How to enable Google's Instant Apps for Android

Here's a simple guide to enable Instant Apps for Android phone or tablet.

Google Instant Apps for Android
How to enable Google's Instant Apps for Android

In today's tech world, everything that saves time, data and energy is considered an instant hit. Power-hungry Android users can now conserve all of these three resources with Google's Instant Apps for Android, which allow them to access the sample version of the app over cloud storage without actually installing it from the Google Play Store.

It must however be noted that the app is presently available for only a select number of users wherein a few reports confirm access on a handful of devices including Nexus 6P running Android 7.1.1 as well as Pixel/Pixel XL running Android 7.1.2.

Although Instant Apps was originally announced at the Google I/O 2016, its first practical implementation has been found on the Shopping app Wish. When you Google for Wish online, you will notice both the regular and instant versions popping up in the search results.

The Instant version will allow you to preview the features instantly, without having to install the whole app that includes background services and notifications. In other words, it is just a barebones version of the app, which will be light on the system resources, thereby saving memory, storage and processing power of your handset.

If you are running any version higher than Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, you are good to install Instant Apps on your handset. Here's how you can enable Instant Apps on Android:

  • Go to the Settings menu
  • Select Google and then click on Instant Apps
  • Now turn on the toggle button by dragging it to the right
  • Agree the terms of Google Play Service and you are all set to enjoy Instant Apps