On my Note 2 I have two accounts configured

[email protected]
[email protected]

Usually I have the Play Store configured to buy/install apps under [email protected] but somehow it got changed to my work email a while back. Before I noticed this, I installed ~20 apps using the [email protected]

Is there a way for me to re-associate those purchases with [email protected] without manually reinstalling each app? And how will this be different for free vs paid apps that I installed while using [email protected]?


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There's currently no way to do this. Free apps can be re-downloaded under the appropriate account, of course, but Google has no provision for moving paid apps (or free ones, in bulk) from one account to another. The Google Play support page has their official stance on this:

At this time, it's not possible to transfer apps from one account to another.

Some developers are willing to issue refunds for purchases on old accounts if you repurchase the app(s) using a new account. You can always reach out to the developer of an app, and you can find their contact information by following these steps:

  1. Visit Google Play and select the app in question

  2. On the app's description page, scroll down to the Developer section

  3. Find either an email address, phone number or website listed.

  • Accurate answer. Google could easily develop a way to do this, but I think they prefer you just spend your money to buy all the apps again. So much for "do no evil"... again. Oct 29, 2014 at 18:15

While you can't transfer apps, you can sync the appropriate email (with all the apps purchased) to multiple devices so you have access to the apps. Just be sure to DESELECT all the other things (gmail, calendar, etc.) so the only thing that is synched from that account is the apps (Google Play Store).


Here is some information I've collected on how to move forward with this problem. As instructed, I've added quoted information from the pertinent pages in case the links expire:

What about if an account has been hacked or is the ongoing target of a phishing attack? Is there no way to transfer apps under these circumstances? Where do I complain to Google about this?

From a Google Support Search (https://support.google.com/mail/search?q=transfer+app+account):

How do I transfer all data between two Gmail accounts? https://support.google.com/mail/thread/10761789?hl=en

Transfer my apps and Play store balance to a different Gmail account. https://support.google.com/googleplay/thread/37917054

This Forum is for assistance with Gmail issues. Answers to Google Play questions including the impact on purchased apps will be found here: Google Play Community

The first link has the most upvotes, but is locked. The second refers the question to Google Play Support, so search (https://support.google.com/googleplay/search?q=transfer+app+account):

Transfer Playstore app purchases to my new account https://support.google.com/googleplay/thread/16840581?hl=en

Is it possible to shift a purchased app to my account? https://support.google.com/googleplay/thread/15924856?hl=en

How to transfer purchases from one google account to another https://support.google.com/googleplay/thread/9838585?hl=en

How can I transfer these purchases? I don't want them existing in both places. I will NEVER go back and want them there (this is a very old yahoo-email based google account -- before marrying, I created a gmail account that would have my maiden name, if you are worried about divorce). I want to be able to open up my google play, and see anything and everything I can download. I don't want to repurchase the items, because I already bought them and I own them already.

The first two are locked, and the last question has 165 upvotes and is a very legitimate situation. You can Subscribe to get updates on any official development, and upvote as well.

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