How to Buy Android Apps

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How to Buy Android Apps
Buy apps to enhance your Android experience. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The Android Market allows you to download applications, games and tools for free and for a fee to enhance the functionality of your Android-powered phone. The market operates with Google Checkout, which means you need an account to purchase apps. You can set up your Google Checkout account online and start browsing through the Android Market immediately.

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  1. 1

    Visit the Google Checkout webite and click "Sign up now." Enter your personal information. If you already have a Google account, you can sign in using your Google account username and password and then add your billing information. You must have a credit card number on file to download paid apps, and you must have a Google account to download free apps.

  2. 2

    Press the home button on your Android device, then tap "Market." If it's your first time using the Android Market, you need to confirm that you agree to the terms and conditions, which will appear before you can begin browsing. You can also visit the Android Market website to browse and buy apps from your PC and have them sent to your phone or tablet.

  3. 3

    Browse through the applications available by categories, such as games, entertainment or health and fitness, or use the tabs at the top of the screen to filter results by popularity or price.

  4. 4

    Tap an application icon to learn more about it. You can read the application description, see screen shots and read reviews before you decide to purchase.

  5. 5

    Touch the "Buy" or "Install" button to verify your information and download the app directly to your Android-powered device. You may need to enter your password before the download begins, depending on the last time you accessed your Google Checkout account.

  6. 6

    View the email account associated with your Google Checkout account for receipts for your Android Market purchases.

Tips and warnings

  • If your device did not come with the official Android Market installed, contact your service provider or device manufacturer to find out how you can purchase apps.

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