How to completely remove an app from your apps list in Google Play Store

How to completely remove an app from your apps list in Google Play Store
Please note: this is a tutorial for inexperienced users (beginners).

It’s not uncommon for smartphone users to install an app or a game, only to realize that they don’t want it on their device. Thus, the unwanted application is quickly uninstalled. 

On Android, even if you uninstall an app / game from a device, this will still be available in the My Apps list in Google Play Store - from where (if you want to) you can reinstall it. Of course, sometimes you may actually want back an application that you once uninstalled - though that probably doesn’t happen too often. Luckily, Google lets you remove individual items from your My Apps list, so you can keep the ones you think you may need someday, and get rid of the rest.

It’s simple to completely remove an app from your Play Store history. After you open Google Play Store on your Android device, tap on the menu button on the top-left corner (everything is detailed in the screenshots below, in case you have any doubts). When the menu is open, tap on the My apps tab. This opens a list of your installed apps. Next to it, you’ll see an “All” tab - tap on it. Here, Google Play shows both the apps that are installed, and those you’ve uninstalled. Assuming you haven’t previously removed anything, here’s where you’ll find every app that you’ve installed on all device associated with this particular Google Play account. In the "All" list, each uninstalled app has an X in the top right corner of its box. Obviously, taping on that X removes the app (not before you’re being asked if you really want to do that). 

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12 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Honestly didn't know this was possible

3. bendgate unregistered

To know it, you have to use it. But you are too busy bashing Android when you don't even use it.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're the only one bashing here

11. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

I already knew this years ago and I know this article is just for beginners. Just sayin

2. wolverinexmen9

Posts: 112; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Phonearena is posting just about anything right now until Lollipop comes out lol

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

now i know how to uninstall my apps, thanks PA..:)

8. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

This does not uninstall them, it merely removes them from the list of apps you once installed. To uninstall, one way is to go into settings, apps, find the one you want, and tapping on it gives a choice including uninstall.

5. mimranmaan

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

That is helpful, nice tip. Keep it up

7. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

i shared my Gmail among 3 Android devices, which are my phone, tablet and TV box. 3 of them are obviously having different apps, and this method of removing apps from app list simply won't work for me, because after removing a certain app, it will appear on the list again.

9. maherk

Posts: 6873; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Turn off gmail syncing from your other 2 devices and when you're done sync them again.

10. msalmanrasheed

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

I've to many apps, Any way to delete all at once...!!

12. Value4Realty

Posts: 1; Member since: May 10, 2015

I don't want to delete the history of an app being purchased. I just don't want my phone to auto install all my old apps after a reset. I got a new phone but kept my old phone. When I connected to my google account it installed all my old phone's apps to my new phone without letting me pick which ones. Any ideas? One of the ones I installed takes over my mobile hotspot and even when I uninstall it my verizon hotspot does not work.

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