How to Delete Google Play Store Search History (and More)

In this post, you will see:

  • How to delete Play Store app download history
  • How to delete your search history in the Google Play Store
  • How to sign out of the Google Play Store
  • How to stop apps auto-update in the Play Store
  • How to stop the auto-update of a specific app
  • How to manually update apps in the Play Store
  • How to update the Google Play Store app
  • How to activate Dark Theme in the Play Store
  • How to disable autoplay in the Play Store app

Let’s start.

How to delete Play Store app download history

Launch the Play Store app and click on the three vertical lines in the top left corner > My apps & games > Library tab.

Now you can see the apps. You already have those apps: uninstalled from your current device or not installed on your current device, but installed or uninstalled on your other Android devices, and on all of those devices you use the same Google account.

For example, you have devices A and B with the same Google account. If you have Facebook on device A and not on device B, you can find Facebook on the Library tab in the Play Store.

Click the “X” icon next to the app you want to remove and tap “Remove” in the confirmation pop-up.

How to delete your search history in the Google Play Store

Launch the Play Store app and click on the three vertical lines at the top left > Settings.

Tap “Clear local search history.”

That’s it.

Your search history has been removed from your Android device and not from your Google account. Remember that both the Android device and the Google account save each search.

Follow the steps below to remove the search history from your Google account:

Go to this URL in your browser, click Data & personalization > Web & App Activity > Manage activity.

Click the “Filter” icon below the search box, select “Google Play Store” and click the “Apply” button.

Now you can see all the searches you made and apps you visited in the Play Store together with the Play Store visit.

Delete a single item: Find the item to remove. Press it. Press the three vertical dots and then press the “Delete” option.

If you want to remove items from an entire day, click the “Trash can” icon next to the date. Remember that this will remove the entire history of the day.

To remove them all at once (remember that this will delete searches and app visits in the Play Store along with the Play Store visit):

Click “Delete” below the search box.

Press the “Delete” button.

How to sign out of the Google Play Store

PC

Click on your profile picture at the top right of the Google Play site.

Click the “Sign out” button.

Android

Open the “Settings” app on your Android device.

Tap “Accounts.”

Search for and hit your Google account.

Tap “Remove Account.”

Click “Remove Account” in the pop-up.

If you see a pop-up, click “OK.”

You will now be prompted to provide your “Screen lock” method. In my case it is “Password.” Enter it.

How to stop apps auto-update in the Play Store

By default, apps are automatically updated when you are connected to Wi-Fi.

If you want to stop this auto-update, do the following:

Open the Play Store.

Click on the three vertical lines at the top > Settings.

Tap the “Auto-update apps.”

In the pop-up, select “Don’t auto-update apps.”

Click on “Done.”

Read here: How to fix Play Store errors

How to stop the auto-update of a specific app

If you want to prevent the app from being updated automatically, follow the steps below:

Open the Play Store and click on the three vertical lines at the top > My apps & games.

Navigate to the Installed tab.

Locate the app for which you want to stop the auto-update and press it.

Now tap the three vertical dots at the top right.

Uncheck the option “Enable auto update.”

How to manually update apps in the Play Store

Open the Play Store and click on the three vertical lines at the top > My apps & games.

You are now on the Updates tab where you can find the updates if available.

If you want to install all the updates, click the Update all button.

If you want to install the update of a specific app, click the Update button next to it.

How to update the Google Play Store app

The Google Play Store updates itself by default.

However, if for some reason you are not viewing the latest version, you can force the Play Store to update itself, and here is how:

Start the Play Store.

Click on the three vertical lines in the top left > Settings.

Scroll down until you see the “Play Store version.” Hit it.

If your Play Store is not up to date, it will be updated, otherwise you will be notified that it is up to date.

How to activate Dark Theme in the Play Store

Open the Google Play Store app, click on the three horizontal lines in the top-left corner, tap Settings > Theme, and select “Dark” from the pop-up.

Notes:

  • Alternatively, you can select “System default.” which applies the dark mode state of your Android device to the Play Store.
  • To disable dark mode, follow the steps above and select “Light.”

Read: How to find IMEI on Android

How to disable autoplay in the Play Store app

By default, the Google Play Store app automatically plays videos if you have a Wi-Fi connection.

If you don’t like it, you can turn off automatic playback in the Play Store and here’s how:

Launch the Google Play Store app, click the three vertical lines in the top left corner, and tap Settings > Auto-play videos.

In the pop-up window, you will find these three options:

  • Auto-play videos at any time
  • Auto-play videos over Wi-Fi only
  • Don’t auto-play videos

The first plays videos automatically, regardless of your internet connection. The second automatically plays videos only over the Wi-Fi connection. This is the default option. The third stops automatic playback.

Select the third option, “Don’t auto-play videos” and tap “Done.”

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