How to Turn off Instant Apps in Android

Android users have been using apps in their smartphones by downloading them from the Google Play store and installing them on their devices. But Google has introduced native apps called instant apps that do not require any installation. You can play games or launch apps without having to install them first on your devices. You can compare these instant apps and games to portable programs in Windows or Linux which also do not require any installation for running.

In order to launch these instant apps and instant games, all you have to do is visit the web URLs where these instant apps are hosted. But if you do not like these new instant apps or instant games, then you can easily turn off instant apps in Android. Here is how:

  1. Launch Google Play store on your Android device.
  2. Tap on the menu icon and choose Settings from there to open Play store settings.Turn off Instant Apps in Android
  3. Tap on Google Play Instant from the screen that appears in front of you.
  4. Turn off the option labeled Upgrade web links.
  5. When asked whether you really want to turn off Instant Apps, choose Turn Off.Turn off Instant Apps in Android

This will turn off instant apps in your device but only through Play store. As mentioned in the information provided by Google, any apps available through direct web links with branding from Google Play. Some of the device manufacturers have already started to provide their own collection of instant apps and games. These instant apps and games will continue to run even when the settings in the Google Play store have been turned off.

In order to turn off the instant apps and games provided by your device manufacturer, you will have to follow their specific instructions. Usually this involves disabling the instant apps from the app launcher interface or launcher settings.