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Is there a Play Store log file?

Or should I be looking where apps are installed on the phone for time/date stamps?

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there is another possible that is if your device is rooted then you can access your /system folder.There you can see all installing files. –  Ramesh Akula Jul 11 '12 at 4:12

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TitaniumBackup also displays this when you go to the batch (backup/restore) tab. You can have it sort your apps by date of installation, name, size and so on.

It should be noted that you need to root your phone to do so.

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Superb - already have this installed. Ta. –  Umber Ferrule Jul 16 '12 at 13:51

I didn't find a place in the stock-system which tells this. But there are useful tools around like AppMonster which display this information along (besides, AppMonster allows you to backup your apps, and in the Pro-Version even does so automatically on install as well as update -- so you can revert to a previously installed version easily in case of trouble with an update).

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Enable USB debugging, setup ADB in PC, launch terminal/CMD and enter:

adb shell dumpsys package

It would give you a humungous list of details about all the installed packages including the date/time stamp you're seeking. If you want the said stamps for a specific package whose PKG_NAME you're aware of then enter:

adb shell dumpsys package PKG_NAME | grep -A1 "firstInstallTime"

It's output possibly would be like,

firstInstallTime=2015-07-04 15:49:50
lastUpdateTime=2015-07-04 15:49:50

Note: My device running Jelly Bean needs root access to execute dumpsys, Kitkat and above doesn't.

Alternatively, if you've Google Play Store installed, then take its backup using ADB, extract the backup to locate the database localappstate.db. Open that file in PC using an SQL database viewer like DB Browser for SQLite or on Android using apps like SQLite Editor / aSQLiteManager. These apps may need root access so stick with the viewer for PC.

The table appstate in that file has the columns first_download_ms delivery_data_timestamp_ms. The latter shows when the app got installed and the former shows when the download began in Play Store.

This approach has its limitation. Play Store wouldn't show data/time stamp for sideloaded apps.

It is possible that the former approach also gives unexpected result for some apps. In that case, do research!

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