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Old March 18th, 2012, 07:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there a way to remove apps from Google Play Account?

I understand the paid ones need to stay, but i have a lot of apps/games that I've installed to
try or play and no longer want, and would like to remove them from the actual Market.

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Excellent question. I see apps that I tried for fifteen seconds last year, and there they sit on the Market/Play list, like I’m still using them. I asked your question here months ago, hope you get a better answer.
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I have never seen an answer to this question. If you have one, I will be thrilled.
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Here’s the answer, or lack thereof:

Permanently removing uninstalled apps

At this time, there is no way to permanently delete or remove apps from the Google Play website (My Orders/My Android Apps) or from the Google Play Store app (My Apps) that you’ve previously downloaded but have since uninstalled.

Uninstalling apps using the Google Play website

Android apps may only be uninstalled from the device itself - there is no way to remotely uninstall items from play.google.com.
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Bugger!!

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I just installed AppBrain for the umpteenth time -- I delete it occasionally to give The Market one more chance -- and noticed something curious:

Why is it that they, who aren’t directly connected to the Market, show exactly what’s on my phone, show nothing that is isn’t, whether I view this on my PC or my phone? How can they do something that Google has said is impossible?
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Sideloaded apps are becoming more of a pain. It seems Titanium Backup is struggling to detatch from the market. They always used to come back but now They dont even go. So I have updates for sideloaded apps that I cannot update as they were purchased elsewhere / free versions of paid apps.

Also things like google search which is an update to a poorer version than what I have is listed to update and un-detatchable. Whats worse is it does not sit in the "manual" update section so now I have to "UPDATE ALL" and quickly go and cancel the search from updating.
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Spoke to Google Play support yesterday, they are aware that this is an annoying issue and claim to be "working on it". No fix yet as it is in their database.
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Spoke to Google Play support yesterday, they are aware that this is an annoying issue and claim to be "working on it". No fix yet as it is in their database.
Google Play has a support number?
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Wow. Now I'm wondering what other information will about suddenly become visible from my phone. All anyone has to do is open up your market to see a list of every single app you ever downloaded on any of your Android devices.
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Spoke to Google Play support yesterday, they are aware that this is an annoying issue and claim to be "working on it". No fix yet as it is in their database.
You will get different answers from each support person you talk to sadly. I've also been told it isn't a bug and is working as intended.

It's supposed to be an "easy way to find and install past apps" in case of a factory format.
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You will get different answers from each support person you talk to sadly. I've also been told it isn't a bug and is working as intended.

It's supposed to be an "easy way to find and install past apps" in case of a factory format.
That's all fine and good, but it should only install past apps that I bought from Google. Not past apps that I bought from other app stores. That's the problem.
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I don't see apps from a different source at all,unless im looking in the wrong place.here is what im doing,open up play store,settings then my apps right?all i see are apps from play store
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I don't see apps from a different source at all,unless im looking in the wrong place.here is what im doing,open up play store,settings then my apps right?all i see are apps from play store
He means for example, the apps you might pick up from Getjar's app store.

They show up as purchased in the Google Play Store. The problem is that often these Getjar apps won't get updates but you can't uninstall them and re-buy them from the Google Play Store because they're listed as already purchased.
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He means for example, the apps you might pick up from Getjar's app store.

They show up as purchased in the Google Play Store. The problem is that often these Getjar apps won't get updates but you can't uninstall them and re-buy them from the Google Play Store because they're listed as already purchased.
Typically what I do with sideloaded apps is use TB to break the market link. This works about 90% of the time. Honestly, I don't see a lot of app developers wanting Google to remove the history of apps from Play. The potentional for a sale exists ("Oh, I forgot about this app, it was great! I should buy it!").

Just my two cents on it.
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He means for example, the apps you might pick up from Getjar's app store.

