Part of the joy of owning an Android device is spending time working through the Play store and trying out any apps that take your interest. But over time you may find that you run out of space and have to install apps you don’t use all the time. This means that it can be hard to remember which apps you have used in the past, but by using a feature of Google Play, or by turning to a dedicated app, it is possible to view a detailed list of everything you have installed.
There are two ways you can take a step back in time and check out which apps you have installed in the past — using Google Play itself, or by using a dedicated app. To check your installation history in Google Play, pay a visit to the store, sign into your account, click the gear icon to the upper right hand corner of the page and then select the My Orders & Settings option from the menu that appears.
Make sure that you are on the Orders tab and you should see a list of all of the apps you have installed from the Store.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you can step further back in time by navigating through the pages. If you spot an app you had forgotten about and like the idea of using it again, you can click the link to visit the app’s page to reinstall it.
This is great, but you’ll notice that all of your installations are grouped together — there is no way to separate out the apps you have used in the past from those you currently have installed. If you would like to be able to do this, look no further than My Purchases, a free app that that provides you with this option.
The first time you launch the app you will have to grant it permission to access you Google account, and once you have done this it will be able to scan and display your purchases and installations.
My Purchases is an app that does very much what you would expect from its name — it provides you with a detailed list of the apps you have purchased.
If you would like to hide all of the apps you currently have installed on your various Android device, just hit Settings. Tick the option labelled Hide already installed apps and tap back.
The free version of the app feature advertisements, and if this annoys you there is a pro edition that is unadorned by ads.
Have you unearthed any hidden gems that you had forgotten you used months or years ago? Let us know how checking your past purchases has helped you.