Downloading apps on Android: 7 steps (with pictures)

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Downloading apps on Android: 7 steps (with pictures)
Downloading apps on Android: 7 steps (with pictures)

This wikiHow teaches you how to install apps from the Google Play Store on your Android phone or tablet.


Download Apps on Android Step 1

Step #1. Tap on the Apps icon

You can find it at the bottom of your home screen. It usually looks like several dots or small squares in a circle.

Download Apps on Android Step 2

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Play Store

The icon is a multicolored triangle on a white suitcase.

When you open the Play Store for the first time, you will need to enter your Google account information and payment information. Follow the on-screen instructions when prompted

Download Apps on Android Step 3

Step #3. Type an app name or keyword in the search box

It's at the top of the screen.

  • For example, you can type wikihow to search for the wikiHow app, or photos to browse different photo apps.
  • If you're just browsing, skip the search. Instead, scroll down and check out the Play Store's categories, charts, and suggestions.
Download Apps on Android Step 4

Step #4. Tap on the search key

This is the key that resembles a magnifying glass in the lower right corner of the keyboard.

Download Apps on Android Step 5

Step 5. Select an app from the search results

This will take you to the details page where you can read the description of the app, view user reviews and screenshots.

Many apps have similar names, so your search may return multiple results. Apps in the search result appear on their own 'tiles', each with the app's icon, developer, star rating, and price

Download Apps on Android Step 6

Step 6. Tap INSTALL

It's the green button just below the app's name. If the app isn't free, the green button will indicate the price of the app instead of "INSTALL" (e.g. "€2.49).

When you download an app that costs money, you may need to confirm your Google account password

Download Apps on Android Step 7

Step 7. Tap OPEN

When the installation is complete, the 'INSTALL' button (or the price) will change to an 'OPEN' button. Tapping it will launch your new app for the first time.

To open the new app in the future, tap the Apps icon on your home screen, then tap the new app icon


  • Try to read some reviews before installing an app. You can learn a lot of valuable information like whether an app has a lot of ads, is unsuitable for kids, etc.
  • The Play Store improves your app recommendations as you continue to download apps. To view your recommendations, open the Play Store and scroll down to "Recommended for you."

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