How to See Recently Deleted Apps on Android
If you find yourself in a bind trying to recover an app that was deleted from your Android device, don’t sweat it. Recovering apps is actually much simpler than recovering photos and other data.
There are many reasons why you might need to recover app data that has been deleted. Often people delete apps only to find out that they need the app again but can’t remember what it was called.
You also may have had to perform a factory reset, which deletes all the apps you’ve installed on your device.
There are also cases where apps are deleted accidentally by the owner or someone else with access to the phone.
Whatever the reason, this article shows you the options you have to view recently deleted apps and possibly recover them and the data they held.
View and Recover Deleted Apps using Google Play
The most straightforward way to get access to your deleted apps is already on your device. The Google Play app keeps a record of the applications you’ve downloaded and allows you to see your app history. Follow these simple instructions.
- Open the Google Play app on your device.
- Tap the “Hamburger icon (☰)” to the left of the search bar—you can also swipe right anywhere on the screen to access the menu.
- In the menu, tap on “My Apps and Games.”
- Select the “Library” tab at the top of the screen which shows all previous and current downloaded apps.
From there, navigate the list to find the app you want to recover. You can sort the list alphabetically or by date to help with your search. Organizing by date displays the most recent apps first. If you’re looking for an older deleted app, try searching near the bottom.
It’s important to point out that the list of applications applies to your Google account and all your devices, not just the one you’re using now. Every app you’ve ever downloaded on any device displays in the list, so it’s a handy tool.
Another important note to remember is that a paid app is usable on any Google device, not just the purchasing device. If you use the Google Play Library method to recover apps you’ve purchased, you won’t have to pay for them again.
If you need to dig deeper into your device’s history, PhoneRescue is a robust recovery tool for Android devices. The software does much more than displaying your lost app data. It can also restore a variety of deleted content. The maker claims that it works on just about any Android device. The software is free to try, but you will eventually have to buy a license if you want to continue using it.
First, download PhoneRescue onto your desktop computer. You read that right; this software works from your computer. Launch the application, and you’ll see some quick tips on how to use it. Use your phone’s USB cable to connect your Android device to the PC. You’ll get prompted to perform some simple tasks like enable USB debugging and rooting your phone. The software will walk you through it pretty quickly.
Once the preliminaries get completed, choose what types of data you want to recover. There is a wide range of file types that PhoneRescue can access. However, you want to make sure that you check off “App Documents” on the menu. From there, click “Next,” and you’ll get served a complete report on what got recovered. The software allows you to recover data directly to your device, which is an excellent time-saver. You might find some of your other data that got mixed up, but you should see the apps you’ve deleted.
Finding Apps in the Galaxy Store
Perhaps you couldn’t find the app you were looking for in the Google Play Store. If you’re a Samsung user, there is another built-in app store available on your phone. Assuming you’ve signed in to your Galaxy account, you may find your missing app there.
Depending on how cluttered your App drawer is on your phone, do a quick search for the Galaxy Store by swiping up from the bottom of your phone or tapping on the “Apps” icon. Type “Galaxy Store” in the search bar and select the app.
Tap on the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) in the upper left-hand corner. To make the search process faster, toggle the “Show installed apps” option to “Off.”
Scroll through the list of apps and tap the download icon to recover your missing application.
What to Do if All Apps Went Missing
The Android OS (Operating System) can be a strange and peculiar thing. If all your apps randomly went missing, there’s usually a handful of reasons why. The first is that you could’ve somehow accidentally deleted them all. To check for accidental deletion, set your phone to safe mode. On many Android devices, hold down the physical power button until the power off option appears on the screen, then long-press “Power off” and choose
“Safe Mode” when it appears.
Your phone will restart. If all of your apps reappear, you have a software problem. Most of the time, this situation is due to a Launcher. While in Safe Mode, go into your phone’s settings and search for any launchers. If it’s one you want to keep, clear the cache and data, then restart your phone. If it’s one you didn’t intentionally download, uninstall it. After doing this, all of your apps should reappear upon restarting your phone.
Accidentally Deleted the Google Play Store
It isn’t completely unheard of that the Google Play Store suddenly goes missing from your Android device. Fortunately, it’s still there. The Google Play Store is a pre-loaded app, so you can’t completely uninstall it from your phone.
All you need to do is head to “Settings” on your phone and tap on “Apps” or “Applications,” depending on the Android version you’re running. Search for and select “Google Play Store” in the list of apps on your phone.
Next, tap “Enable.” Your Google Play Store will reappear on your home screen.
The most common reason for the Play Store disappearing is when you’ve actually disabled it in your device. By enabling it, you’ve brought it back to life.
In closing, it’s always a good idea to set your device’s settings to back up your data on Google’s servers. It will make lost apps much easier to find during any problematic events in the future.
Finding Deleted Android Apps FAQs
I had an APK, but I can’t find it now. What’s happening?
APKs are Android Package Kits or files that help you install apps. Many Android users download APKs because the apps aren’t released yet, or they provide more functionality and freedom than the monitored apps in the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, some apps promote illegal pirating activities, which ends with getting taken off the app store. If you’re trying to recover an APK, it’s best to do a Google or DuckDuckGo search for the missing application or one similar. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eOnce located, u003ca href=u0022https://www.techjunkie.com/install-apk-android/u0022u003edownload it and set it upu003c/au003e just like you would any other APK file.
How can I locate all Android deleted apps, not just Play Store?
Although you can use any of the methods above to download all your Android apps, it would be time-consuming. Your best bet is to check for a backup and make a full system recovery. There are some risks with this method because you’ll need to factory reset your device, which means you could lose everything, so check for a backup first.
Head over to “Settings” on your device and tap on “Backup” (this may vary depending on your manufacturer). Samsung users can look for the Samsung Cloud backup, and LG users should have a similar option. Regardless of the device, every Android user should have a Google backup. Click on the backup, verify that it is a recent date and that your apps, photos, documents, contacts, and anything else necessary were stored. Now, you can do a factory reset and restore your phone to normal with all apps intact.