It’s not uncommon for Google to update the user interface of its Android apps—including the Play Store. A change made in early 2021 puts many of the menu items you might want to access in a much less obvious spot. We’ll show you where to look.
In April 2021, Google began rolling out a slight redesign to the Play Store on Android. Similar to other Google apps, the main menu was moved from the three-line “hamburger” button previously found in the top-left corner to the user’s profile icon located in the search bar.
While this is a small visual change—simply removing one icon—it makes a pretty big difference in how navigating the app works. You now have to train yourself to go somewhere else to check for app updates, see your library, and access the settings menu.
When the new UI rolls out to your device, you’ll notice the old hamburger menu icon (three horizontal lines) is faded. Tapping it will reveal the message seen below, instructing you to tap your profile icon. The old slide-out menu will be gone after this.
From now on, to access the menu in the Play Store app on Android, you’ll need to tap your profile icon on the right side of the search bar.
That’s it! This is a seemingly small change, but one that will certainly take some getting used to. If you access this menu a lot, you’ve probably developed some muscle memory for the old location. The un-training begins now.
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