The Google Play Store is often the main reason that people choose Android, as they get to enjoy the cornucopia of apps on offer there. To get the most out of your shopping experience, we've gathered some Google Play Store tips and tricks to help you test drive apps, save money and more. Check them out below.
If you're really keen to get an app that's not available in your country (or spotted it for cheaper in another country's Play Store, you sly old dog), then you can still get your hands on it.
Install a VPN app, like Hideninja, Shellfire or Tunnelbear VPN, which will mask your IP address and give you remote IP address in a country of your choice.
Next, select the country whose Play Store you want to access in the VPN app, get the VPN up and running, then open the Play Store app. It should land on the Play Store homepage of the country you selected.
2. Manage your devices in the Play Store
The Play Store remembers every single device that you've logged into your account from, and it doesn't forget those devices easily either.
To manage your Play Store devices, go to Google Play Settings in a browser, and a list of all the devices connected with that account will appear.
Here you can give your devices nicknames by tapping 'Edit' or hide them from your menus by un-ticking the 'Show in menus' box.
3. Put a parental lock on Google Play
If you don't want your child downloading x-rated content on the Play Store (Google's banned it, but it still appears sometimes), you can set up parental controls to prevent your Android device from being misused:
In the Play Store app, tap the Menu icon, then Settings > Parental controls and tap the slider so it says 'On'.
Create a parental lock PIN code, then go through the list of things you can download on the Play Store and tap the ones you want to set restrictions for.
Once the restrictions are set, you'll need to enter your PIN code each time you try to download something that triggers the restriction.
4. Get refunds on the Google Play Store
As of last year, you can get refunds for Play Store purchases with a single tap, so long as you do it within two hours of buying the app. This should be plenty of time to find out if that Sat Nav app actually works, or whether that game is as fun as the garish pictures made it out to be.
Once you've purchased an app, on its Play Store page you'll see options to 'Install' or 'Open' it. In addition, a 'Refund' option will have now appeared next to it. Tap the refund button within two hours of your purchase to get your money back, no questions asked.
5. Manage authentication for Play Store purchases
If you have other people - particularly pesky kids - using your device, then you want to rest assured knowing that they're not racking up a huge Play Store bill made up of in-app purchases for Candy Crush or whatever other games kids play these days. Here's how to manage the level of authentication required for Play Store purchases:
In the Play Store app, tap the menu icon, Settings > Require authentication for purchases then choose 'For all purchases through Google Play on this device'. Bear in mind you'll need to do this separately on each Android device you own.
What are some of your favorite Google Play Store tips and tricks? Share your thoughts in the comments section.