I am new to android and just by going into Google Play I can see every app my friends downloaded. I am really feeling uncomfortable about this since I don't like to feel exposed.

Does anyone knows how to block this "feature"?

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    Is that really the case? I thought you'd only see the apps your friends actually rated, not downloaded. In any case, I agree with you, I don't like that feature either. Oct 27 '14 at 7:57
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    Where do you see this list(?) of apps your friends have downloaded?
    – MrWhite
    Oct 27 '14 at 11:28
  • When I search an app I can see some friends there in the app page. At first I thought it only showed the apps my friends rated but then I found an app with just an indication of a friend who downloaded it
    – mFeinstein
    Oct 27 '14 at 13:59
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    Odd. Mine seems to only show ones I've +1'd or rated.... The +1's might be the setting at plus.google.com/u/0/apps/google (no idea).
    – derobert
    Oct 30 '14 at 17:39
  • Yep, I mistaken it, indeed just the ones people +1'd....my bad!
    – mFeinstein
    Oct 30 '14 at 17:43

I don't think that there is any trick available which you can use to hide the apps downloaded from your friends until or unless you unfriend your friends over your G+ account.

But I have got another trick for you which is going to work for you like whenever you download app, try getting the .apk file downloaded from third party sites say I want to download whatsapp and don't want my friends to see. I will download whatsapp.apk file directly from the Whatsapp website and then I can install the apk file independently and my friends will never know that I have downloaded whatsapp, just make sure you don't get the apps from PlayStore and it will not be shown!

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    But you need to be aware that apps from third party websites may not be as safe as apps from the app store
    – Joe W
    Oct 27 '14 at 14:02
  • Hmmmm so this isn't related to the system itself it is just related to the play store...any way to test it?
    – mFeinstein
    Oct 27 '14 at 14:13
  • @mFeinstein You can test by downloading free apps from Amazon's app store
    – Joe W
    Oct 27 '14 at 14:54
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    And how can I see if my friends see that I have the app or not?
    – mFeinstein
    Oct 27 '14 at 15:24
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    @mfeinstein by asking them? That is the only way you will will know for sure even with the Google app store
    – Joe W
    Oct 27 '14 at 19:10

You can hide your game activity. Go to your profile and click on edit. There will be checkboxes for "People to see your gamer ID through your Google+ name" and and another to "Hide your gaming activity". Uncheck them, and you're good to go!

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