Sometimes you download an app on a whim and then find yourself deleting said app immediately. It happens all the time, it’s too easy to go on a free app binge every once in a while and most of those downloads are going to be regretted later on down the road. Other times you want to re-download that fart app because your buds are coming over for a night of immaturity and shenanigans (you know, Tuesday), but finding it becomes a chore when you go through your download history.
For awhile now there’s been a way to delete the free crapware from your download history, but not many users are aware of the feature. For your benefit we’ve provided a handy step-by-step guide to getting rid of the apps from your download history that you’re confident you won’t be revisiting in the future.
- Make sure you have the most up-to-date version of the Google Play Store app. Current version is 3.10.9, though the feature we’re going to talk about has been around for a little while.
- Open the Play Store App on your device.
- Tap the options button in the top-right corner of the screen and select ‘My Apps’ from the drop down menu.
- You’re going to be presented with a list of all your currently installed apps, and below that you may see a list of apps ready for update.
- Swipe from right-to-left to bring up the ‘All’ screen.
- From here you can delete the history of any free app you have downloaded. Simply tap the circle with a line through it above the word “Free” in the app list.
- If you want to select multiple history entries just hold down on the app until you feel the short vibration. Then go through the list and select the other free apps you want to remove.
- Tap the circle with a line through it in the top right corner if you have multiple items selected and you will be prompted to select ‘OK’ or ‘Cancel’ to confirm your removal.
- You’re done! The app list should now refresh, and it should be missing whatever you selected for removal.
As a bonus, your app list will sync with the Play Store website, making it a smooth experience all around. Hopefully this will help you keep your download history cleaned up, and make finding quality apps to re-download easier in the future.