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Purchase/Download, Install Apps on your Samsung Galaxy Alpha via Galaxy Apps, Play Store or Galaxy Essentials

In this guide, we'll help you download, install and uninstall apps on the Galaxy using the Samsung Galaxy Apps, Play Store or via Galaxy Essentials. Read on to learn more.

You can download, install or uninstall apps on your Galaxy Alpha device using the Play Store or Galaxy Apps tool. Let's start with the Galaxy Apps.
Samsung Galaxy Apps is an application used to purchase and download apps on your Samsung devices, including the new Galaxy Alpha smartphone.


The Galaxy Apps may not be available in some regions or service provider. So it would be better if you ask your service provider beforehand. If it's available, then you may proceed with using this app to download, install or uninstall applications on your new Alpha device.

Using Galaxy Apps on Galaxy Alpha 

  • To use Galaxy, tap on Apps from the Home screen.
  • From the Apps screen, tap on Galaxy Apps. Doing so will open the Galaxy Apps tool. You may now start using the Galaxy Apps tool to download and install apps on your device.

Downloading/Installing Applications via Galaxy Apps on Galaxy Alpha 

  • You can browse apps by category or tap to search for a keyword to find the application you want to download and install in your Alpha device. But before you download an application,  viewing/reading the information about it is highly recommended.
  • You may choose to download apps for free or purchase apps for your device. To download apps for free, tap Free.  To purchase and download apps, tap the button that displays the app's cost.
  • To prevent automatic updates, change the auto update settings by tapping on Settings, select Auto update apps, and then choose an option.

 Using Play Store on Galaxy Alpha

Another popular tool used for purchasing and downloading applications for your Samsung device is the Play Store. 

To use the Play Store on your Galaxy Alpha, tap on Apps, then select Play Store from the Apps screen. When you’re already in the Play Store, you can browse apps by category or tap to search for an app to download/purchase and install on your device. Again, be sure to review the app information before you purchase or download it.

To download apps for free via Play Store, tap Install. To purchase and download apps, tap the price and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

You can also change the auto update settings for an app. To do so, tap on Settings, select Auto-update apps, then select an option.

Download apps via GALAXY Essentials

GALAXY Essentials is another means you can use to download suggested applications on your new Samsung Galaxy device. With this tool, you can view and download any of the dedicated Galaxy device applications.

To use GALAXY Essentials, tap Apps, then select GALAXY Essentials to open the application. Alternately, you can go to the Home screen, tap on the GALAXY Essentials widget and then tap next to an application. 

For quick downloads, you may choose to download all apps in the list by tapping Download all.

Manage apps on the Galaxy Alpha

You can uninstall or disable certain applications, including default apps on your Galaxy Alpha, when necessary. 

To disable default applications, tap Apps from the Home screen, and then tap on the option to uninstall/disable apps. The option appears on the applications you can disable. Choose an app to disable and then tap Disable.

To uninstall downloaded apps, tap Apps, and then tap Downloaded apps from the Apps screen

Another way is to tap on Apps, select Settings from the Apps screen, tap Download Manager, select the app to uninstall, and then finally, tap Uninstall.

If you want to view or use any hidden apps on your Galaxy Alpha, tap Apps, tap Show disabled apps, select the apps to enable, and then tap Done

Another way is to tap Apps, select Settings, tap Application manager, scroll to disabled, select an app to re-enable, and then tap Enable.

If you don't want others to view certain apps on your device, then simply hide these apps. You can hide apps only in the Apps screen but can continue to use hidden apps on your Galaxy Alpha.


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