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The Play Store’s December update also adds support allowing Android users in some states to put a digital copy of their driver’s license in their Google Wallets. In addition, at the end of November Google began to open the archive of applications for Android phones. This feature allows users to uninstall an app to free up space on their phones, but still allows the app’s data to be stored on these devices. As a result, when the app is reinstalled, users will have the same experience with it that they had before they uninstalled it.
And this month’s update takes that feature and runs with it. Now, if a phone is low on storage space, it will automatically archive some apps. This is good news for those with budget Android devices that have a limited amount of local storage. This feature appears in version 33.5 of the Google Play Store, which was rolled out last Monday.
To see which version of Google’s Android app store your phone is running, open the Play Store app and tap your profile picture on the right side of the search bar at the top of the screen. From the menu you are sent to, press SETTINGS > circle and you will see the Play Store version near the bottom of the screen. You’ll also see a green link that says “Update Play Store.” Tap on it and the Play Store will update, or you’ll see a message saying your phone already has the latest software version.