Google Play Store now recommends installing previously installed apps for new devices
So, I recently received the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 as I like the idea of a slim bezel phone without having a notch at the top. However, I noticed that it was having some horrible idle battery drain even in airplane mode with just WiFi enabled. I installed BetterBatteryStats to analyze the issue and it seems to have something to do with the alarms from Google Play Services and Xiaomi Service Framework. So I did a factory reset to try to get the software as fresh as possible, but during the setup process, when updating my apps, I noticed that the Play Store had asked me if I wanted to install applications that I have used on previous devices.
A couple of other XDA team members had noticed this when setting up the Galaxy Note 9 recently and another noticed it after flashing the November factory image on the Pixel 2 XL. Then, our Editor-in-Chief saw the same notice when setting up the Huawei Mate 20 X. So it seems as if Google began to slowly test this feature over the last couple of months and has now begun to roll the feature out to more people. For those who have a new phone that’s just being set up, be sure to check the application updates tab within the Play Store as that is where we’re seeing this message.
For those of you who disable auto updates for your apps, you’ll find this message in the same area of your updates tab. After recently setting up a new phone, Google has started to recommend that you install apps you’ve used before on other devices. In this specific screenshot, Mishaal was told that Google was aware of 10 different apps that he used on previous devices. I know there are a number of apps that I always install when I am setting up a new device and it is a pain to go through and search for each of them.
Naturally, you don’t have to install all of them or install any at all. Google offers you a Review All button to tap that lets you go through and pick out which apps from the Play Store that you want to install on your new device.