How to get Google Play on your iPhone, and use it to download movies, music, and more

It's easy to get many of the best Google Play features on your iPhone.

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It’s easy to get many of the best Google Play features on your iPhone.
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Just like the App Store for iOS devices, the Google Play Store is where Android device owners go for apps and games.

Because Android apps don’t run on iOS, there’s no way to run the full Google Play Store on an iPhone or iPad. But that’s not the end of the story.

Google does offer the Google Play Movies & TV app for iOS, as well as Google Play Music and Google Play Books. You can install any of these apps to get access to that Google Play content on your iPhone or iPad.

Here’s how.

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How to get the Google Play apps on your iPhone

If you own Google Play content and want to access it on your iPhone, you can do that by installing right apps:

You can install the Google Play apps for Movies & TV, Music, and Books on your iPhone.

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You can install the Google Play apps for Movies & TV, Music, and Books on your iPhone.
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When you run each of these apps for the first time, you’ll need to log into your Google account to see your content.

How to buy content for Google Play

The Google Play apps for movies, music, and books don’t allow in-app purchases, so you can’t, for example, buy a movie from the Google Play Movies & TV app.

Instead, you need to make the purchase either from an Android device or in a web browser on your desktop computer. No matter where you make a purchase, as long as it’s using your Google account, it’ll be available on any device running the Google Play app.

If you haven’t already, you need to set up a payment method for your Google account:

1. In a browser, navigate to the Google Play site. Sign into your Google account if needed.

2. In the pane on the left, click “Payment methods.”

3. If you don’t already have a payment method configured, click “Add payment method.”

You'll need to add a payment method to your Google account to make Google Play purchases.

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You’ll need to add a payment method to your Google account to make Google Play purchases.
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4. Follow the instructions to add a credit card or other payment method to your account.

After you have set up a payment method, you can buy or rent content on the Google Play site:

1. In a browser, navigate back to the Google Play site.

2. In the pane on the top-left, click the Google Play site you want to visit: Movies & TV, Music, or Books.

Any purchases you make on your desktop will be immediately available on the iPhone.

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Any purchases you make on your desktop will be immediately available on the iPhone.
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3. Browse or search for the content you want and then make a purchase. The content will be available on your iPhone within moments.

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