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Installing, Opening, and Uninstalling Apps on Your HP Tablet (Android 4.1/Jelly Bean)

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This document applies to HP tablets with Android 4.1/Jelly Bean operating system.
An app, or application, is a software program -- for example, a game -- designed to run on a mobile device, such as the HP tablet. Apps can serve a range of purposes, including entertainment, education, productivity, and more. HP tablets that use the Android operating system can only run Android apps, which are available from the Google Play Store (in English).
This document guides you through the basics of installing, opening, and uninstalling apps on your HP tablet.

Installing a new app on your HP tablet

Find new apps for your tablet in the Google Play Store (in English). You must be connected to a wireless network and signed into a Google Account before you can access the Play Store.
NOTE:Certain apps, such as those that require GPS functionality, may not be compatible with your tablet. On the Google Play Store app page of an incompatible app, a message stating Your device isn't compatible with this version appears, and the Install option is missing. Any Android device that does not meet the requirements or restrictions for an app cannot install or use the app.
Google Play Store features both free and paid apps. The process for installing apps that are available free of charge is slightly different from the process of installing a paid app. For information about installing apps that require payment, see Get Help with Google Play (in English), from Google Play Help.
If the app you want to install is a free app, use the following steps to install the app on your tablet:
  1. On the Home screen, touch the All apps icon, and then touch the Play Store app.
  2. To search for an app, touch the search icon at the top of the page, and then type the app name or a keyword.
    Figure 1: Play Store app search example
    Play Store app search example
  3. Scroll down to see the available apps, and then touch an app to select it.
    The app page offers details about the app features, customer reviews, and other information.
  4. Touch Install .
  5. Read the app permissions, and then touch Accept & download . The app downloads and installs on your tablet.
    Once installed, the app is added to the All apps list and the Home screen.

Opening an installed app on your HP tablet

Apps can be opened from the All apps list, Home screen, favorites tray, Google Play Store, or the Recent apps list. Use any of the following methods to open an app:
  • Touch the All apps icon to see a list of all the apps on your tablet. Touch an app icon to open the app.
  • Touch an app icon on the Home screen or in the favorites tray to open the app. For information about adding and removing apps on the Home screen and in the favorites tray, refer to the HP support document Using the Home Screen and Navigation Buttons on Your HP Tablet .
  • Touch the Play Store app icon, and then touch the download icon at the top of the page to view My Apps. Touch the app from the My Apps list to open the app page, and then touch Open to open the app.
  • To open a recently used app, touch the Recent apps navigation button. A list of recently used apps displays. Touch an app from the list to open the app. Touch and hold the app and drag it off the side of the screen to remove it from the recent apps list.

Uninstalling an app on your HP tablet

If you have an app installed on your tablet that you no longer want, uninstall the app from the All apps list, the Settings menu, or the Google Play Store. Uninstalled apps, including paid apps that you previously purchased, can be reinstalled at any time from the Google Play Store (in English). Use any of the following methods to uninstall an app from your tablet.
NOTE:HP tablets come with pre-installed apps, called system apps . These apps are part of the Android operating system and cannot be uninstalled.
Use this method to uninstall an app by dragging the app icon from the All apps list onto the trash can icon:
  1. On the Home screen, touch the All apps icon.
  2. Locate the app you want to uninstall.
  3. Touch and hold the app until options appear at the top of the screen.
  4. Drag the app to the top of the screen, and position it on top of the trash can icon labeled Uninstall .
    Figure 2: Uninstall
    Uninstall
    NOTE:If an Uninstall option is not available, the app is likely a system app that cannot be removed from your tablet.
  5. When the app icon and the word Uninstall both turn red, release the app.
    Figure 3: Uninstall app
    Uninstall app
  6. Touch OK to confirm.
    Figure 4: Uninstall app confirmation
    Uninstall app confirmation
  7. When you see the Uninstall finished screen, touch OK .
    The app is uninstalled, and can be reinstalled at any time from the Google Play Store (in English).
Use this method to uninstall an app from the App info page, accessed through the tablet Settings menu:
  1. On the Home screen, touch the All apps icon, and then touch the Settings icon.
  2. In the Device section, touch Apps .
    Figure 5: Apps
    Apps in the Device section of the Settings menu
  3. In the Downloaded apps list, locate the app you want to uninstall. Touch the app to view the App info page.
    Figure 6: App in the Downloaded apps list
    App in the Downloaded apps list
  4. Touch Uninstall .
    NOTE:If an Uninstall option is not available, the app is likely a system app that cannot be removed from your tablet.
    Figure 7: Uninstall
    Uninstall on the App info page
  5. Touch OK to confirm.
    Figure 8: Uninstall app confirmation
    Uninstall app confirmation
  6. When you see the Uninstall finished screen, touch OK .
    The app is uninstalled, and can be reinstalled at any time from the Google Play Store (in English).
Use this method to uninstall an app from the app's page in the Google Play Store:
  1. On the Home screen, touch the All apps icon, and then touch the Play Store app.
  2. Touch the download icon at the top of the page to view My Apps.
  3. Touch the app from the My Apps list to open the app page.
  4. At the top of the app page, touch Uninstall .
  5. Touch OK to confirm.
    The app is uninstalled, and can be reinstalled at any time from the Google Play Store (in English).