Google Play will soon add support for uninstalling apps on connected Android devices

Google is adding a new feature for the Play Store that allows users to remotely uninstall apps on their signed-in devices. The functionality will be supported on all Android instances, enabling users to easily remove apps from various devices such as watches, TVs, Auto, Wear OS-powered smartwatches, and more, directly from their smartphones. 

Typically, uninstalling apps from connected Android devices involves navigating through Play Store settings. However, with the upcoming Play Store version 38.8, users can access a hidden remote uninstall option in the “Manage Apps” section. 

The feature allows users to view and uninstall apps on different Android devices from their current device, enhancing convenience and streamlining the app management process. While the feature is still in development and not widely available, its potential to simplify app removal across various devices is anticipated. 

The ability to sort apps by storage usage on other devices adds an extra layer of functionality, especially for users managing apps on platforms like Google TV, according to TheSpAndroid.

On Monday, Google also announced changes to its Play Store to settle an antitrust challenge. As part of the settlement, the company will expand the user choice billing program, enabling developers to display different purchase costs in the app based on the chosen billing method. 

The company will also simplify the sideloading process and update the language that informs users about these potential risks of downloading apps directly from the web for the first time.

Written by Maya Robertson


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