[Update: Bug] Google Play Store tests a cleaner “My Apps” screen by removing the Library and Installed tabs

[Update: Bug] Google Play Store tests a cleaner “My Apps” screen by removing the Library and Installed tabs

Update 1 (4/13/2020 @ 12:58 PM EST): A representative for Google Play told AndroidPolice’s Artem Russakovskii that this change is a bug.

Over the course of the last decade, I’ve downloaded thousands of different apps from the Google Play Store. Naturally, most of these apps aren’t on my phone anymore but if I ever feel like giving any app a second shot, I can easily navigate to the Library tab in the My Apps & games section on the Play Store and download them again with just a tap. The section lists all the apps that you’ve ever downloaded using the same Google account and it makes it easy to locate that one app that you tried a long while ago and can’t remember the name of. Unfortunately, it seems like Google is now getting rid of the Library and Installed tabs in order to give the My apps & games section a cleaner look.

Currently, the My apps & games section on the Google Play Store includes a maximum of 4 different tabs — Updates, Installed, Library, and Beta. These tabs list down all the available updates, installed apps, all the apps that you’ve ever downloaded using the same Google account, and the app betas that you’re currently enrolled in, respectively. However, Google is now testing an update for the My apps & games section which removes the Library and Installed tabs. The update comes just a few days after Google added download count and app size to the app search results in the Play Store and it is already available for some users on the latest version of the Google Play Store (v. 19.5.13). The change appears to have been triggered by a server-side update and, as of now, Google has released no official information about it.  Additionally, we aren’t sure if the company will be providing an alternate method to see your previously installed apps, but we hope that they do.


Thanks to XDA Senior Member anisgvr for the tip!

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