TL;DR version--do you have apps in your Google Play "Other apps in my library" that you know you've never installed?

In my Google Play account, under the section labeled "Other apps in my library", I'm shown 240 apps that I've installed, alphabetically sorted from A-Z. I test a lot of apps for work and I've had this account since Day 1 with my ADP1(G1), so this list only makes it to the G's before it's full.

When I activated my Nexus 7 this week, I went into this list to start installing some of my favorite apps and I noticed a bunch of apps that I know I never installed. I know, you're thinking "how do you know, you say you install a bunch of apps". Well, I know I would never install some of these, even if it were part of my job. Not porn or anything, just not my style. For example, the controller for a nabaztag. I don't own one, so I've never needed the app. Out of those 240 listings, I can count at least 15 that I've not deliberately installed.

Partial listing here: http://twitpic.com/a9sw74 (900x4000px PNG)

So, immediate panic that someone compromised my Play account, but the question became, "why would they install a bunch of stupid apps that didn't cost anything when they could install apps that have monetary impact". I let my son and daughter mess with my phone or tablet in the restaurant, but they know not to install apps and none of those apps would appeal to a 14 or 9 year old. Regardless, I changed my password and revoked every device except the 3 I'm currently using.

I went into the "My Account" listing of all my purchases, which also includes free apps. Not one of these 15 apps that I've found show up in that list. Which makes me wonder if this is a glitch in Google Play as opposed to someone accessing my account incorrectly. Has anyone else experienced strangeness in this list?

  • You might be underestimating your kids' mobile phone skills. Maybe they figured out how to do that, or did it by mistake, and a nabaztag app, for example, sounds pretty exciting to a kid not knowing that they require the actual nabaztag device to use it.
    – surfmadpig
    Aug 1, 2014 at 3:06
  • You can call Google and ask them when the app is downloaded. That can give you a better idea maybe.
    – SarpSTA
    Feb 5, 2016 at 23:35

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I just had a look and found several apps that I'd never installed because they were pre-installed on one of my devices. I think that these may be apps that came with one device or another, but that you never noticed or made use of. In my 'other apps', I can see several pre-installed apps that I've disabled on my Acer Tablet. I suspect you're seeing the same thing, but that you paid even less attention to the pre-installed stuff than I did.

  • None of these are preloads. I know this, because all the preloads for all of our phones go through one of my peers. The thing that bugs me is it's in that list of 240, but not in my play store history. Jul 22, 2012 at 0:55

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