Best ways to recover deleted or uninstalled Android apps

Mehvish June 28, 2022


Are you trying to remember the name of an app you installed but then removed a long time ago? I am sure you are in the same boat as me when you test a whole range of apps. What if I told you that there are easier ways to check a list of uninstalled apps than relying on your own goldfish memory? So here is how you can easily find deleted apps on Android. Let us get started.

Google Play Store Support
Google Support

Google Play Store website or app

The Google Play Shop offers a function that allows you to view previously installed apps. As this is a native feature, you do not need to download any third-party software or sign up separately. Before doing so, make sure you are signed in with the same Google account you used before. This will also help restore previous purchases, if any.

Follow the following steps:

  • Launch the Google Play Store on your phone or open in your browser.
  • Select Manage applications & device (Library and devices in browser) from the menu after tapping on the profile picture icon at the top.
  • Select the Manage(Apps tab in your browser) option in play store app.
  • Then, from the menu, pick "Not installed" from the "Installed tag" in play store app.
  • The list of removed apps may be seen here. Because there is no search option, simply scroll down to locate the app you're searching for.
  • Finally, Sort alphabetically or by most recently installed using the Sort icon.
  • When you find the app you are looking for, tap it to open the app information page, then tap the Install button to reinstall it on your phone.
    • Check-in the checkbox next to the apps to select multiple apps. Then press the Install button at the top to download multiple apps.


How can I find an app that has been removed from the Google Play Shop?

The Godgle Play Store shows the apps that can still be accessed (installed or not). If a developer has deleted an app, you can find its APK on the following websites if you remember the name.

How can I view the app installation history on my Android phone?

To view the history of app installations, navigate to the Manage apps section in the Google Play Shop. Alternatively, you can use third-party apps such as App Install History to view the list of installed apps on your phone and other data.

How can I discover purchased apps in the Google Play Shop?

To discover purchased apps in the Google Play Shop, tap the profile picture icon, then select Payments & Subscriptions, Budget & History from the menu. Scroll down to find the app you are looking for.

Final words

I prefer the native technique because it does not require the installation of additional apps. However, if you test a lot of apps like I do, using third-party software to identify deleted apps is a better alternative. Finally, learn how to find out which apps are popular in each country.

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