressful. Your old device is full of apps and games that you would like to bring with you. We’ll show you how to use the running list of previously installed apps on the Google Play Store to restore anything that was missed in the process.

During the process of setting up your new phone, you will be asked if you want to install apps and games from your old device (synced from your Google account). This usually works pretty well when switching to a new device from the same manufacturer as your old one. However, it’s not perfect.

What is the Google Play Store?

Fortunately, the Google Play Store saves everything you’ve ever installed. You can easily see a list of the apps and games associated with your Google Account, including your previous purchases, which can also be restored. We show you how it works.

First, open the Google Play Store on your Android smartphone or tablet. It’s on your home screen or in the app drawer.

Next, tap your profile icon on the right side of the search bar.

Select your profile photo in the search bar.

Select “My Apps & Games” from the menu.


You will be directed to the Updates tab on the My Apps & Games page. Switch to the “Library” tab.

Select the Library tab.

The Library tab shows all of the apps and games that you downloaded from the Play Store that are not currently on your device. You can sort the list by “Recent” or “Alphabetically”.

Sort the list of apps.

This list is pretty interesting to scroll through, especially if you’ve been a long time Android user. To restore an app, simply tap the “Install” button next to it.

Tap the Install button.

Apps and games that are incompatible with your device do not have an “Install” button.

Apps that are incompatible.

If there are apps or games that you no longer want to link to your account, tap the “X” to remove them from your library.

Remove an app from your library.

That’s all there is to it. Your Google Play apps and games are always available on the Library tab.

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