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You Can Now Try Android Apps Without Installing Them

Dave Parrack 20-10-2017

Google has added a handful of Instant Apps to Google Play. This means you can now try Android apps without ever actually installing them on your device. And all you need to do is look for the new “Try It Now” button sitting alongside supported apps on Google Play.


At Google IO 2016, Google unveiled Instant Apps. These are native Android apps that can be used without the need to install anything. The idea being that you can try before you buy. Google has ramped up its Instant Apps efforts since then, and a handful have now made it onto Google Play.

Tap “Try It Now” to Try It Now

Until now, trying Instant Apps was a bit of a faff Android Instant Apps: What They Are and How to Start Using Them Android's Instant Apps let you use an app's best features without installing it. Here's how they work and how to try them now. Read More . You had to opt in, then search the web to find them. However, Google has now added a “Try It Now” button on the Google Play listings for supported apps. So you just need to tap the button to try an app without needing to install it.

The current list of Instant Apps includes Skyscanner, BuzzFeed, Red Bull, and The New York Times Crossword. Unfortunately, at the time of writing Instant Apps aren’t available in every country or on all devices. So if you don’t yet have access to them you’ll have to keep checking this page.

Right now you’re not missing much, unless you just can’t get enough BuzzFeed listicles and impossible-to-solve crosswords. However, with Google having now opened Instant Apps up to all developers, the number and variety landing in Google Play is sure to increase over time.

Hoping for Some Better Apps

Instant Apps are a great idea for anyone who has ever wanted to try an app without having to install it first. And adding a “Try It Now” button should clue regular Google Play users into the fact these are even a thing. Let’s just hope some decent apps The Best Android Apps on the Google Play Store for 2019 Looking for the best Android apps for your phone or tablet? Here's our comprehensive list of the best apps for Android. Read More are added sooner rather than later.


Do you own an Android device? If so, what do you think of Instant Apps? Have you ever wished you could try an app without needing to install it first? Will you be trying any of this first batch of Instant Apps? Please let us know in the comment below!

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  1. MakeUseof User
    October 29, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Can instant apps be tried on button phones with google?

  2. Gazoo
    October 21, 2017 at 12:43 am

    > So you just need to tap the button to try an app without needing to install it.

    Therein lies the problem. For decades we've had a problem with UNinstalling programs. Installing programs have never been an issue. Installing them on Android is about the smoothest experience on any OS today.

    So we still have OS makers like Google, Windows and Apple spending billions on god knows what (surveillance tech?) and they still haven't tackled the UNinstall issue that leaves storage devices littered with junk, slows down the system over time and possibly leaves other binaries associated with the original program running.

    We went from DOS - where an "uninstall" was as simple as deleting the EXE (or directory) to the continued mess we have now. Layers and layers of software bloat and a new "Try Me Now" system adding more garbage all because "modern" Operating Systems can't clean up after themselves. /rant

    • Ernest Zuko Tjantsa
      October 21, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Yes my phone is android but l didn't try it pls ll be very happy to have it