How to download apps on Android

How to download apps on Android
How to download apps on Android

Applications allow you to get the most out of the functionality of your phone or tablet. To be able to use them, you must first install them from the Google Play Store of your Android device.


Download Apps on Android Step 1

Step 1. Tap the Applications icon

You'll find it at the bottom of your Home screen, usually as several dots or small squares inside a circle.

Download Apps on Android Step 2

Step 2. Scroll down to the Play Store app

The icon for this app looks like a multicolored triangle on a white towel.

If this is your first time opening the Play Store, you will need to enter your Google account information and payment details first. Follow the on-screen instructions when prompted

Download Apps on Android Step 3

Step 3. Type the name of an application

In the search box at the top of the screen, type the name of an app or a keyword.

  • For example, you can type wikihow to search for wikiHow app or photos to view different photo apps.
  • If you just want to explore the available apps, skip this step. Instead, scroll down and review the Categories, Ratings, and Recommendations sections.
Download Apps on Android Step 4

Step 4. Press the search key

This is the magnifying glass key at the bottom right of the keyboard.

Download Apps on Android Step 5

Step 5. Select an application from the search results

You will be taken to the details page, from where you can read the app description, review user reviews, and view screenshots.

Many apps have similar names, so your search may return more than one result. Apps in search results appear on their own “tiles,” each showing the app icon, developer, rating, and price

Download Apps on Android Step 6

Step 6. Choose INSTALL

It's the green button just below the app name. If the application is not free, the green button will indicate its price and not INSTALL (for example “2.49 euros”).

If you're downloading a paid app, you'll probably need to confirm your Google account password

Download Apps on Android Step 7

Step 7. Press OPEN

At the end of the installation, the INSTALL button (or the one showing the price) will become an OPEN button. Tap on it to launch the app you just downloaded.

To open the new app in the future, tap the apps icon on your home screen and then tap the icon of the app you want to use


  • Try to read some reviews before installing an app. You will learn a lot of useful things like whether the app is full of ads or not, whether it is inappropriate for children, etc.
  • The Play Store will improve your app recommendations as you download them. To see your recommendations, open the Play Store and scroll down to the Recommended for you section.

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