They show up as purchased in the Google Play Store. The problem is that often these Getjar apps won't get updates but you can't uninstall them and re-buy them from the Google Play Store because they're listed as already purchased.
The problem is that the Play Store uses the package name to identify an app, and some (many?) developers use the same package name across multiple stores.

There's a workaround for the issue of not being able to buy apps in the Play Store after having installed them from somewhere else and removed them:

xda-developers - View Single Post - Can't buy an app on market after purchasing it on amazon and uninstalling?

This worked for me.
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He means for example, the apps you might pick up from Getjar's app store.

They show up as purchased in the Google Play Store. The problem is that often these Getjar apps won't get updates but you can't uninstall them and re-buy them from the Google Play Store because they're listed as already purchased.
For me Amazon is the biggest offender. I'm also finding that I can't break market links with TB any more. Used to work, but doesn't. I think the issue is with the Market though, not TB.
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The problem is that the Play Store uses the package name to identify an app, and some (many?) developers use the same package name across multiple stores.

There's a workaround for the issue of not being able to buy apps in the Play Store after having installed them from somewhere else and removed them:

xda-developers - View Single Post - Can't buy an app on market after purchasing it on amazon and uninstalling?

This worked for me.
A lot of them I don't want to re-purchase. In a lot of cases I've found that an update to the app completely breaks the functionality that I like. Rather than go search for another app, I just break the market link and the app never gets updated.
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It's supposed to be an "easy way to find and install past apps" in case of a factory format.
I appreciate that but since my wife and I share the same Google Play account
I have 20 pages of apps in that list and over half of thos are not apps we use or want, just apps we test and deleted,
surely i should be able to remove those from my account.

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I appreciate that but since my wife and I share the same Google Play account
I have 20 pages of apps in that list and over half of thos are not apps we use or want, just apps we test and deleted,
surely i should be able to remove those from my account.

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Doubtful... It's a way to possibly still generate sales on older apps. The big developers are the ones that pushed for the full app history in the first place. If Google ever does provide a way to delete them, I guarantee you that it will still not be what we want.
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Doubtful... It's a way to possibly still generate sales on older apps. The big developers are the ones that pushed for the full app history in the first place. If Google ever does provide a way to delete them, I guarantee you that it will still not be what we want.
I have the same problem with Amazon. I went through a phase where I bought every free app of the day they had. Now I've got a bunch of apps that I'll never use and can't get rid of them.
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I have the same problem with Amazon. I went through a phase where I bought every free app of the day they had. Now I've got a bunch of apps that I'll never use and can't get rid of them.
This worked for me-
From the Amazon Appstore:
Deleting Apps from Your Apps

To remove an app from the Your Apps list, visit the Your Apps & Devices page from a web browser and find the app you'd like to delete in the list of purchased apps. From the "Actions..." drop-down menu, select "Delete this app." Confirm you'd like to delete the app and your app will be removed from the My Apps list on all Android devices registered to your account.
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This worked for me-
From the Amazon Appstore:
Deleting Apps from Your Apps

To remove an app from the Your Apps list, visit the Your Apps & Devices page from a web browser and find the app you'd like to delete in the list of purchased apps. From the "Actions..." drop-down menu, select "Delete this app." Confirm you'd like to delete the app and your app will be removed from the My Apps list on all Android devices registered to your account.
Awesome. I like you a lot more now than I previously did.
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Wow. Now I'm wondering what other information will about suddenly become visible from my phone. All anyone has to do is open up your market to see a list of every single app you ever downloaded on any of your Android devices.

Someone has secretly been downloading naughty apps and is afraid of being exposed lol.
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I have spoken with google as well and was told that the apps shown both in chrome and in the play store are kept there for a period of time for security reasons to show it is in fact your phone it gets stolen lol. Verizon gave a different, more "its something being worked on" issue. There are apps and phones I dont own anymore listed in chromes dashboard as are the apps. Oddly only a few apps that are preinstalled are shown there and are from my old bionic though. There are only a few listed that are on my new phone. Dont think its a bug or something they are looking into fixing
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This really is a joke, a total mess.

