How to Sync Apps Between Android Devices Using Google Play Store

If you own multiple Android devices like phones, tablets, or Chromebooks, you don't have to manually install and manage your apps on each device. Thanks to the sync feature in the Google Play Store, you can easily sync apps across your devices. When you install an app through the Play Store, it will automatically be installed on all your other devices. In this article, we will show you how to sync apps between Android devices and Chromebooks using the Play Store sync feature.

What Is Sync Apps to Devices Feature on Google Play Store

If you use the same set of apps and services on all your devices, such as Spotify, Netflix, games, and more, the app syncing feature in the Play Store is perfect for you. This feature automatically syncs your apps across your devices, and it even supports two-way sync. You have the flexibility to choose which apps to sync from your first phone and install them on your second phone, but not the other way around.

For example, you can sync your phone apps with your tablet, so you can access all your work-related apps on both devices. However, any games or streaming services you install on your tablet will not be synced back to your phone.

Sync Apps Between Android Devices Using Google Play Store

To sync apps between your Android devices using the Play Store, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure all your devices are logged in with the same Google account.
  2. Open the Play Store app on your phone.
  3. Tap on the profile picture at the top right corner and select “Manage apps & devices” from the menu.
  4. On the next page, tap on the “Sync apps to devices” option.
  5. You will see a list of all the Android and Chromebook devices logged in with your Google account. Enable the checkbox beside the devices you want to sync apps to.
  6. Once enabled, any apps you install from the Play Store on your phone will automatically be installed on the selected devices within minutes, as long as they are connected to the internet.

Note: This sync feature only syncs apps you install on your phone to the selected devices. If you want to install apps from your tablet to other devices, you need to enable the feature and select the devices manually on your tablet.


  1. What happens if there is no tablet alternative?
    If the same app is not available in the tablet version, it will not be installed on the tablet. Even if there is a separate tablet version app, it will not get installed on the tablet.

  2. Will it also sync apps' uninstallation?
    No, when you sync devices, it only syncs apps' installation. If you uninstall an app, it will not get uninstalled from the synced devices. You need to manually uninstall them.

  3. Will it sync and install old apps that are already installed?
    No, this feature only starts syncing when you enable it. It will not install all the previous apps you have already installed on your device.

Sync Apps Access Android and Chrome OS devices

Apart from automatically syncing devices to share apps, you can also manually share apps between two Android devices. Additionally, the Google Play Store has a Share apps feature. To access it, go to Play Store > Profile Pic > Manage apps and devices, and tap on the Send button beside the Share apps option.

Now you can easily sync your apps between your Android devices using the Google Play Store sync feature. Enjoy a seamless app experience across all your devices!