How do I download apps on an Android phone or tablet?
Phones and tablets from lots of different brands fall into the bracket of Android devices. Android is the name of the software that the device uses to function. These brands include Alcatel, Google, HTC, LG, Moto, Samsung and Sony.
You can download apps from the Play Store. This is an official, pre-installed program on Android devices, which gives you access to apps.
- Open the Play Store in your phone or tablet’s menu by tapping on the Play Store icon.
- You’ll need to either set up a Google account or log in to your Google account – this is the account you use to access other Google services like Gmail.
- Search for the app you want to download – either by typing in the search bar at the top, or browsing through the apps on the screen.
- Tap on the name of the app.
- Tap install (if the app is free).
- If the app isn’t free, tap on the price. You can then add a payment method to your Google account and pay for the app.
- The app will download then automatically be added to your menu and your home screen. If you have a lot of apps on your home screen, you can run out of room for new icons and you’ll need to ‘swipe’ across the page to see the new icon.
You might also click on a link on a trusted organisation’s webpage to download an app, and this will take you directly to the Play Store.
Remember: make sure you are connected to a wireless internet network (Wi-Fi) before downloading any apps, otherwise you might use a lot of data which could result in additional charges from your mobile phone network.