Like many people, I tried a load of apps which I found to be pretty crap. Mostly free apps. But they still show.

Google's "updated/uprated" Play is rubbish.

Can't sort by status (i.e. installed or not)
Can't filter by cost (i.e. paid or not)
Can't remove devices (sorry, sold that HTC phone 2 years ago!!)
Can't uninstall apps remotely but can install them?

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Can't remove the crappy apps I have no intention of ever buying or installing but which clog up the list and stop me making use of the ability to reinstall.

What CAN we do Google?
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This really is a joke, a total mess.

Like many people, I tried a load of apps which I found to be pretty crap. Mostly free apps. But they still show.

Google's "updated/uprated" Play is rubbish.

Can't sort by status (i.e. installed or not)
Can't filter by cost (i.e. paid or not)
Can't remove devices (sorry, sold that HTC phone 2 years ago!!)
Can't uninstall apps remotely but can install them?

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Can't remove the crappy apps I have no intention of ever buying or installing but which clog up the list and stop me making use of the ability to reinstall.

What CAN we do Google?

The apps listed are not able to be downloaded again? am I reading that right? I havent tried because, like you they are apps I have no intention of reusing anyway. Still doesnt make it right. I would honestly have those apps listed though than have to deal with the garbage apps Verizon installs at will which I have never used.

Your only real option is the ability to hide the phone on the list so you cant see it there anymore but not sure if that rids the app list.
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Here’s the answer, or lack thereof:

Permanently removing uninstalled apps

At this time, there is no way to permanently delete or remove apps from the Google Play website (My Orders/My Android Apps) or from the Google Play Store app (My Apps) that you’ve previously downloaded but have since uninstalled.

Uninstalling apps using the Google Play website

Android apps may only be uninstalled from the device itself - there is no way to remotely uninstall items from play.google.com.
Irritating that Google doesn't have that function, but thanks for letting us know.
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You will get different answers from each support person you talk to sadly. I've also been told it isn't a bug and is working as intended.

It's supposed to be an "easy way to find and install past apps" in case of a factory format.
And then I need to remember which items I actually liked enough to leave on my phone out of seven or more screens. I have several instances where it took me multiple trials to find an app for a given function that I liked, and the rejected ones are just clutter in the list, so far as I'm concerned.
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And then I need to remember which items I actually liked enough to leave on my phone out of seven or more screens. I have several instances where it took me multiple trials to find an app for a given function that I liked, and the rejected ones are just clutter in the list, so far as I'm concerned.
I've had that experience too. You want an app that does X. So you go out and download 20 apps that all claim to do that and you go through them and test them out until you find the one you like. Then you delete the other 19 from your phone. Problem is those apps still show up. It's annoying.
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Not to mention padding the install account. The deleted apps should be subtracted.
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The best option for everyone (Google, Devs, and users) is to allow (multiple by necessity) labels and allow filtering by label, similar to what apporganizer does (which by the way integrates into titanium backup)

Google could, being nice (not evil) attach a filter label of the original install device's name (it wood be nice if it differentiated multiple same model devices also, for people that do a b1g1 sale), and by default, filter to the current device that is viewing the market.

It makes sense, would work, and won't piss anyone off. (well except for the apporganizer developer...)
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I understand the paid ones need to stay, but i have a lot of apps/games that I've installed to
try or play and no longer want, and would like to remove them from the actual Market.

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While Google doesn't allow the removal of the apps from the account, I found the following while searching for removal of a device from the account. They don't allow that either but they do allow you to hide the device from the active list. A side benefit is when you follow the steps and click on My Orders & Devices from the Google Play main page, you see the list of apps you have installed (most recent first instead of A-Z). This at least is a good way to find the more recent items you have installed and perhaps makes it a bit easier to get to the important things.

