A smartphone is like a life partner. The more time you spend with it, the more it knows you. Your messages, contacts, photos, tools and the applications you use every day are all on it. When it’s time to change your smartphone, whether it’s because you’ve lost or broken your old one, or because you want to buy a newer model, you have to start from scratch. You can re-import your contacts, regain access to your photos, but what about your applications? Let’s see how to find and reinstall lost or deleted Android apps.
You could manually reinstall each of the applications you lost or deleted . How many apps did you have on your smartphone? Here in the editorial office, we can’t even count them because we have so many. Installing 3-4 applications manually, why not. Installing 30-40 of them, out of the question. Especially since, if you’ve changed smartphone, or recovered your smartphone in factory settings, you already have to restore your contacts, files, etc. Any time saved is worth it.
Fortunately, every time you have downloaded an application on your Android, its installation is saved on your Google account. Thus, the Play Store has your entire application history. This restore option did not exist before. Early Android users, when they switched devices, were forced to reinstall everything manually. To restore them automatically, they had to make a copy of the apps on a computer first. You, on the other hand, will be able to find your applications in no time.
Google Play Store
To find the applications you had on your Android smartphone, there are two different methods depending on your Android version.
- Open the app Google Play Store.
- In the search menu at the top of the screen, tap on your account’s icon (either your Google profile picture or a colored circle with a letter).
- The Google Play menu appears, tap Manage apps and device.
- Go to the Manage tab.
- Tap Installed appsand select Uninstalled apps
- The list of apps registered to your Google account appears. All you have to do from now on is to select the applications you want to reinstall by checking the corresponding boxes. To start the download, press the Download symbol at the top of the screen.
- Launch the application Google Play Store.
- In the search menu at the top of the screen, tap the 3 overlapping lines.
- A new menu will open, tap the My Games & Apps.
- Find the tab Library and select it.
- The list of applications listed in your Google Account will appear. All you have to do is press install next to each application you wanted to retrieve.
Note that you will probably find some applications that you don’t remember, that’s normal. If you have been using your Google Account for a while, the list contains all the applications you have downloaded, regardless of device.
Also note that you will only find apps from the Google Play Store. Apps installed from .apk files or from external download platforms are not affected. In these cases, how to proceed?
If you want to find applications that you did not download from the Play Store, you will have to do it differently. You can install on your Android a backup application. This will play the same role as the Play Store history, but for all your applications, regardless of their origin. As an application, you can find for example the Backup and Restore App.
- Launch the app and select the tab Installed.
- Check the apps you want to keep and press Backup.
When you want to reinstall an application stored on Backup and Restore, you will be taken to the Archived Release section. Before you can recover it, you must first enable the Unknown Origins option in Android settings. Go to Security and locate Unknown Origins. Switch to ON and validate by pressing OK.
Depending on your Android version, the path may be as follows: Security and Privacy > Others > Install unknown applications. You will then need to locate the name of the backup app, and switch the switch next to Allow app installation to ON.