How to Try Out Apps without Installing with Android Instant Apps

Google Instant Apps was first announced back in 2016 at Google I/O. Thanks to these apps, you can try out apps without having to install them on your Android device. You mainly use a cloud-based version of the app in question and don’t have to waste time installing it.

The downside to Instant Apps is that not all apps on Google Play support it. If you want to see if the game your friend recommended is worth it, you might need to install it if it doesn’t have an Instant App version. Keep in mind that you will need to be running Android 6.0 or higher to be able to use Instant Apps.

How to Enable Google Play Instant Apps

You can’t use Google Play Instant if it’s not enabled on your Android device. To turn it on, head over to your device’s Settings and swipe down until you see the Google option. Once you’re in, swipe down again until you see the “Instant Apps” option.


Toggle it on (if it’s not on already) and when you do, Google will show you some information to read. At the bottom-right you’ll see the “Yes, I’m In” button to make activation final. If you have various Google accounts, you will need to decide which one you’re going to use.

How to Use Android Instant Apps

Using Android Instant Apps is very easy – you don’t have to deal with difficult instructions since you only have to tap on one button. With apps that have an Instant App version, you’ll see a “Try Now” button next to the Install button. That’s the button that will easily identify an instant app.

At least for now, the downside is that not every single app you may want to try has an Instant App version. So far, the ones you can try out are The New York Times Crossword Puzzle, Vimeo, and Jet.

If what you’re looking for are Instant Game Apps, you can try apps such as Words with Friends 2Solitaire, Clash Royale, Mighty Battles, and Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire.

These are just some suggestions, but it doesn’t mean that there aren’t more out there. You can easily identify Instant Apps by the “Try Now” button. Once you’re done using the Instant App, it’s going to be stored in the page you first came across when you first set up Instant Apps.

Google Play is not the only place you’ll find Instant Apps. You can also find them in Google’s search results. If there’s a site that has an instant app, you’ll see “Instant” beside the site’s search results. If you select it, you can either choose to go to the site or use the Instant App.



Thanks to Instant Apps, you can try out the app and see if it has what you’re looking for. This can come in handy if you’re dealing with an app that takes a while to load. Which Instant App do you recommend? Share your recommendation in the comments below.

Fabio Buckell

Just a simple guy that can't enough of Technology in general and is always surrounded by at least one Android and iOS device. I'm a Pizza addict as well.

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