How to Install Paid Applications on Multiple Android Devices without Repurchase

Android Market LogoWith ever growing number of Android phones, people have already started using two phones which are the primary as well as the secondary phones as the Android phones, so for all those who have multiple Android phones, they might not buy multiple copies of the Android application for your Android phones. The reason being, you can now install the paid applications on your Android devices without purchasing them again. All you need to do is to just follow the instructions which we will be seeing in the due course of this article.

In the due course of this article we will see a small tutorial with the help of the interactive images on how you can make use the apps which you have purchased just once to other Android devices which you use easily. The method which we will be going to see works without any issues whose devices are powered by the Gingerbread 2.3 / Froyo 2.2 release and also comes with the latest version of Android Market Place. Please note that we have tested this on all the Froyo 2.2 as well as on the Gingerbread 2.3 based phones but we haven’t tested this on the Eclair 2.1 based phones.

Please note that to make the above thing possible you must need to upgrade your existing Android Market Place to the latest version which is the Android Market 3.0 or higher. You can download the new Android Market Place easily and install the same. Once you are done with the up gradation of the Market Place, you are now all set to follow the instructions which are mentioned below. Please note that even if you miss single instruction, the chances are that you may not be able to get the applications moved to the another Android device. The below feature can’t be configured or be availed on the older versions of the Android Market Place, so its necessary to update with the latest release of Android Market Place whose link is mentioned above.

Though, this feature is not enabled in the older Android Market versions, this trick is very helpful if you really have multiple Android devices. So, let’s get started and head for the procedure.

Procedure to install Purchased apps on Multiple Android Devices :

  • First of all you will have to enter the Google Account credentials in the device in which you wish to see the purchased apps. To add an account, you will have to go to the “Settings” in your Android device and then tap on the “Accounts & Sync” and then choose “Add Account” to add an account. You can also refer to the below shown screen shot where in we have shown on how we have added the account.

Accounts and Sync

  • Once you have added an account, you will have to the Android Market Place, tap on the Menu and then go to the “Accounts”. Choose the appropriate Google Account as shown below.

Android Market Place Settings

  • Up next, you will have to tap on the “Menu” and then you will have to hit on the “My Apps” section to view all the applications which you have purchased.

My Apps in Android Market Place

  • You can also alternatively press on the Menu key to choose the “My Apps” to view the same. In this section, you will see that the apps which you have purchased with that account but not installed in that device will show you “Not Installed”. All you need to do is to just tap on the same to install these back on your alternate Android device.

My Apps

That’s it you have now successfully installed the purchased applications even on your another Android device thus avoiding you to purchase the applications again and again multiple times. Let us know if there are any issues in configuring the same or you have any issues while getting the apps back on your device in the comments section below and we will try to solve all of them at the earliest. Please note that just in case if you are unable to get the apps, turn Off the Phone once and then try to again follow the instructions from the start as sometimes the Google Accounts needs to be refreshed which can be done by restarting the phone.

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  1. TeeJay

    September 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Not sure when it started that you could not use paid apps more then once on the same Google Market Account:

    I have been an AnDrOiD Addict for a lil over 2 years now, July 5th was 2 years to be exact, which is when i got my HTC Supersonic aka EVO 4G. Shortly after that, i bought a Samsung Epic 4G. Since then i have used, at least 2-3 Android devices on the Google Market at one time. Right now and for the past 4 months, i have (4) Android Smartphones and (2) Android Tablets all using the Google Market and using the same email address for my Google Market Account Log In…

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