Google’s Find My Device for Android could soon match Apple’s Find My app
Soon, Android devices around the world could form a network to help find lost or stolen Android or Wear OS devices.
Google’s support page reveals that the Find My Device feature could soon be updated
App archiving will now automatically archive certain apps when an Android phone’s storage is low
The December Play Store update also adds support that allows Android users in some states to place a digital copy of their driver’s licenses in their Google Wallets. Also, at the end of November, Google started rolling out the app archive for Android phones. This feature allows users to uninstall an app to free up space on their phones, but still allows app data to be stored on these devices. As a result, when the app is reinstalled, users will have exactly the same experience as they had before uninstalling it.
And this month’s update takes that feature and runs with it. Now, if a phone is low on storage space, it will automatically archive certain apps. This is good news for those with budget Android phones that have a limited amount of native storage. This feature appears in version 33.5 of the Google Play Store, which was removed last Monday.
To see what version of Google’s Android app store your phone is running, open the Play Store app and tap your profile picture on the right side of the search bar at the top of the screen. From the menu you are taken to, press Settings > On and you’ll see the Play Store version near the bottom of the screen. You will also see a green link that says “Update Play Store”. Tap on it and the Play Store will update, or you’ll see a message saying your phone already has the latest software.