Anders G. Nordby

Lead Software Engineer at Sopra Steria

Removing Apps from Google Play

Let’s say you have installed an app which totally crashes your Android phone. On some phones, you don’t get the option of whether you want to restore your apps or not – so a factory reset will maybe give you enough time to delete the offending app before it’s automatically restored, and maybe not… The Google Play website is of no help, because you cannot remove apps from there (wish it were that easy!). So, what to do?

Well, you have an old (and different model) Android device lying around, don’t you? Factory reset that device, and cross your fingers that the offending won’t run (or at least wreck your phone) when it’s automatically restored here. Or, perhaps this other device actually let’s you choose if you want your apps restored or not. In that case: you absolutely don’t want your apps restored. In my case, my old Galaxy Note II came to the rescue; after a factory reset it asked me politely if I wanted to restore my apps, which I declined.

How to factory reset a Galaxy Note II

  1. Turn your phone off.
  2. With the phone off, press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key, then press and hold the Power key. You’ll see the Android recovery screen.
  3. Scroll to Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Volume Up or Down keys. Select with the power key.
  4. Scroll down to Yes, Delete User Data and select it.
  5. Back on the first screen, scroll down to Wipe Cache Partition and select it.
  6. Your factory reset is now complete.
  7. Go to Reboot System Now to restart the phone.

How to remove apps from Google Play

  1. Open the Google Play Store app.
  2. Select My Apps > All.
  3. Tap the gray “X” on the app you want to remove > Select OK to confirm.

Tip: To remove multiple apps from the list, you can do so by touching and holding an app, then selecting more apps in the list.
Note: If you removed a bought app, you do not need to buy the app again. Simply, visit the app’s details page on Google Play and install it again.


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