Google Play no longer shows sideloaded apps

Google Play no longer shows sideloaded apps
The Google Play app has had a strange characteristic since back in the olden days of the Android Market wherein it would show apps that had been sideloaded or installed from 3rd party apps (like the Amazon Appstore) as if the apps had been officially pulled from the Play Store itself. This caused issues for users, but it is no longer a problem. 

The Google Play Support Team has confirmed to users through e-mail that as of the Google Play Store app version 3.5 and higher, the app will no longer show sideloaded apps as officially purchased. So, users should no longer be seeing the annoying "download declined" error, or update notifications for those apps, and of course if you can't remember if you had officially purchased an app from the Google Play Store you can check your account history on the Google Wallet site. 

It's a small change, but definitely a nice one for those of us who tend to grab APKs from all manner of sources to populate the apps on our devices. Now, it'll be just a bit easier to keep things organized. 

source: Droid Life

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9 Comments

1. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Awesome, I've always been frustrated when I sideload a cracked version of an app, only to love it and wanna support the dev, but realize I can't because it's labelled as purchased and I can't buy it.

2. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Wouldn't you be able to just uninstall the app, then purchase it?

4. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yeah, like Where's my Water, I sideloaded it, played it, liked it and uninstalled it so I can purchase it, but it's labelled "purchased" in the Play Shop and when I try to download, it says "error, you haven't purchased this app" and I can't buy it cause it's still labelled as "purchased". But now it seem the "purchased" is gone.

3. breathlesstao unregistered

That's odd...I've never had that problem (granted, Amazon AppStore ain't even available over here). But other sideloaded apps? They never showed up in the installed apps section of the Market for me. Something about having different names in the signatures or something that does not match the Market-versions, I believe, to avoid this issue specifically... dunno about Amazon tho.

5. zackh121556

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

All you needed to do in order to get passed this problem was delete the app and clear the market cache

6. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I think the design of the play store looks brilliant! Kills the competition IMO !

7. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Excellent news. A while back a 3rd party app store was having a promotion where they had some paid apps available for free. I took the bait on one of them but it wouldn't receive any updates and the 3rd party app store wasn't supporting it any longer. It was listed with Google as purchased already so I couldn't pay for it but also couldn't download it. At least there was a free version I could use in the mean time but even that wouldn't let me purchase it since it was already listed as purchased. Clearing the market cache and even a factory reset did nothing to resolve the issue of it being listed as purchased with Google itself. At least it's finally resolved. Whoo hoo!!!

8. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I usually have the opposite problem and Amazon tries updating my other apps.

9. asimo

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

yeah getjar free apps prevented me from buying the apps on the market to get the updates; even uninstalled, the apps would show up as "purchased" in the market, but errors "not purchased" when trying to download; glad they finally changed that. Also it would be nice to remove the history on installed app in the web store.

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