Feb 2018


how to manage apps via smartphone

The apps you install on your Android phone organization from Google Play. And that’s where you can return for app management. The task includes reviewing apps you’ve downloaded, updating apps, and removing apps that you no longer want or that you severely hate.


Reviewing your apps :

To peruse the apps obtained from Google Play, follow these steps:

1 ) Open the Play Store app.


2 ) Ensure that you’re at the top level in the app.

Tap the Back navigation icon until you see the main screen.


3 ) Tap the Side Menu icon.


4 ) Choose My Apps & Games from the navigation drawer.

If you don’t see the My Apps & Games item, choose Apps & Games and repeat Steps 3 and 4.


5 ) Peruse your apps.

Apps are presented on two tabs, Installed and All, as shown in Figure 19-5. Apps currently installed on your phone are listed on the Installed tab. The All tab lists every app you’ve ever obtained from Google Play, whether or not it’s currently installed on the phone.


  • Tap an app in the list to view its details. Some of the options and settings on the app’s details screen are discussed elsewhere in this chapter.


  • Uninstalled apps remain on the All tab’s list because you did, at one time, download the app. To reinstall an app (and without paying a second time for paid apps), choose the app from the All list and tap the install button.


Updating apps :

New versions, or updates, of apps happen all the time. It’s nothing you need to worry about, because most app updates are installed automatically. Occasionally, however, you must tend to manual updates.


When apps are in need of update approval, the App Update notification appears, similar to the one shown in the margin. Choose that notification, or visit the My Apps screen as described in the preceding section (and shown in Figure 19-5). Manual updates are listed on the screen by an UPDATE or UPDATE ALL button.


For some app updates, you must accept permissions. Review the phone features accessed, and then tap the Accept button when prompted.


You can view the app update process in the Play Store app or go off and do something else with your phone.


  • Most apps update automatically; you need not do a thing. The updates generate a notification icon, shown in the margin. Feel free to dismiss the notification.


  • An Internet connection is required in order to update apps. If possible, try to use Wi-Fi so that you don’t incur any data surcharges on your cellular bill. Android apps aren’t super-huge in size, but why take the risk?


  • If the Internet connection is broken during an update, the updates automatically continue when the connection is reestablished.


Uninstalling apps :

It doesn’t happen often, but you can uninstall apps that you no longer use or those that vex you incessantly. I typically uninstall apps after downloading a clutch of them to find one that I like. Such an exercise isn’t required, but it helps keep me sane, which is an item somewhere near the top of my priority list.


When the need arises, remove an app by following these steps:


1 ) Open the Play Store app.


2 ) Choose My Apps & Games from the navigation drawer.


3 ) Tap the Installed tab.


4 ) Choose the app that offends you.


5 ) Tap the UNINSTALL button.


6 ) Tap the OK button to confirm.


The app continues to appear on the All list even after it’s been removed. That’s because you downloaded it once, but it doesn’t mean that the app is currently installed on your phone.


  • You can always reinstall paid apps that you’ve uninstalled. You aren’t charged twice for doing so.


  • You can’t remove apps that are preinstalled on the phone by either the phone’s manufacturer or cellular provider. I’m sure there’s technical way to uninstall the apps, but seriously; just don’t use the apps if you want to remove them and discover that you can’t.


Choosing a default app :

While tapping links or items or attempting to view a download, you may find yourself confronted with the Open With card, which looks similar to the one shown in Figure  This card might be titled Complete Action Using on some phones.


Your duty is to choose from one or more apps to complete an action. Then you’re given the choice of the options Just Once or Always.


  • When you choose Always, the chosen app always completes the action; you’ll never see the Open With card again for that specific task.


  • When you choose just Once, you see the Open With card again.


My advice is to choose Just Once until you get sick of seeing the Open With card.

At that point, choose Always.

The fear, of course, is that you’ll make a mistake. Keep reading in the next section.


Clearing default apps :

Fret not, gentle reader. The action you chose for the Open With card can be undone. For example, if you select the ASTRO Image Viewer app, you can undo that choice by follower these steps:


1 ) Open the Settings app.


2 ) Choose Apps.


3 ) Select the app that always opens.

This is the tough step because you must remember which app you chose to “Always” open.


4 ) Choose the item Open by Default.

If the item shows the text Some Defaults Set, you’re on the right track. Apps that haven’t been chosen as the default show the text No Defaults Set.


5 ) Tap the CLEAR DEFAULTS button.


The steps on some Samsung phones are different:

1 ) Open the Settings app.


2 ) Choose Applications.

Some Samsung phones may features an Applications tab, in which case you choose that tab to continue.


3 ) Choose Default Applications


4 ) Choose Set as Default.

You see a list of installed apps. if the text Set As default appears below an app, it’s been chosen as a default app.


5 ) Tap to open the default app.


6 ) Tap the CLEAR DEFAULTS button.

After you clear the defaults for an app, you see the Open With card again. The next time you see it, however, make a better choice.



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