I wanted to ask what would happen to an app (for example, Flappy Bird) that gets deleted from the Play Store. However, I still have it on my mobile.

I am changing my phone and plan to sell the old one. If I delete the app from my old phone's storage, will I still be able to install it from the Play Store, and will it exist in My Apps and Games at my account in Play Store?

  • If the app has been removed from the playstore list, it will also be removed from the My Apps list. Commented Dec 31, 2015 at 10:54
  • If the app is still in Play Store, yes, it will be visible in My Apps. If an app is removed from Play Store while it's installed in phone, the app will not be removed
    – Gokul NC
    Commented Dec 31, 2015 at 11:03
  • @gokulnc not always true. Some Spyware and worse apps will be removed from both store and phone. But this is very rare
    – cde
    Commented Jan 1, 2016 at 6:53

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You will not be able to download the app once it is removed from Play Store, which means you can't install on new phone (and will not be available in your account "My Apps and Games", since it is not available on Play Store). So it doesn't matter whether your phone is old or new- even on your current phone, if you uninstall it , you can't install from play store, if the app is removed from Play Store


Some apps and games can be removed from Google Play by a developer or for policy reasons. If an item has been removed, it won't be available for download.

Source: Google Play Help - I can't find an app or game

That is not the end of world. For starters, you can consider taking a backup of the game apk (of course, no updates from Play Store). Many ways to do this are suggested here - How to take backup of all installed APKs from Phone to PC?

Alternatively, apps and games removed from Google Play Store, may well be available on:

  • Alternate sources (possibility of getting updates): see What are the alternative Android app markets?
  • Internet: download apk from internet and install (not recommended since you have no way of knowing for sure that the apk is free of malware or adware)
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    You can also use Airdroid to backup your apps easily on non-rooted devices.
    – Dulanga
    Commented Dec 31, 2015 at 16:31

You can transfer the apk file to your computer and then transfer it back to your new phone.

Or if you are going to have both phones together for sometime then just use the app MyAppSharer to send the apk from your current phone to the new phone.

Here's a link to the app.

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