While App Finder was designed to be easy and intuitive to use, some things still require explanation. It is therefore highly recommended to read this guide.
App Finder has data from Google Play for 3,700,000+ apps and games (3,000,000+ available in the US), with local prices, age ratings, and user ratings for all 200+ supported countries / regions.
The data is updated at least with the following frequencies:
New apps are added continuously.
App Finder always searches and displays the data for a specific country. When the app is started for the first time, this "search-country" is set based on the current IP address, but it can be changed from the Settings menu.
Please note that presently, App Finder searches in English only, irrespective of the selected country.
In the User Ratings dialog from the Settings menu, you can select between country-average and world-average user ratings. There is also an option to see both at the same time.
Note that the world-average ratings are available for many more apps and may be more reliable for less popular apps as they are based on the opinion of many more people.
To get the best results, you should understand how queries are matched against the apps, and you should know the operators available to refine the search. There are some important differences to the Play Store search.
First note that App Finder returns all and only apps where all words / phrases from the query occur (if operators are not used to request something else). Different word forms (like the plural) count as occurrences.
This is different from the Play Store search, which also returns apps where not all words from the query appear (if quotes are not used), and does not return less popular apps where all words do occur if there are many results.
App Finder's approach has the following advantages:
To make sure that you don't miss apps, it is essential that you think of different words / phrases that the developers may have used to describe the functionality you're looking for, and include them in the query using the / operator (see below).
This is especially important since App Finder currently does not consider synonyms automatically (there will be an option soon to include synonyms).
To exclude irrelevant apps, quotes and the plus and minus operators are very effective.
The essentials of App Finder's query evalutaion and the most important operators are described in the following section. For all details, see the Search Query Reference below.
Other than with the Play Store, different word forms are allowed. For example, the query above would also match learning language.
/ can also be used inside quotes. For example, "file manager/explorer" means that file must occur followed by manager or explorer.
For an example, consider a search for file managers. Since we want the words file and manager to occur in sequence, we use quotes: "file manager".
Since file managers are sometimes called file explorer, we allow explorer as alternative to manager: "file manager/explorer".
Since file managers can be expected to have file manager or file explorer in title or summary, we finally add a plus: +"file manager/explorer".
While the other sort options are quite clear, some explanation is needed for the default relevance sort.
Here the results are ranked by a combination of a query match score and a user rating and popularity score.
Apps are assigned a high query match score if your keywords appear prominently (i.e. in app title, summary, or early in the description), or frequently.
The user rating and popularity score is calculated from the average user rating, the number of ratings, and the recent number of downloads per month (see below).
While a high user rating and popularity score is an indication that an app is much liked by many people, it is of course no guarantee for the quality of the app.
We do not recommend the apps at the beginning of the list over the other apps.
This filter is not completely accurate. It returns the apps that don’t contain ads or do have in-app purchases (that is, it removes the apps that contain ads but don’t have in-app purchases).
The idea is that apps with ads and in-app purchases probably offer a purchase to remove the ads, while apps with ads but no in-app purchases very likely don’t have an option to remove the ads.
As an indication of the current popularity of an app, the current number of downloads per month can be shown.
The increase of this number vs. the maximum of the downloads per month for the previous 3 months is then also shown, if there is one. This value marks "trending apps" quantitatively.
The numbers are calculated from suitable historical data from Google Play. Due to occasional delays of up to about 30 days in the update of the download data on Google Play and our limited scraping frequencies (see above), the numbers may be imprecise and some weeks outdated.
The sort option Downloads / month increase sorts by the absolute increase of downloads per month (which is not directly shown). For the relative increase, tap the % sign.
The sizes shown are the approximate download sizes.
Since Google Play generates device-specific installation files, the sizes vary with the device. The sizes for your device may in some cases be up to about 50% less than shown in App Finder, or some % more than shown.
For apps where the size varies much with the device, or where we are not able to determine the size exactly, a range is shown. When the size-filter is applied, all apps are returned where this size range overlaps with the filter range.
Please note: The information in this and the next section can also be shown under the result list (tap the info-icon).
The size of the stars is proportional to the number of 5-, 4-, 3-, 2-, and 1-star ratings (from green to red).
Between different apps, the star-size is correlated with the total number of ratings at a logarithmic scale.
You can double-tap the result count above the result list to repeat the search without the limitation.
You can swipe the details-view left / right to view the next / previous app.
In the details-view, you'll also find options to view the apps on the Google Play website, which makes it possible to see reviews in different languages.
To hide or show the screenshots, tap the picture-icon above the list.
To change the size of text and other elements, select Screen Zoom from the Settings menu.
The screen orientation is locked to portrait on phones and to landscape on tablets by default. However, it can be unlocked in the Display Options from the Settings menu.
Depending on the screen-size, -orientation, and -zoom, a 1-, 2-, or 3-pane layout is used.
A dark theme can be selected from the Display Options.
Please note: This reference is also available from the Help-menu directly.
App Finder evaluates search queries according to the following rules:
If you are unsure whether certain word forms are equated, you need to experiment.
In the following, we will say that a word must occur to mean that some form of the word must occur.
Other than with Google, different word forms are allowed. Quotes around a single word have no effect currently.
/, only one of them is
required to appear.
No spaces are required around
/ can also be used inside quotes
means that file must occur followed by
manager or explorer.
OR is also supported.
/, it is evaluated after the spaces.
file manager OR explorer means that
both the words file and
manager, or the word
explorer must appear.
+ in front of a word or phrase
requires it to occur in title or summary.
- in front of a word or phrase requires it to not occur.
- can be combined to exclude words only from title and summary.
# searches for app name by
prefix. For example,
@ searches for developer
name by prefix. For example,
If the terms include spaces, these
must be replaced by
or parentheses must be used.
Quotes can be used to require full
match instead of prefix-match, for example
-, the spaces,
OR. Parentheses can be used to
change the order.