Many years later, search operators for publisher names and titles are working again in the Play Store

Many years later, search operators for publisher names and titles are working again in the Play Store


Way back in 2012, Artem shared one awesome tip here on Android Police: how to limit your searches on the Play Store to just publisher names or words in the title of an app or game. (Yes, I know, back then Artem used to actually write articles here instead of hiding on Google+ and managing us writers like the puppet master that he’s become.) However, that trick stopped working in February 2014, as reported by Artem himself in the comment section. And now, 3+ years later, it works again.

This may not be something that many people need/know/use, but for those of us who spend a lot of time looking for content on the Play Store (heck, it’s a Chrome Search Engine for me!), search operators are an absolute must. Especially when the default search itself really, really, really, really, utterly and absolutely sucks on the Play Store. For a search company, this has to be one of the most ridiculous contradictions ever. But operators make things a little easier because they can limit the search in specific aspects, so it should be a happy day for any poweruser when they are working again.

The operators in question are:

  • intitle for specifying words that must be in the title in a specific order
  • allintitle for specifying a list of words that need to be in the title regardless of their order
  • pub for specifying the exact publisher’s name, not part of it, with capitals and punctuation. Sure, you can view a publisher’s page on the Play Store, but often that yields a carousel where only a few apps show up whereas this gives you all apps on one page.

A couple of example searches would be:

There’s one quirk as you may have noticed…



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