The Google Play Store has long been the hub for sourcing and downloading the latest and greatest apps on to your Android device. But with other variants of the Play Store now available for download, we’re taking a look at one of the main contenders, the Amazon Appstore.
Amazon already has a successful foothold in the Android market, with both the Kindle Fire and official Amazon app both doing well. The Appstore they’ve developed is similar to the Play Store in a lot of ways, but includes a great number of features which may sway some people to jump ship.
There’s a huge collection of apps available for Android device, and the Appstore does a good job of filtering a lot of the junk you tend to come across on the Play Store. One of the best features of the app is its ongoing ‘App of the Day’ promotion, within which Amazon gives away one paid app away for free. For this reason alone, you need to take a look at the Amazon App store. Here’s how to get started with it.
Create an account
When you open up the app you’ll need to do one of two things. Either you’ll need to sign in to the store using your existing Amazon account details, or create an entirely new Amazon account from scratch. Once you’ve entered your details, press the Sign In button to continue.
When you login you’ll find the layout of this app store completely different to that of the Play Store, so take your time to get used to it. Amazon give one paid app away each day which is listed on the home page, so you might want to check to see which app it’s today.
Select an app
Find an app you want to download and open it. You’ll now find all the details relating to the app, including a series of screenshots and a thorough description of the app. At the top of the page you’ll also find the price and developer details of the app.
Buying an app
If the app you’re purchasing requires payment, press on the Buy button to complete the transaction. If this is your first download, chances are you’ll get an error message asking you to add your payment, or an address. Follow the link provided and input your details.
Payment via gift card
Instead of paying with a debit or credit card, you do have the option to pay with a Amazon.com Gift Card. Open up the Settings menu within the app, and select the Redeem Gift Card option. After inputting the details, your account will be credited with the corresponding amount of money.
Best sellers menu
Once you’ve sorted out all your payment details, you’ll want to check out some of the most popular apps on the Appstore. The Best Sellers menu will list the most download apps recently, as well as listing the best free apps on the Appstore as well. Download whichever ones you want!
Search for an app
Due to the volume of apps on the Appstore, you might struggle trying to find any app you’re specifically looking for. With a list of apps loaded, press on the Sort button. This will bring up a menu from which you can search for an app by its reviews, price and name.
If you’re a game addict, or have children using your phone or tablet, you may want to consider disabling in-app purchases. Open up the Settings menu from within the Appstore and select the In-App Purchasing option. Here you can select or deselect the ability to purchase In-App currency and items.