How to Recover Uninstalled Android Apps in Google Play

How to Recover Uninstalled Android Apps

Google Play has over 19 million apps. That’s right, 19 million. With so many apps it can be a bit tricky if you are looking for a particular app. Let’s say you had an app, uninstalled it and wanted it back but you forgot the name. What do you do? Looking for that app would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. The only way you could recover the app is by looking at the history of your installed apps in Google Play. To access this app history, open the Google Play Store app and click on the hamburger icon on the upper left-hand corner. The second option should be “My Apps & Games;” select that one.

In Installed, you will see any apps that need to be updated, so if you want to you can go ahead and update them. Next to “Installed” you will see “All Tab,” and that is where you will find all the apps you have downloaded. In this tab all the apps you installed are listed along with the uninstalled apps, but you can quickly identify the uninstalled apps by the X they will have on the side. If you click on an X, you will get a message that says, “Remove (Name of App) from my apps?” and the cancel and OK options.


If you do see an app you want to recover, just tap on it, and you will be taken to the app where you can quickly reinstall it. Remember that the Play Store orders these apps from most recent to the oldest, so if the app you are looking for is a little old, you have some scrolling to do. You only have to scroll if you want to since an easier way to access old apps is by going to Google Play through your device’s browser since the apps there are ordered from oldest to most recent.


Still can’t find the app you are looking for? Make sure that you are under the Google account you were using when you downloaded that particular app. For example, if you can’t find the app, try to remember what account you were using and use the trial and error method until you find the account you were using at the time.

If you have tried all of the accounts and you still can’t find the app, there is a good chance that the app may have been removed from Google Play. Unless you had an APK backup of this app, I’m afraid that the app is long gone. I would recommend that you make a backup of all your current apps, something that can be easily done with apps such as “Apps Backup & Restore.”

When you first access the app, you will see two tabs; Installed and archived. In Installed, you will naturally see the apps you have on your phone, and in “Archived” the apps you have decided to back up. If you want to select all of the apps you have installed, just tap on the square located at the lower right-hand side.


You can also select each app individually and delete it, send the app to another device or scan it to see its overall health. Since the app is called App Backup & Restore, the name wouldn’t be entirely accurate if it didn’t also restore. That button can be found at the bottom in the middle. In Settings (the three vertical dots), you can also program the app to backup every app upon installation. Handy, don’t you think?


With this helpful information, you will always have access to uninstalled apps even if you can’t remember what they were called. Don’t forget to give the post a share, and let us know your thoughts on the tip in the comments.

Judy Sanhz

Judy Sanhz is a tech addict that always needs to have a device in her hands. She loves reading about Android, Softwares, Web Apps and anything tech related.She hopes to take over the world one day by simply using her Android smartphone!


  1. Does not help if the deleted app has been removed from the play store. This happened with the game “Angry Pooh”, I lost it for good when I had to reformat my device.

    1. Hi Zana,
      No, it doesn´t. That´s why it´s always a good idea to backup our apps so we never lose one. Sorry to hear about you losing that app. I hope you can find one that is just as good or even better. Thanks for commenting.

  2. My friend just got a new phone, but when he opens the Google Play Store, which has his correct e-mail address showing at the top, the entire option called “My apps & games” is missing – it just isn’t there at all, whereas it is there on my phone, so we knew we were looking in exactly the right place. Any ideas why that menu item might be missing, as we’ve not found any solutions on the internet yet, and it is going to make finding all his old apps really time consuming without it! Many thanks.

    1. Hi Ruth,
      That´s weird, it should be there. Has your friend tried clearing data and cache on the app or restarting the phone? But, since it´s a new phone, has he downloaded anything yet? You can test it out by downloading some apps he knows he is going to need and once you´re done, see if that option is there. Hope this helps. Thanks for commenting. =-)

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