I can't post links here yet but you can search Google for the following text and it should be the first on the list:

Removing/hiding devices on Google Play website
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This also annoys the hell out of me.

I don't want to see apps listed that I've unistalled, especially as I frequently will install a free version and if I like it, purchase the full version. Why would I want to have the free version listed as well as the full purchased version?

If they want us to have the full list of apps we've previously installed, then why can't we have an archive section that only lists our old apps not installed on any device? Or, following on this theme, have an option - something like "Send to Archive"? This way we can have a nice and clean app list.
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Spoke to Google Play support yesterday, they are aware that this is an annoying issue and claim to be "working on it". No fix yet as it is in their database.
I have this very issue.

It's now listed as, "Recently Fixed" on Google Play's Known Issues page.

But I haven't seen any changes:
I manually downgraded the Google Play Store to the old Android Market (Uninstall Updates, under Settings --> Manage Applications). After about 15 minutes it auto-updated back to Google Play. Unfortunately, I'm still showing apps missing from my "Installed" page, but they show up as Installed on the "All" page.

Oddly enough, the Android Market correctly displayed all my apps as Installed.

Hrmm...
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Go here:

Issue 28964 - android - Allow removal of not installed apps from "All" tab in Google Play Store. - Android - An Open Handset Alliance Project - Google Project Hosting

and add your vote and comments to get this fixed.

There is a star near the end of the web page where you can vote for the proposed change.
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Added my vote, thanks for the link.
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You will get different answers from each support person you talk to sadly. I've also been told it isn't a bug and is working as intended.

It's supposed to be an "easy way to find and install past apps" in case of a factory format.
Certainly is that - just done a full factory reset in about 30 minutes. This is trivial compared to the hours that I spent trying to get GMail to sync.
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Certainly is that - just done a full factory reset in about 30 minutes. This is trivial compared to the hours that I spent trying to get GMail to sync.
I also just did that, but thanks to the cluttering of the list with apps I can barely remember, it took a lot longer because I had to think about a skip over a lot of them. If they don't want to remove them, the last they could do is adapt their own gmail technology and let us label them and filter on labels.

Aside from the garbage apps cluttering the list, if they really wanted to be helpful, they'd have a 3rd tab to go with INSTALLED and ALL: the UNINSTALLED list.
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I have this very issue.

It's now listed as, "Recently Fixed" on Google Play's Known Issues page.

Not anymore it's not:

[#6279670] Deleting apps from My Apps/My Orders At this time, there is no way to delete records of old apps either on the Google Play website (play.google.com) or from the My Apps section of the Google Play Store app.
If you’re in Google Play and tap Menu > My Apps, or if you’ve clicked on My Android Apps/My Orders & Devices on play.google.com and you’re trying to remove some of the apps that are listed, then you’re experiencing this behavior.
At this time, there’s no workaround available; however, we do know that some users are looking for a way to delete old apps from Google Play, and we’ll certainly take this into account as we work to improve the Google Play experience in the future.
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Open Menu > Settings > Applications > Manage applications

Scroll through the list of apps to find the one you’d like to uninstall.

Tap on the app you’d like to uninstall.

Tap Uninstall.
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Nope, sorry, go back to page one and read again. The title of the thread explains what you missed here.

Thanks for trying!

They have a legal obligation to maintain a list of all purchases, so that best that could be done is allowing categorization, or "hiding" of selected apps.
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Maybe I'm missing something, but what is the big deal of having these apps listed at Google Play ? Only problem I can see is if you have one that would be considered embarrassing (porn or something like that), one that you really wouldn't want your parents or wife to see you downloaded. Please enlighten me.
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If not a total uninstall on Play - Google should have some kind of system on uninstall. Maybe one thumbs down for app was awful, 2 for didn't work right, etc. . It would help Google itself to keep track of usage.

Reviews are no help. I don't often write one as I don't feel like typing on the phone or logging in on the pc.
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