It’s not uncommon for Google to update the user interface of its Android apps, including the Play Store. A change in early 2021 puts many menu items you might want to access in a much less obvious place. We’ll show you where to look.
In April 2021, Google began rolling out a slight redesign of the Play Store on Android. Similar to other Google apps, the main menu has moved from the three-lined “burger” button previously found in the upper left corner to the user’s profile icon located in the search bar.
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While this is a small visual change (just removing an icon), it makes a very big difference to how navigation works in the app. Now you need to practice going somewhere else to check for app updates, view your library, and access the settings menu.
When the new UI rolls out to your device, you’ll notice that the old hamburger menu icon (three horizontal lines) is dimmed. Tap it to reveal the message below, asking you to tap your profile icon. The old sliding menu will disappear after that.
From now on, to access the Play Store app menu on Android, you will need to tap on your profile icon on the right side of the search bar.
This will expand a menu with all the options you’re used to seeing. This includes “My Apps & Games”, “Library”, “Payments & Subscriptions”, Settings, your Play Points information, etc.
That’s it! It’s a seemingly minor change, but one that will definitely take some getting used to. If you access this menu often, you’ve probably built up some muscle memory for the old location. The non-training begins now.
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