How To Enable Instant Android Apps

It’s been over a year since Google first announced Instant Android Apps, but there are now over 500 devices compatible with the new feature that lets you use apps without downloading them first, as per a post on the Android Developers Blog. I just checked on my LG G6 and sure enough, there they were. They don’t just work right out of the box, unfortunately. But if you’re running a device on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, or up, have no fear – you can get in on the mix now, too.

They don’t just work right out of the box, unfortunately. But if you’re running a device on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, or up, have no fear – you can get in on the mix now, too.

To turn on Instant Apps, you’ll need to head into your phone’s settings menu and navigate to Google settings. The exact location may vary by device, but it’s called Google Services on the G6.

From there, scroll down until you see Instant Apps, and enable it. And that’s it. You now have access to apps that run on your phone without any installation process. To find them, you simply do a Google search for the app you want to use.

Google+ user and YouTuber, Jeff Springer, put together a nice video tutorial on the process of enabling Instant Android Apps I described above. Take a peek, and then be sure to thank him over on G+ or YouTube.

I finally got the time to make a video myself. Sorry, Jeff!

Instant Android Apps for Android 6.0+

 

Right now, there are already a number of Instant Android Apps you can try, with some of the most notable being VimeoJet, and Realtor.com, but the really cool thing is that Google has opened up development for all developers to integrate into their apps, meaning we’re likely on the verge of seeing a whole lot more compatible titles.

And considering this is likely one of Android’s best new features, and that it’s not exclusive to the newest phones on the market, this is an even sweeter deal.

Usually, folks with older devices have to sit on the sidelines and enviously stare at the cool kids, while they get to try out all the latest and greatest features. That isn’t the case, this time.

Readers. did you get Instant Android Apps working? Stop by and let us know which apps you’re using, if so!



  • Hmm. My phone (Zenfone 2) has that setting but when I Google the app (tried with Jet, Wish and Vimeo) there’s no “Instant app” showing, just PlayStore links. I wonder if this is a regional thing or it’s just not possible on Intel-powered phone (none of my ARM-powered phones have the setting yet). I wish I could try with more apps but I don’t have the complete list of instant apps. Android police only shows the icons of “every instant apps you can try now” (no name, no link at all) but I don’t recognize 99% of them.

    • Another weird note – the Moto Z2 Play I’m reviewing has the option, but I don’t see any instant apps there, either.