How to View Purchase History in Google Play

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It's easy to lose track of everything you've purchased from the Google Play Store over time. Maybe you liked an app in the past, but you don't know what app it was and want to re-download it. Or you just want to recommend an app to a friend, and now you can't seem to find it.

Whatever the reason, Google makes it easy to display a list of your purchases. In this article, we will explain how to view your purchase history on both Android devices and PC.

How to View Google Play Purchase History on Android Device

Viewing your Google Play purchase history on an Android device is quite simple. Here's how:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app.
  2. Press the "Menu" button on the home screen.
  3. Choose "Account".
  4. Select "Purchase History" to view your past purchases on Google Play.

Item names and purchase dates can be found in the listing. The cost is also displayed on the right. Zero balance apps are ones you tried for free but canceled before you could charge. Clicking the View button next to an app takes you to its Google Play page. You can launch or remove the program from this location.

The option to set a budget is at the very top of the "Purchase History" tab. This feature will come in handy if you're worried about blowing your app's budget. Set a monthly budget by selecting the Set Budget option and entering the desired amount. Then Google Play will show you how much money you have spent on the app so far.

How to View Google Play Purchase History on PC

You can also use your web browser on your PC to access the Google Play Store. Here's how to check your purchase history on a PC:

  1. Navigate to the Google Play website using a web browser.
  2. If prompted, sign in to your Google Play account. You will be redirected to the Google Play home screen.
  3. On the left side of the screen, click on “Account”.
  4. From the menu near the top of the screen, select "Order History".

In Order History, you'll see your Google Play purchase history along with the information you'd typically see on your Android device. Visible information includes a list of past app purchases and prices for apps.

Similar to accessing your purchase history on an Android device, you will be able to see all of your apps, including those with zero balance. Zero-balance apps are ones you tried for free but canceled before you could charge for using your credit card information. You can access an app's Google Play page by clicking the Show icon next to it.

You will also see the option to create a budget. Choose the Set budget option and enter the amount you want to spend each month to control your app spending.

Another way to view your purchase history is to use your Gmail account.

In your Gmail account, you can view a history of purchases you've made by typing "purchases" into the Gmail search box. You should be able to discover all of your Play Store purchases in your inbox, as each transaction generates an email notification.

Additional FAQs

Can I erase my purchase history?

Google Play purchases and subscriptions cannot be deleted from your purchase history or Google Play account.

How do I "pass" an app without repurchasing it?

A refund may be requested if an app is uninstalled from the Play Store and reinstalled. Or you can subscribe to a Google Play Pass. To do this, the steps are:

1. Open the Google Play Store app on your Android phone or tablet.

2. Start a free trial or subscribe to a subscription in the left menu by clicking on "Menu", then on "Play Pass".

3. Check the price and your payment option.

4. Subscribe by pressing the "Subscribe" button.

It is possible to form a family group, provided you can do so. Go to the "Configure" button under "Welcome to Play Pass" on the main screen to get started.

Know your apps

With these methods, you will be able to get a better overview of your applications and expenses. This will help you manage your app spending. You can also go to the Google Payments Center to see all of your purchases. However, you won't be able to see apps you got for free or canceled before a free trial ended.

Do you keep track of your purchases on Google Play? Have you ever forgotten the name of an app you own? Let us know in the comment section below!

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