Google lets you Try Out Apps before downloading them in the Play Store

Google lets you Try Out Apps before downloading them in the Play Store

Google announced , back in Google I/O which lets users to try the app before downloading/installing. Apps to Try Now was recently rolled out to the Play Store, and it allows you to instantly use an application without having to first download it onto your phone. If you like the app, download the full version and keep on being you. If you don’t like what you see, simply stop using the app; no need to then find the application and uninstall it from your device.

Android Instant Apps is a system that allows app developers to shrink down their applications into smaller packages that can be used without having to download them locally onto your phone, and the initial use case for this tech was to allow you to jump into an app via a Google Search even if you didn’t have said app downloaded.

Android Instant Apps has had a pretty slow rollout, with the platform only being opened to all developers this past May. Pushing this tech to the Play Store only makes sense, and while it’s unclear if this will be available for paid apps in addition to free ones, it should still prove to be a nice convenience. There are currently eight apps that you can try in this new manner, including the likes of BuzzFeed, NYTimes Crosswords, Red Bull TV, Skyscanner, and others. You can check out the full list at Play Store.



If your phone runs Android 6.0, you can go to your phone’s settings to enable Instant Apps:
1. From your home screen swipe down on the notification shade
2. Tap on Settings (the cog icon)
3. Scroll down and tap on Google
4. Tap on Instant Apps, Toggle feature On, Confirm you agree to the terms by tapping, Yes, I’m in.

Once you are done enabling Instant Apps, you can then search for a compatible app and begin using it. Right now, there are over 50 apps compatible with Instant Apps, including Jet, Onefootball, Citymapper, Realtor, Jet, Vimeo, dotloop, NYTimes Crosswords and many more.

Access an Instant App: It’s possible to access an Instant App from any URL, including search, social media, messaging, and other deep links. The easiest way is just to search for an app from Google. Example:
1. Go to a Google search page
2. Enter your search term, such as Vimeo
3. Tap on the first result
4. Use the app, or if you want the whole experience, tap on Get the app to download it from the Play Store.


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