I feel really dumb for needing to ask this. When I'm using the Play Store app, how do I get back to the main screen? Currently I hit "Back" multiple times to get there, but if I have done a lot of browsing, the navigation history is very long, so I have to hit "Back" many times.

Is there a quick way to get back to the main Play Store screen without using the Back button?


Whenever you navigate the Play Store using the app, each app page has a left-arrow just below the status/notification bar. I have just tested this to 20 levels deep, and the arrow brings you to one of 2 places:

  1. Play Store home directly, or,

  2. that account's navigation menu, including Store Home as the first option.


To get to the front page of Play Store, with a lot of history, it may be cumbersome and time-consuming to press the back key or the up key (the left arrow in the top-left). Below is an easier method. Note that this is only possible on devices after Gingerbread (Android 3.0+)

  1. Add Play Store to your home screen from your app drawer. Note: This is optional, but it will save you time in the future.

  2. After browsing for a while, open your recents by holding the Home button, or Recents button if you have one.

  3. Close Play Store by swiping the thumbnail either to the left or to the right, or by clearing all recents, if you don't mind closing all the other apps that are open. Note: Functionality to clear all recents may vary from device to device.

  4. Go to your home screen by pressing the Home button.

  5. When you open Play Store again from your home screen, it will be back at the front page.

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