Amazon Apps-can I reinstall without paying again?

(6 Posts)
amistillsexy Wed 08-Jan-14 11:02:00

I use an HTC Rhyme and it's gone a bit wrong. Before I pay good money to 'upgrade', I'd like to reset the Rhyme to factory settings and start again, to see if I can eek out a bit more life from it and save some money by going onto a 'sim only' account.
The trouble is, I've got some really nice Apps that the DCs and I use a lot, and I don't want to lose. I get most of my Apps from Amazon as their Free Apps of the Day. They are all listed on my amazon account. Will it be possible to reinstall them once I've resetted my phone, or are they a 'one off' thing?
Also, if resetting my phone doesn't fix the difficulties I'm having, and I have to get a new one, do I have to start again with all my Apps? shock
Finally, I've never bothered deleting my texts over the two years I've had my phone. Can I save some of the threads? Should I? Is that a bit crazy? (It is, isn't it...it's like recording a conversation and keeping the tapes blush )

amistillsexy Wed 08-Jan-14 11:34:50

Shameless bumping. Surely someone wants to make me 'App-y' grin

Paleodad Thu 09-Jan-14 09:00:00

AFAIK the rhyme is a pretty good phone; a quick look on wikipedia shows that there are several updates for the phone which would take it up to android 4.0 (the 'ice cream sandwich' version of the phones software).
In short, it definitely worth resetting, as unless there are 'hardware' problems with the phone, it should be fixable.
As for the apps, i have no experience with the amazon store. Do you use googles own app store (google play)? If you have a look at the site on a pc you can search to see if your favourite apps are available there (they almost certainly will be), and if they are free. You may find that even if they are not, then there are free alternatives.
As for saving your texts, there are many apps available that will do this for you, quickly and easily (i personally use a backup sms app available here ).
And yes, after resetting your phone you will probably have to reinstall all your apps. However, your google account will have a list of what you have installed, and they may automatically download for you when you are setting up your phone after the reset (depending on the options in the set-up wizard).
Reset! There's lots of help and guidance on the google play site, and on several other forums, but let me know if you need anymore help.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 09-Jan-14 09:05:04

Yes, you will be able to reinstall the apps as long as you reinstall the Amazon app store.

PedroYoniLikesCrisps Sun 12-Jan-14 14:46:53

Any apps you buy through Google Play or Amazon App Store or indeed any of the major app stores are saved on your account. So if you reset your phone, buy a new phone or even link another phone to your account you can re-download any apps you've bought.

Doing a factory reset will almost certainly improve the performance of your phone. It's also a nice spring cleaning exercise. But just remember that any apps you have with personalised settings (such as profile managers) will have to be reconfigured and any games which do not save your progress online will be set back to brand new status.

amistillsexy Sun 12-Jan-14 21:38:35

Oh thanks everyone! I thought no-one was answering me, so I'd stopped looking at this thread grin

Thanks for all the advice-nice to know it's considered a good phone, paleodad-I've always liked it, but in the last month or so, it's started to do some weird things, so it sounds as though a reset will do it the world of good.

I've discovered how to find my accounts on Amazon Appstore and Google Playstore, and I've practiced reinstalling apps from there. Even if I've previously uninstalled an app, it will still show as installed on my phone, but it's possible to simply click on 'install' and it reinstalls it.

I don't tend to play games that need saving, so no problems with saving progress. It's mainly the DCs who like to play a lego game really.

I'll be off to have a look at the link you gave me now, paleodad, and I'll be back if I have any more burning issues!

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