How to download Android apps from Google Play

  • 20 March 2018
  • 3 replies

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The Google Play Store has more than a million apps, games and digital content just waiting to be downloaded and installed on your Android device.

Some content is free, some you’ll need to buy. Here’s how to get it:

1. Open the Google Play Store app on your device. It looks like this:

.Alternatively, you can go to play.google.com.

2. Search or browse for content.

3. Select an item.

4. Tap Install (for free items) or the item's price.

5. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the transaction and get the content.

For paid items, you can choose your payment method with the down arrow. If it's your first time making a purchase, your payment method will be added to your Google Account.

Please note: when you add apps or digital content it’s connected to your Google Account, not just the device you add it on. That means you don’t have to buy it again if you get a new device, and you can use it on multiple devices.

Where to find your stuff

Apps and games will be installed on your device. You can find them with your other apps.

Digital content will appear in one of the Google Play apps on your device, depending on wha tkind of thing it is:

• Google Play Books
• Google Play Games
• Google Play Movies
• Google Play Music
• Google Play Newsstand

How to restrict purchases on Android

You can use password protection on the Google Play Store app to prevent accidental purchases. If you’ve got young kids, we definitely recommend doing this! Just follow these simple steps:
• Open the Google Play Store app.

• Navigate to Menu > Settings > Require authentication for purchases > For all purchases.

Password protection is now set up on your Android device. The password will be your existing Google account password, so make sure your kids don’t know it.
Stay safe - never download an app outside of Google Play

To protect yourself from malicious or dodgy apps, you should only download content from the Google Play Store. Google carefully vets content to make sure it’s safe, and quickly removes anything that isn’t. With a third-party store, you don’t know what you're getting – so think before you click!

If you’ve any questions, comments or advice on getting content from the Google Play Store, post a reply below.

3 replies

How do I set up idmobile billing as play store isn't bringing up idmobile on the options.

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Hello @nona2706,


You can access this via https://my.idmobile.co.uk/ on a web browser also.


Which country did you purchase the phone from? We’ve noticed that phones purchased outside of the UK do not tend to show the app.

If you’re roaming, this could also be a factor.


You can still register and access this via the website.



Userlevel 8
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Hey @Mohammed  and @nona2706 


I think @nona2706  means that how to get iD Mobile as default payment for purchases through Play Store. This is unfortunately not supported by iD Mobile. In the UK only 4 main providers support payments through phone bills. Any of MVNO's like iD, Tesco, Virgin, Giffgaff etc. Does not support this feature.