Just got a new device, the Pixel. Had Samsung Galaxy before with a bunch of apps. That, in turn, was an upgrade from HTC. When I got it, all the previously installed apps were pushed to the Galaxy. I was expecting the same to happen with the Pixel, but nothing was pushed to it. The device is logged into the correct account and shows up as a registered device in the Play Store on the web. I can manually push apps to it and they install. But I have hundreds of them and was expecting them to install automatically. Why did they not? Is there a way to force it?
Depending on when you purchased your previous devices, you restored the devices during the initial setup window.
When booting up an Android device after a factory reset, you're greeted with the
During this process, you add your Google account. In most cases, there is a link to restore your device, which will install apps associated with the google account to your device.
If you have yet to apply large amounts of data to the device, factory reset it so you go through the initial setup again, and look for a restore option.
If this doesn't show, no previous installations can be found, and you'll have to install apps manually.