How do I get apps from Google Play on and off of my phone?

The best part about using a smartphone is finding and using apps; a phone is just a phone without them.

With millions of apps to choose from on the Google Play Store, you'll want to install and keep the best and uninstall the rest. Fortunately, it's super easy to install and uninstall apps on Android devices.

Whether you're on your computer looking for the best games for Android or in your phone's Google Play Store app looking for the latest trending apps, we'll break it all down for you.

How to install apps from the Google Play Store

There are two ways to download apps to your phone from the Google Play Store: from the Google Play Store app on your phone, or from the Google Play Store site on your computer.

How to install apps from the Google Play Store on your phone

  1. Launch the Google Play Store from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Search or browse to find an app you wish to download.
  3. Tap on the app you want to download.

    Launch the Google Play Store app, search or browse for an app to install, then tap the app you want to install

  4. Tap Install.
  5. Tap Accept after you review the information provided. If it's a paid app, you will also have to confirm your payment information.

    Tap Install, review the app information and tap Accept. The app will begin to download and install.

How to install apps from the Google Play Store from your web browser

If you're browsing around the Internet on your computer and find a super cool app, you can wirelessly download it to your phone without having to touch your phone. Pretty convenient. You just need to be logged in the Google account linked to your Android phone.

  1. Go to the Google Play Store in your favorite web browser.
  2. Click on an app you wish to download to your phone.
  3. Click Install.

    Launch your preferred web browser and go to the Google Play Store, clock on an app you wish to download to your phone, and click Install.

  4. Click the dropdown menu if you have more than one phone linked to your Google account, and select the device you wish .
  5. Click Install to start the download and installation process.

    Click the dropdown menu if you have more than one phone linked to your Google account and make sure the right device is selected, then click Install to start the download and installation process.

  6. Look at your phone, and you'll see the download and installation has started in the Google Play Store.
  7. Once the game has been installed, you can launch it as you do.

    Switch your focus to your phone, and you'll see the app is now downloading from the Google Play Store app.

How to uninstall apps from the Google Play Store

The way you uninstall games from your Android phone might differ slightly based on the make of phone you own. On the Samsung Galaxy S7, for example, you're unable to uninstall an app from the home screen as you can with the Nexus 6P.

So instead of focusing on those shortcuts which may or may not be available on the phone you're rocking, we'll walk you through the main processes for removing an app from your phone.

How to uninstall apps from the Google Play Store app

  1. Launch the Google Play Store app from your home screen or app drawer
  2. Tap the search bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Type in the name of the app you wish to uninstall.

    Launch the Google Play Store app from your home screen or app drawer, tap the search bar a t the top of the screen, then type in the name of the app you want to uninstall.

  4. Tap on the installed app. It will say "Installed" in the bottom-right where the price is usually.
  5. Tap Uninstall.
  6. Tap OK to confirm the uninstallation.

    Tap on the installed app, it will say installed in the bottom right where the price is usually. Tap Uninstall, then tap OK to confirm uninstallation.

The app will be uninstalled and removed from your home screen and/or app drawer.

How to uninstall apps from the app drawer

Going through the Google Play Store to uninstall apps certainly works, but it isn't the most convenient way to do it. Let's go through a quicker way to uninstall apps straight from the app drawer.

  1. Tap the app drawer icon from the home screen.
  2. Tap the app you want to uninstall. In this case, we'll uninstall Vlogger Go Viral.
  3. Tap and hold the app icon you want to uninstall.

    Tap to open your app drawer from the home screen. It will look slightly different depending on what phone you're using. Swipe through your apps and find the one you want to uninstall, then tap and hold the app icon

  4. Continue to hold and drag the app to the top of the screen to the Uninstall button until it's highlighted, then release.
  5. Tap "OK" to confirm uninstallation.

    Continue to hold and drag the app to the top of the screen to the Uninstall button until it's highlighted, then release. Then tap OK to confirm uninstallation.

And that's how you do it. Some stock apps, such as the Clock app, can't be uninstalled, but can be disabled using the app drawer method if you so desire.