How to Delete Play Store History (and More)

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How to Clear Search History in Google Play Store

Launch the Play Store app and hit your profile picture at the top right.

Select Settings > General > Account and device preferences.

Tap “Clear device search history,” which you can find under the History section. In the confirmation popup, hit “Clear 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, hit Data & privacy > Web & App Activity > Manage activity.

Hit the “Filter” icon below the search box, select “Google Play Store,” and then hit the “Apply” button.

You can now see all the searches you made, notifications you received, and apps you visited in the Play Store together with the Play Store visit.

To delete a single item, hit X beside it. If you see a popup, hit Delete in it.

If you want to remove items from an entire day, follow these steps (Remember that this will remove the whole history of the day):

  1. Hit X next to the date.
  1. If you see a popup, hit Delete in it.

To remove all at once, hit “Delete” below the search box at the top and then the “Delete” button.

How to Sign Out of Google Play Store

Here, you’ll see how to do this on PC and Android.

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. Select “Accounts” and then hit the Google account you prefer.

Select the “Remove account” button and then “Remove account” in the popup.

If you see a popup, tap “OK,” and you’ll be prompted to verify yourself. I provided “Fingerprint” here. Please confirm, and that’s all.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How to Delete Play Store App Download History

Launch the Play Store app and tap the profile picture in the top right corner.

Select “Manage apps & device” and navigate to the Manage tab. Now you can see the apps that are installed on your device.

Hit Installed on the top and you can see “Not installed.” Select it. You can now see the apps which are uninstalled or not installed on your current device.

But the latter is 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 B, you can find Facebook on this list on device B.

Select the app you want to remove this list and tap the trash can icon at the top right. Hit “Remove” in the confirmation popup.

How to Stop Apps Auto-Update in Play Store

By default, apps are automatically updated when you are connected to Wi-Fi. If you want to stop this, do the following:

Open the Play Store. Tap on the profile picture at the top right.

Select Settings > Network preferences > Auto-update apps.

In the popup, select “Don’t auto-update apps.” Tap “Done.”

That’s all. From now on, apps won’t auto-update on any internet connection.

Notes:

You can see these two options, too, in the popup. Let’s see them.

  • Over any network – This option auto-updates apps regardless of the internet connection type.
  • Over Wi-Fi only – This option auto-updates apps only when your device is connected to Wi-Fi.

How to Stop 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 tap the profile picture at the top.

Select “Manage apps & device,” and navigate to the Manage tab.

Locate the app for which you want to stop the auto-update and hit 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 tap your profile picture at the top.

Select “Manage apps & device.” You are now on the “Overview” tab, where you can find the updates if available.

If you want to install all the updates, hit the “Update all.”

If you want to install the update for a specific app, hit “See details” and then the Update button next to the app you prefer.

How to Update Google Play Store App

The Google Play Store updates itself by default.

However, if, for some reason, you aren’t viewing the latest version, you can force the Play Store to update itself, and here’s how:

In the Play Store, hit the profile picture in the top right.

Select Settings > About. Hit the “Play Store version.”

If your Play Store isn’t up to date, it’ll be updated. Otherwise, it’ll notify you that it is up to date.

How to Activate Dark Theme in Play Store

In the Play Store app, hit your profile picture in the top right corner.

Select Settings > General > Theme. Choose “Dark” from the popup.

Notes:

  • The “System default” applies the dark mode state of your Android device to the Play Store. For example, if your Android is in dark mode, Play Store is in dark theme.
  • To disable the dark theme, select “Light.”

How to Disable Autoplay in 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 it off, and here’s how:

Launch the Google Play Store app and then hit your profile picture in the top right corner.

Tap Settings > Network preferences > Auto-play videos.

In the popup window, you’ll find these three options:

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

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

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

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