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Legacy Play Store App by MoDaCo Brings Back Purchased Apps List

At some point during one of the last updates, the folks over at Google decided that having a list in Google Play that showed only our paid app purchases was just too convenient. Bollocks! Luckily, we have the Android developer community on our side, like Paul from MoDaCo, who has released a special Play Store application that brings the list back. By side-loading the app right next to the official Google Play, you can have both running at the same time and finally access that list that shows just your purchases apps rather than every single app you have ever downloaded.

For downloads and instructions on how to install (you need to push to /system), follow the link right here.

Via: Phandroid

  • TheOiulkj

    Sweet! I thought that this feature as forever lost.

    Also, for anyone who doesn’t feel like opening up adb:

    >install apk like normal
    >open up titanium backup
    >”convert to system app”

  • PC_Tool

    Did they update it? Tried it last week…didn’t work on my device at all (G-Nex JB AOKP)

    What I’d really love is to find a way to get the *old* market back (Ya know, eclair/Froyo). Used to be able to install an app simply by long-pressing it in the search results.

    Can’t believe they got rid of that…

    • SolipsisticPsychologist

      i have a bunch of old versions of the Market I’m pretty sure, though they aren’t lablled by version number. But I’m pretty sure they go back over a couple years, but don’t hold me to that. But I back up everything and I think they are from my Droid days, so if you want I’d be more than happy to send them to you and you can go through them and see what you think? Just leave a way I can send them, or a viable way I can share them, and I’ll do that today, and that goes for anyone else who is interested as well. I’ll check back to these comments periodically to see if anyone wants to sift through them, but just remember I can’t promise anything because they aren’t version lablled. 🙂

      • SolipsisticPsychologist

        Okay, I figured Id make it more simple by just linking them to my Public Dropbox folder. I’ve only found two so far, that were in my “Droid” Dropbox folder, but I probably have quite a few more in my Droid and Droid X backup folders on my iMac. Try to get this as soon as you read this, because I probably won’t keep the links up indefinitely, because I don’t want my bandwith to spike up for my Dropbox account. But let me know what you think, and if either of these first two were what you were looking for.

        1st Market APK:

        (remember,I don’t know what version number they are, so if you get a chance, maybe you could post back here which OS they came from, unless I get to it first.)

        p.s. Sorry about the longer URL, I don’t know any of those shortening sites, maybe someone could recommend one please? But here is the whole link too, except I wrote the word “dot” in there instead of .com.


        But I tested the link I posted and it works perfectly, so enjoy! 😛

      • SolipsisticPsychologist

        Okay, and here is the second one I found in my Droid Dropbox folder.

        2nd Market APK:

        Side Note:
        (The fact that this Market apk was called “Android_market-3”, makes me wonder if its just a third copy of the first one I linked. You know how some file managers and systems will just start to add numbers on to a file if it’s the same name as an existing file? Well this could definitely be the case here. But, I’m not sure as to which Market apk it might be a third copy of, because I’ve had a bunch of them floating around in my files over time. But it also might just have a “3” on it because maybe I added that years ago, I don’t know really, my memory fades each year I get older, haha. But hope one of these two is what you were looking for, and the same for anyone else who might have been looking for an old version of the Market.

        I’ll go through my backups on my computer and external hard drives when I get a chance, and hopefully I’ll find more that you or anyone else can peruse through B-)


      • PC_Tool

        I doubt any of them would work. That was my process back in the day before ICS. ICS unfortunately seems to have broken compatibility with any of the older markets.

        Haven’t been able to get any of them to work…I believe there is some framework dependencies that are no longer being met…

  • Charlie

    Probably a dumb question, but does this require root?

    • Yes. You need to be able to access the /system/app directory on your phone to be able to install this.

  • jothen2002

    recommend pushing to /system/app

    Can someone explain what this means please …sorry I dont UNDERTSAND !!

    • Despyse

      adb push /location/of/downloaded/app.apk /system/app/whatevername.apk

  • jothen2002

    recommend pushing to /system/app

    What does that mean …Sorry 🙁 Dont know …THX

    • PC_Tool

      Copy it to /system/app using root explorer or some such app.



    • Pedro

      use Root Explorer (or your choice) and go to /system/app
      Change from R/O (read only) to R/W (read/write). That varies by app, but RootEx has a button in the upper right Mount R/W

      Long press file after copy to Permissions
      And set permissions to 644.
      Owner rw
      group r
      others r

      And THEN reboot, voila, blah blah blah.. 🙂

  • DJyoSNOW

    My gripe since day one….awesome news!

  • Booyah

    Which unread gmail count icon are you using?

    • Clint O

      It’s the one in Nova Launcher…TeslaUnread Plugin… Halo Badge Style

      • Booyah

        Awesome, thanks!

  • el_R

    link to that wallpaper?

  • dcvolcom909

    Installed this weekend, works great! Just make sure to disable the notifications for updates under settings because getting notified twice can be very annoying

  • I wish I could remove apps from my “All Apps” list so that when google puts apps on a new device for me it doesn’t put all the apps that I tried out once and realized they were horrible.

    • I agree. There’s a lot of apps that I needed once, or I was looking for something specific and went through 5-10 apps before I found what I liked. I want to be able to get rid of those.

      • droidify

        I like the way amazon does it. You can delete any app from your account through their website. Not sure why google does not give that option.

  • fgclolz

    I’ve always wondered why LeGoog did this. They could’ve had a separate tab/screen that shows all purchased apps, as well as all apps that you ever downloaded. Then everyone would be happy. 😛

    • Amen

      • SolipsisticPsychologist

        I’m glad you have that “Mod” tag next to your name now. I was starting to question your role here, and just seeing you wrote articles on the site, well I just never connected that to the fact that you write articles for the site and are therefore part of the site. Seeing the word “Mod” makes it so clear now, and so very illustrious.

      • Glen

        Scroll the My Apps list to the right and the All list will show purchased but not installed apps with current apps. While it is a pain to find them, at least they are there. The old Not Installed section was much better.

    • G8orDroid

      Or just the ability to sort or filter would be nice. I mean this data is stored in a database after all.

      • fgclolz

        Yep, that’ll work too.