November 22nd, 2012, 08:06 AM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Marlton, NJ
Device(s): Verizon LG G2,
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As someone who's owned multiple phones and tablets, not once have apps automatically downloaded. And I prefer it that way since there are phone apps that are wasted on a tablet and vice versa. However, some claim there apps do. I've never looked into that much as to why. I think it had to do with the Nexus 7. Perhaps Google set it up that way.
When you activate a new device to your Google account, it makes a new entry. So only apps installed on that device show up. Think of it like adding a new person in the house. Everyone has the same address, but different social security numbers. All the apps you've ever used are shown in the play store, but only the ones you chose to install are associated with that device.
Now if you do a factory reset and reactivate, it should immediately recognize the serial number and redownload all the apps associated with that device. But if you add a new device with different SN, it shouldn't. So I think everything is working the way it should.
For example, I just bought a new tablet a few days ago. I activated it with my account and the only updates in the play store were for apps that came preinstalled, like maps. In the play store, I saw all the apps I've ever used under the "ALL" tab. Under the "INSTALLED" tab, it was basically empty. I just went down the list in the "ALL" tab and hit install for all the apps I wanted to install to this new tablet. Took about 10 minutes