Google Play, new ways to install apps

Mountain View has changed the management of network options for updating and installing apps from Google Play, here's how it works

How do you install an app on Android? Simple, you go to the digital store Google Play Store, choose the app and click on install. This is a process that Mountain View is changing in order to allow users to download apps to their smartphones in new ways.

In practice, Google has changed the section within the Play Store settings for choosing the network through which to download an app. Until now, by default we could update or download an app either with a Wi-Fi connection or using the SIM card's data network. This option, combined with the carelessness of some users, has created several problems for people who used up the gigabytes of their monthly subscription prematurely due to updates and application downloads.

The new data saving options in Google Play Store

From now on, Google will always warn us if we are trying to update or download an application with the data connection active and not with a Wi-Fi connection. In this way we can decide whether to continue with the operation and use the data of our monthly plan or to stop the process and resume it once connected to the Wi-Fi line. To better manage all these choices we just need to access the Google Play Store, press on the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner and tap on Settings. Here we'll find ourselves in front of a list and we'll be interested in pressingĀ on the itemsĀ  "App download preference" and "Automatic App Update". Here we'll be able to choose whether to perform these operations with both Wi-Fi and 4G or only with Wi-Fi. These are operations that we could already do in the past, but the Play Store didn't warn us about the possibility of changing these settings if we tried to update or install an app with the phone's data traffic. Now there will be a pop-up that will warn us if we use the data network to update or download new apps.