How to Share an App on Android

Share your favorite apps from Google Play Store

You love your apps and you use them every day. But what if you want to spread the love to your friends and family? Sharing Android apps is really easy with an app URL. We will show you how to share an app on android devices and on your PC or Mac using a web browser.

How to Share a Google Play Store App

The easiest way to share apps is by opening the app in the Google Play Store. You can get there in one of two ways. The easiest way is simply to open the app store on your device and search for the app you want. However, if you already have the app installed, you can go straight to its app store entry the following way.

  1. Tap and hold on the app.

  2. In the context menu that opens, tap App info.

  3. Scroll to the bottom to Store and tap App Details.

    The location of the App Details option on Android devices.
  4. Now that you're looking at the App Store listing for the app you want to share, tap the three dots in the upper right corner.

  5. Tap Share.

  6. From here, you can tap a contact or an app to send the URL.

    The app sharing option on the Google Play Store.

Use a Browser to Share a Google Play Store App

You may have noticed that the information you're sharing looks like a normal website URL. That's because it is. That means you can also locate your favorite app using a web browser on your computer.

  1. Go to http://play.google.com.

  2. Click Apps.

  3. Type the name of the app in the search bar and click Search.

  4. Click on the app.

    A close up of an app icon on Google Play.
  5. The URL in your browser is the information you need to share it. Copy that, then paste it into a message, or email, to send the app to your friends.

    The URL of an app in Google Play.

That's it! That URL is all your phone needs to find the app.

How to Install a Google Play Store App From the Link

If you receive a link that a friend shared with you, it's really easy to install the app. Plus, like sharing, you can do it from your mobile device or from a browser. The easiest way is to install the app directly from your Android device. Open the URL on your Android device and tap Install.

Where to install an app on Google Play from a link in an email.

How to Install an Android App From Your Browser

If you don't have your device with you, or if you are on a computer, the link works there too. You can install the app from your web browser to your Android device. assuming you are signed in to the Google Play Store in your browser (we'll cover that too), the app will install remotely to your device,

  1. Open the link on your computer.

  2. If you are not already signed into the Play Store, you'll need to. Click Sign In in the upper right corner. If you are already signed in, skip to step 5.

    The Sign in button in Google Play.
  3. Enter your email address and click Next.

    How to Sign into a Google Account.

    Be sure to sign in to the same Google account as your mobile device.

  4. Enter your password and click Next.

    Entering your password into Google.
  5. Click Install.

    The Install button in Google Play.
  6. You may be asked to choose a device on which to install. Select a device and click Continue.

    Installing an app from Google Play.
  7. You will need to verify your password. Click Next.

    Verifying your identity when logging into Google.
  8. Enter your password and click Next.

    Where to log into the Google Play store.
  9. Once the app installs, click OK.

    An installed app in Google Play.