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View Google Play Store reviews by device or version

Curious how an app will work on your specific device, or how the new version is being received by others? Here's how to filter Google Play app reviews.


The Android style guide was updated to include Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean Holo theme variations, and this is (thankfully) causing many apps to update their user interfaces. Change is good -- well, most of the time -- but what if you want to take a look at reviews that are only pertinent to your device? Or maybe you're only interested in opinions about the latest version? That's why the Google Play Store has filtering options, even though they're kind of hidden.

Here's how to access them:

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 1: Pull up an app in the Google Play Store on your Android device. Scroll down to the bottom of the user reviews on the main page and tap on See all.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 2: On the next page that loads, press on the Options label.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: In the pop-up window that appears, select the filters you wish to apply to the user reviews for the app.

Simple, right? The reason these filters are buried is unknown; putting them on the front page of the app's entry for Google Play would probably be more useful.

What sort of filters do you think are missing from Google Play? Tell us in the comments.