How to Use Android Instant Apps on Your Android Device

Android Instant Apps

Google launched Android Instant Apps at the last year's I/O conference. It was one nifty addition that changed the way we look at apps. Instant Apps let users access the cloud-based version of an app without the need to go to Play Store and install it manually. This functionality allowed users to use an app beforehand instead of installing and then trying out. Fundamentally, Instant Apps feature provides app demo that we all have been waiting for.

Google has started rolling out the feature with Android 7.1.2 update on Pixel and Pixel XL. Some users on Android 7.1.1 are also seeing the feature on their phone. The feature would soon get a wider rollout. In this guide, we will enlighten you about how to enable the feature on your device and to use it.

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Android Instant Apps

Enabling Android Instant Apps

  • Open Settings menu on your phone
  • Tap on Google and then select Services
  • Now, select Instant Apps and enable it by toggling the slider to the right
  • Tap Yes on the terms and conditions
  • Instant Apps feature is now active on your device

After successfully completing the procedure above, you can now search for Instant Apps on Google. For now, there are not many Instant Apps, but Google promises to add more in the future. For now, it supports apps like Wish, Viki, Buzzfeed, and Periscope. The new feature is being rolled out in a server-side update for now, which means you will soon get it on your device.

How to search and use Android Instant Apps

  • Search for any supported app mentioned above
  • Select the search result with "Instant" written next to it
Android Instant Apps
  • Tap on the result, and you will now see a cloud-based version of the app

How to clear your user data for a particular Instant App

  • Open Settings menu on your phone
  • Tap on Google and then select Services
  • Now, choose Instant Apps from the list and then tap on the app name you want to erase data from
  • Tap on Clear App Data

You can use Instant Apps just like you use any other app on your phone. The feature is yet to reach all the devices, so you got to wait for some time. We hope Google adds more apps to Instant Apps; it will take away the burden of installing the apps on our phones, in particular for the apps that we do not use every day.

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