20
Jul
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Since time immemorial, the Android Market app let you see a list of just your purchased apps under a "Not installed" section. When the Play Store change happened, that list was still there. Then at some point with all the stealth updates, that list of paid apps went away. Thanks to Paul O'Brien over at Modaco, we have the Legacy Play app that solves that problem by bringing back the "Not installed" list.

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O'Brien was able to retrieve an old version of the Play Store client and hack around to make it run alongside the official Play Store. In the Legacy Play Store your My Apps screen will again have a handy list of all your paid apps that are not installed on the device. The current version of the Play Store has a tab for all your apps. That's nice, but if you try a lot of free apps, you'll be scrolling for ages just to find the handful of paid apps you want on your device.

You can download the APK  at the link below. On pre-Jelly Bean devices it can usually be installed normally. On Jelly Bean and some more temperamental phones with older software, you have to push the installer to /system/app and chmod it to 644. If you have to go this route, root is needed. Is this maybe a little extreme just to return that one feature? Nope. It was insane for Google to remove that in the first place.

[Modaco Legacy Play]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • http://www.baronsofbullshit.com/ seriosbrad

    Instant download.

    • http://www.baronsofbullshit.com/ seriosbrad

      So I can't get it too work, maybe it's just Jelly Bean but it crashes all over the place, I even pushed it to system/app and there's still crashing.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Did you set the permissions right?

      • zag

        Reboot

  • bjn714

    Why not just use the regular Play Store? Just open My Apps and swipe left to see the list of all your paid and free apps you have ever installed? Seems a bit easier than a second app...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Because if you're like me, you will have a list 5 miles long.

    • http://twitter.com/JirafaBo JirafaBo

      bc who wants to scroll through 400 uninstalled free apps to find the 40 uninstalled paid apps?

    • Paul Vigil

      This ^

    • mduran1023

      The whole point of this is to see paid, but not installed apps in a separate list. This old functionality was actually really helpful for people that try lots of apps on a regular basis. This is also helpful when you switch devices and want to see the full list of your purchased apps.

  • Jahf

    Nice idea but a giant hassle. The web view of play.google.com has a "My Android Apps" link that will do this for you. Not saying I don't get it, just saying that for me it isn't worth taking the time.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      But it still doesn't filter paid does it?

      • jahf

        Nope, but even with hundreds of free apps polluting my paid apps in that list ... I just don't see this being worth it for me. I go through too many new ROMs and devices to keep putting this on there. Not saying I don't think Google shouldn't address it ... actually ... I'm saying I think that Google should address it :)

        • http://twitter.com/JirafaBo JirafaBo

          I agree, but until Google starts adding filters to Google Play, I'll use this app.

          In fact, Google really needs to add several different filter options. Paid installed. Paid uninstalled. Free installed, Free installed and then uninstalled. Also they really need some kind of tag system so I can keep track of up and coming apps that just aren't ready yet.

          • SYO

            There are some Play Store bookmarking apps for that for now :) but yeah totally agree that they should implement a bit more filtering...

          • fixxmyhead

            that's a great idea cuz i sometimes forget about new games that are coming up

  • Barton82

    B-E-A-utiful.

  • Bob

    brilliant

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    Paul is a flipping genius.

  • dextersgenius

    While he's been around hacking around the app, couldn't he have changed the name to "Market" instead of Play? "Legacy Market" sounds so much more better. "Play Legacy" doesn't even make sense.

  • fixxmyhead

    Force closes on my nexus 7 and Tmo s2. Starts up but after setup it force closes

    • scudd

      Try clearing the apps Data, worked for me

      • fixxmyhead

        I tried that and I cleared all the cache and forced stopped the app but keeps saying "unfortunately market has stopped" after setup

  • SoffMouf

    The omission of this feature in the official Play/Market app continues to annoy the crap out of me on a daily basis. Please Google, bring it back. In the meantime, thank you for this.

  • moelsen8

    This is awesome. So glad to have it. Had to convert to system app to get it working on cm9rc2 on gnex but works well.

  • Kai

    Awesome.. Ridiculous that I need to have a separate app just to limit my view to what I've purchased, but restores a feature I sorely miss.

  • Joelo661

    I was able to successfully install Google Legacy on my rooted Nexus S 4G.

  • http://www.Mikereviews.co.uk/ Mike Brown

    Where can I get that Phone Wallpaper?

  • Ahmed

    Definitely missed this!! I've been buying apps since the g1 but my apps list is so long I can't even get to the bottom to see what there is! And after 10 minutes of scrolling and finding something, if I click on that app, it takes me straight back to the top when I want to continue searching! Enough to drive a man crazy!! Not sure what Google were thinking of removing this feature! Just add a paid apps tab!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The scroll back to top is the most frustrating part of that experience.

  • Kellic

    The Android Store is a complete cluster fuck AFAIC. I go under not installed and I literally have hundreds of apps listed from years back and 4 phones on 3 carriers (One is my work phone.) Trying to find those apps that I want to install on my new S3 has literally take me weeks. Because #1 - I can't search the list of apps. I search and all the damn thing does it search the entire market. #2 - There is no sorting of the apps. Paid vs. Free? Install date? Phone originally installed on? Hell I'm not 100% certain how the apps are sorted. I think install date, but that doesn't really look right. The apps at the top do look like the recent install. But go a little down in the list and it looks like there are a few I installed months if not years ago.

    Seriously. There are folks on the Google Play development team that need to be fired. Google's origin is search. How the hell can such a feature be missing?

    My biggest bitch is the fact that, that list is a complete and total mess of apps I tried and ended up hating. A few apps that ended up being spam, that I almost immediately removed as my finger moved faster then my brain to accept. And the kicker? You can't remove them out of this damn list. Again hundreds upon hundreds of apps, and no way to clean up the list, sort, or search. But at least we have a new version of Google Music app and the Nexus Q. Thank God for that. *rolls eyes*

    • meeester

      i feel your pain. What can we expect from a group that felt a need to name Market - Play Store?
      No surprise these bright lights are Obama supporters. Bummer for us.

      • yeahRight

        WTF does Obama have to do with the design of Android?

  • unikum

    Normal play store is replaced with this. Cant I have both in my appdrawer? Both apk's are still in /system/app

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1429933733 Madeline Respes

    This app has opened a total of ZERO times. All it did was crash. Having it touted as the next best thing since sliced bread is ridiculous considering the number of crash posts I've come across.

  • yawheeman

    how can i update my phone android market to google play store?

    • yawheeman

      how?

  • noobie

    why i cannot install the sistem update into my computer ?
    and how i update my phone ?pls~anybody help me?

  • Cow.2

    How the fucking hell do you download pocketinveditor

  • Cow.2

    Seriosly I tried to download pocketinveditor and it took me to here and I've got no damn idia what the hell to do, can somebody please help me!!!!!??!

  • stavyfrah

    i want update and it dont worrrk !

  • abc

    does play store use to sony ericsson xperia x8?

  • Alan
  • Mich

    Is there anyways to view the dates in which I purchased all of my apps when I am under my "all apps" section of the play store on my android phone ?

  • Mich

    I am having the same problem Kellic is having with the sorting of the apps, so I figured maybe if there is a way to view the dates I can kind of sort it out on my own ? Any help would be appreciated.