The Google Play Store allows you to create a wish list of apps and other content that you may want to download or purchase later. This can be very useful for keeping track of apps you’re interested in trying, but don’t want to install right away.
Table of Contents
- Adding Apps to Your Wish List
- Viewing and Managing Your Wish List
- Why Use the Wish List Feature
- Tips for Managing Your Wish List
- Other Bookmarking Options
- Frequently Asked Questions
Adding Apps to Your Wish List
Adding apps to your wish list in the Google Play Store is easy. Here are the steps:
- Open the Google Play Store app on your Android device
- Search or browse for the app you want to add
- Tap on the app to view its details page
- Tap “Add to wishlist” (it’s in the top right corner on the details page)
You’ll see a confirmation that the app has been added to your wish list. Repeat these steps to add more apps.
Viewing and Managing Your Wish List
Once you’ve added some apps to your wish list, you can view and manage them:
- Open the Google Play Store app
- Tap on your profile icon in the top right corner
- Select “Library”
- Choose “Wishlist” to see all your saved apps
From your wish list, you can:
- Install apps directly to your device
- Remove apps from your wish list
- Prioritize which apps show first in your list
You can also tap into each app’s details page to get more information before deciding to install.
Why Use the Wish List Feature
There are a few great reasons to use the Google Play Store wish list:
- Keep track of apps to try later – If you don’t have time to try out an app right now or want to do more research first, the wish list lets you save apps you’re interested in to revisit later.
- Remember apps you uninstalled – Sometimes you uninstall apps to free up space but might want to reinstall them later. The wish list gives you an easy way to find those apps again without having to search the entire Play Store catalog.
- Save apps you can’t install yet – If an app isn’t compatible with your device or Android version, you can still add it to your wish list to install when you upgrade your phone.
- Organize apps by category – You can create different wish lists for different types of apps, like games, productivity tools, etc. This keeps things organized so you can find apps more easily later.
Tips for Managing Your Wish List
To get the most out of the Google Play Store wish list functionality, keep these tips in mind:
- Remove apps once you’ve installed them to keep your list relevant. Apps disappear from your wish list when installed.
- Prioritize your list with your most wanted apps at the top. You can easily change priorities right from the wish list.
- Name your wish lists for better organization if you create multiple lists. The default names are Wishlist 1, Wishlist 2, etc.
- Use wish lists as bookmarks by adding browser links to articles, tutorials, app reviews, or anything else you want to read later.
- Check back on your wishlisted apps periodically to see if any have gone on sale. The wish list doesn’t notify you of sales or deals.
Other Bookmarking Options
While the Play Store wish list is very convenient, there are a few other options for bookmarking apps:
- Use your browser’s bookmarks – Create a bookmarks folder for apps and save Play Store links there. Syncs across devices if you use sync.
- Dedicated bookmarking apps – Apps like Pocket, Listy, and Raindrop.io let you bookmark Play Store links to access later. Most have tagging and organization features.
- Note-taking apps – Save Play Store links in notes apps like Google Keep, Evernote, OneNote, etc. Add tags for easy searching later.
- App recommendation apps – Apps like AppWatcher and MyLib let you track apps to try later. Some recommend apps based on your interests.
- App sales trackers – Apps like AppSales notify you when wishlisted apps go on sale or change price so you know when to purchase.
The Google Play Store wish list certainly isn’t your only option for bookmarking apps, but it is one of the simplest. Evaluate different methods to see which app bookmarking system works best for your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I access my wish list from a computer?
No, unfortunately your Google Play Store wish list is only available on the Android app. It does not sync over to the web version of the Play Store. However, you can bookmark Play Store web pages in your desktop browser’s bookmarks to achieve something similar.
Does the wish list automatically install apps?
No, adding an app to your wish list does not install it. You will still have to manually tap to install any wishlisted apps when you are ready. The wish list is solely for bookmarking apps to make them easier to find later.
Can I recover my wish list if I get a new phone?
As long as you sign into the Play Store on your new Android device with the same Google account, your wish list should sync over and be restored. This allows you to easily pick up where you left off with app discovery.
Are there limits on how many apps I can add to my wish list?
There is no official limit on the number of apps you can add to your wish list. However, extremely long wish lists (in the thousands of apps) may impact performance. Focus on quality over quantity by only wishlisting apps you are genuinely interested in downloading.
Can I get a notification if an app on my wish list goes on sale?
Unfortunately, no. The Play Store does not have functionality to notify you of sales for wishlisted apps. You will have to periodically check your wish list and look for price drops manually. Some third-party apps like AppSales can provide notifications, however.
The Google Play Store wish list provides a handy way to keep track of apps you want to try in the future. With just a couple taps, you can bookmark apps, games, movies, books, or other content to revisit whenever you’re ready.
Keep your wish list organized, frequently revisit it to check for sales or compatibility changes, and pair it with other bookmarking methods for maximum efficiency. With so many great apps hitting the Play Store every day, the wish list helps you save and remember the ones you’re excited to download.