Android Instant Apps are one of the most interesting concepts Google announced at its I/O developer conference last year. These apps can harness the power and flexibility of Android in magical ways. They allow you to temporarily access the functionality of a fully-fledged app without having to install it via the Play Store. This will save both your time and precious memory space. Given their immense usability, you would be definitely thinking of using Android Instant Apps. The question is, do you know how to do so?
Fret not, in this post we’ll guide you on how to use the Android Instant Apps. Let’s get started.
Step-by-step guide to using Android Instant Apps
What are Android Instant Apps?
Android Instant Apps are special kind of applications that can run on your smartphone instantly, without requiring any installation. Such apps prove helpful when you want to open a particular link but don’t have a suitable app for it.
Let us understand this with the help of a suitable example: Your friend sent you a YouTube video link, but you don’t have the YouTube app installed on your phone. When you click the link, you’ll not be asked to install the app. Instead, the smartphone will instantly open the official YouTube app like a website and then allow you to play that video.
How Android Instant Apps work
When you tap on the link, Google Play Store looks for the app on your phone that can open it. Now, if you don’t have any such app installed on your phone, the link will be opened in the Android Instant App. The instant app will temporarily load the functionality of the main app as a website and you can easily access that link.
The apps with Instant App code modules are automatically hosted on Google servers. During their execution, Android Instant apps only load the portions of the app that are required to perform a particular action. The portions of the app and other data are temporarily stored on your device. You can remove them later.
Turning Android Instant Apps ON or OFF
You can also turn ON or turn OFF Instant apps as per your need. Here’s how to do so:
- Open the Settings app on your device
- Go to Google > Instant Apps
- You can toggle the button in front of Instant Apps option to turn them ON or OFF
Looking for recent Android Instant Apps
To see the Instant Apps that you have used recently:
- Launch the Settings app on your Android device
- Go to Google > Instant Apps
Your recent Android Instant apps will appear in the list of recent apps in your phone’s overview menu.
Clearing data for a specific Instant App
To clear data for a specific Instant App you’ve used:
- Launch the settings app on your device
- Navigate to Google > Instant Apps
- Just tap the Instant App for which you want to clear the data
- Tap on Clear app data button
Our complete guide to using Android Instant Apps ends here. Stay tuned for more updates!
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