If you're a person who often changes mobile phones, you know the pain of reinstalling your collection of favourite apps. You have to go to the Play Store, search for an app you want to install, tap a button, and wait for it to download. You most likely have to repeat this troublesome procedure many times before your device is ready to use. Of course, there are third-party apps that can do this for you, but they're far from perfect.
But did you know that the Play Store app comes with a feature that allows you to batch install apps? It's hidden and not obvious at all, but with our simple guide, you will discover and master it in no time. Ready?
Note: Before you proceed, make sure that the Play Store version installed on your device is 4.6.16 or later.
1. Open the Play Store application.
2. Slide out the drawer from the left side of the screen and choose "My apps".
3. You will see a list of apps that are installed on your device. Tap the "All" tab located above the list or scroll to the left.
4. Another list will appear, but this time it will contain all applications you've ever downloaded using your Google account. Tap and hold your finger on the first app you want to install on your device. It will turn blue and a small green button will show up at the top-right corner of the screen. Select other items (they will be highlighted in blue) and press the "Install" button.
5. After you're done checking the permission screen, your apps will start downloading and installing automatically. Be extra careful at this point. Some applications are updated with new features that require access to system's core functions. If you're not comfortable with it, you can skip a suspicious app and proceed to the next one.
That's it! We're glad to see Google implement such a handy feature directly into the Play Store app. At the moment it only allows you to mass install apps, but in the future we might be able to remove them as well.
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