Google Play Store sees major overhaul of navigation and settings


Google is rolling out a major Play Store overhaul that removes the hamburger menu. The redesign also introduces a redesigned settings page.

For starters, Play Store no longer offers the hamburger menu in the upper left corner of the screen. Your profile avatar in the upper right corner is where you will find all of the menus. If you have multiple connected Google accounts, you can access other accounts by tapping the expand icon. The status of your Play Points will appear under your accounts, with a progress bar, followed by other menus.

The “My Apps & Games” page is still at the top and is unchanged from the current iteration. A new “Library” page, which contains the Wish List, Movies and TV Shows, and Books, is located below. Google has also consolidated “Payments and Subscriptions” into one page with this Play Store overhaul. “Play Protect” comes from nest.

The “Notifications and Offers” page has been moved to the bottom of the order. An alert counter will show how many pending notifications you currently have. “Play Pass” also dropped a few spots in the new navigation drawer placement.

The “Settings” page comes last, just above the “Help & Feedback” section. And if you open the Settings page, you’ll see some healthy changes there as well. The long list of menus and options has been categorized into four expandable sections and is hidden by default, making it a shorter, cleaner settings page.

The General section includes account, auto update, and preferences settings. User controls contain fingerprint and purchase authentication settings, while the Family section contains parental controls and parental guide. The About section, as usual, provides you with information about the app, including the build version, device certification, and open source licenses.

This Google Play Store overhaul is now widely rolling out

This redesign of the Google Play Store has been happening since at least October of last year, when a APK exploded view revealed the new Settings page. The new navigation menu also started to appear for some users in early February of this year. Now, a few months later, the Play Store overhaul is deploy widely to users.

The app should be automatically updated to reflect the changes. However, if the changes do not appear to you on the next installation, open the Play Store app info page in your phone’s Settings app and tap “Force Stop”. Now enjoy the new look of the Google Play Store.

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