New Google Play Store update makes it easier to manage your apps

Enrique, 20 April 2017

Over the past day or so, we've noticed a major change in the Google Play Store. While the main Play Store screen has remained untouched, an overhaul to the "My Apps & Games" tab has arrived aimed at making it much easier to manage updates, and makes far more efficient use of the available space.

If you wish to force the update, you can do what we did to our Huawei P10 unit: We simply restarted the device and opened the Play Store. This triggered the change and we were able to see the new "My Apps" UI.

The My Apps and Games tab has been shuffled around a bit: There is no longer a "Subscriptions" tab and the "Installed" tab no longer displays updates. Now, "Updates" gets its own tab and here you'll be able to see which app updates are available, how long ago they became available, and below that, you'll see your most recently updated apps and how long ago they were updated. The most recent updates available show up on top.

Google Play Store Update

If you head to the "Installed Tab" this is where you'll see all the apps installed on your device. Now you can sort your apps by Alphabetical order, Last updated, Last used, or Size. This helps to find and uninstall apps that you might use infrequently or delete an app that will clear up some storage space. As you can see, Spotify takes up the most amount of space on this Huawei P10.

Sort installed apps - Google Play Store Update Alphabetical - Google Play Store Update Last updated - Google Play Store Update Last used - Google Play Store Update Size - Google Play Store Update
Sort installed apps • Alphabetical • Last updated • Last used • Size

It makes more sense to call the third tab "Library" instead of the previous: "All". This is where you can see a list of previously installed apps that you may have installed on another tablet or smartphone that used the same google account.

Library tab - Google Play Store Update
Library tab

Finally, the "Beta" tab stays the same. Here is where you can manage which apps you have installed that are using Beta builds.

Beta tab - Google Play Store Update
Beta tab

If you still don't see the new update, just be patient. It seems to be rolling out to everyone now and if it hasn't reached you yet, you should see it appear over the next week or so.


Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 23 Jun 2022
  • uZa

Pleas play store update

  • Anonymous
  • 23 Apr 2017
  • LY5

It sucks that you can't select more apps to select at once. Now you have to press install on every single app

  • Anonymous
  • 22 Apr 2017
  • UD{

I already have it on my old xperia that runs v4.3 JellyBean. Didn't expect that I will receive it.

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