How To Move Apps From One Google Account To Another

Totally off topic for this blog. I’m just putting this up here for future reference and for other people looking for an answer.

I had a couple of Google accounts with apps associated with them and couldn’t figure our how to transfer the apps from one account to a different one as I planned to close/delete the first. Everything I could find with searches said that it can’t be done and you basically had to have the two accounts associated with your device. I really didn’t want two accounts so I stumbled onto a work around (at least for free apps*):

1. First figure out which apps are associated with the account you want to get rid of or not use (ie which apps you want to move to your new account. You can use your play store app on the device to do this or log into the play store from your browser and use the My Apps tab to view what you have.

2. Remove the Google account you don’t want to use on your device (go through the settings to do this – plenty of instructions on the web for this).

3. Log into the play store via browser (not on your device). Go to each of the apps you noted in step 1 and click install. A message will confirm that the app will be installed on your device and after acknowledging this message, the app will be listed as “installed” (the app won’t be downloaded, rather, the system will recognize it is already installed and add the app to your account). You can also verify this by going to the My Apps section and the apps you ‘installed’ should appear in it.

4. I would give it some time and verify that you added still update when the developer/play store release updates. If so, go ahead and delete the unwanted account.

That’s it. It worked for me.

*NOTE: I did this with free apps (paid apps were already installed on the correct account). You can try the above with paid apps but I have no idea if it will work and if those apps will receive updates.

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