It’s been a while since the Google Play Store received a major UI overhaul. The last major UI refresh came in 2019 when the app received a material theme overhaul. Since then, apart from a few minor tweaks, the app has stuck with the same design. But Google is now rolling out a new user interface that gives the Play Store a big facelift.
The most striking change (via android font) here is the removal of the hamburger menu. It’s part of Google’s renewed emphasis on removing navigation drawers, as they tend to conflict with full-screen navigation gestures. We’ve already seen Google remove the hamburger menu from Google Photos, and Google Maps and Play Store are becoming the latest to get rid of it.
Moving on to other changes, you will notice that everything has been moved under the profile section located in the upper right corner. If you have multiple accounts, they are now hidden under a collapsible drop-down menu. Under the account tab, we see options that were previously in the Hamburger menu. The library replaces the wishlist while payments and subscriptions are now grouped together. My Apps & Games, Play Protect, Notification & Deals, and Settings remain the same. Some users also see Play Pass and Play Points listed next to these options, but they were missing on my device.
Lastly, the settings are also getting an overhaul. All options and preferences have been divided into four collapsible categories. Previously, everything was listed there as one giant list.
Google has been A/B testing this change for some time now, and as part of that test, some users have already had this redesign available on their devices. However, Google is finally rolling out this redesign for all users.
The new UI is widely rolling out to Android users. If you don’t see it yet, try clearing the cache and force closing the Play Store app. You can do this by going to device settings or by simply long-pressing the Play Store app icon and clicking on app settings. You should be greeted with a new UI when you reopen the app.