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When i open the play store -> My apps section from my PC, i see a list of all the apps i ever used. This list is uneditable. When i check the same in the play store android app, i see the same list but this time i can delete entries.

Questions:

-Why this list shows all the apps i ever used? I would expect to show all the apps i currently have installed on my phone.

-For what purpose this list exists? What happens when i delete entries manually?

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You might want to see apps you have installed previously but since uninstalled in order to find an app that you but want to recommend to a friend. You might uninstall an app by accident and want to find it again easily.

Google Play needs to keep track of this information anyway, for two reasons:-

  1. You can only review an app you've installed;
  2. Even after uninstalling a paid app, it remains available to you, and you can reinstall it again without paying.

Deleting an entry only hides it from the list (on all your devices and the web interface), and has no other effect.

  • OK but let's say i do a factory reset, and want all my previously installed apps back by single click. How do i do that? As i understand this list has nothing to do with that as well. – gabox01 Mar 28 '14 at 16:16
  • @gabox01 You're right: the 'My apps' list in Google Play isn't for that purpose. The only connection is that Google Play keeps track of apps you've uninstalled so you can reinstall paid apps without having to pay again. – Dan Hulme Mar 28 '14 at 16:48

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