Okay I am using a new Gmail account on my PlayStore to browse my tablet. Now the problem is that all the apps that I downloaded using my first account, so when I log into the using my second account I don't see the apps of my first account.

I have the question on whether we can move paid apps between accounts over here.

But all my apps are free, can I move them from one account to another ?

The list of the apps are as follows-:

  1. ES File Explorer
  2. Facebook
  3. Firefox
  4. Youtube
  5. aTorrent
  6. Gmail
  7. Google
  8. Google News and Weather
  9. Google Talkback
  10. Google Text to speech
  11. Hangouts
  • Are you still using/needing the old account on your device? While paid apps cannot be transferred, this is possible for free apps in a way.
    – Izzy
    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:45
  • @Izzy Yes if I use the old account then my Playstore displays all apps correctly. can you please tell me the procedure on how to transfer them
    – Heidi
    Jul 17, 2015 at 13:35
  • The procedure I have in mind requires you to remove your old account. Is that acceptable for you?
    – Izzy
    Jul 17, 2015 at 13:38
  • @Izzy Yes Absolutely
    – Heidi
    Jul 17, 2015 at 19:50

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Several of the apps you list most likely came pre-installed with your device (e.g. Gmail, Google, Google Talkback). Keeping that in mind brings up the question: How did they end up being associated with your account? Which leads to a possibility to achieve what you want:

  1. Delete the "old" Google account from that device
  2. Wait a little. It usually doesn't take longer than a day that a process of the Google Play app scans your device for installed apps, and links them to your (new) account if they have no link yet (that's how the pre-installed apps ended up here)
  3. Once that had happened, and if you still need the "old" account for some purpose, it should be safe to re-create it (I'm not 100% sure about this step, as I've never tried it).
  • I had to install all Google Apps since I am using a custom ROM(Cyanogen). Have you ever tried this ? Waiting for a day then having the apps associated to another account ?
    – Heidi
    Jul 17, 2015 at 19:50
  • Not actively. But the other way around: I wanted to get rid of update notifications, so I detached apps from Playstore using TitaniumBackup. Worked for about a day, then they've been back. See: How to get rid of update notifications for a given app in Google Play Store?
    – Izzy
    Jul 17, 2015 at 21:49
  • No I don't it will work in my case. You see you downloaded the apps using the same account you were using. But my apps are downloaded using another google account all together.
    – Heidi
    Jul 19, 2015 at 17:47
  • I'll have to correct you, Heidi: Most of the apps I'm talking about here were not downloaded with that account – but either came pre-installed, or were "side-loaded". So it wasn't even any Google account at all where those came from. // Why not trying it out? If it really won't work (which I doubt), you could still re-add your "old account".
    – Izzy
    Jul 19, 2015 at 18:00

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