If you have an Android device, you know that the way you’ll need to download apps and games is through the Google Play store. But before you dig into your pockets to pay for these apps and games with your hard-earned cash, you should know that it’s possible – and even easy! – to earn free Google Play credits to use instead.
The Google Play store offers a wide selection of Android apps and games, and your Google Play credits (which will be available in gift card form) won’t ever expire, so you can use them when you’re ready.
Even if you don’t use an Android mobile device, you’ll probably still use the Google Play store as it offers music, movies, TV shows, books, and magazines for purchase.
I have an iPhone, but my Google Play catalog of purchases includes 30 movies, 58 music albums, and 5 books, not to mention a variety of apps I can use on my Chromebook or just keep in case I ever decide to switch back to an Android mobile device.
Free Google Play Credits
It’s easier than you think to earn free Google Play credits. Here are some of the best ways to get started.
1. Google Opinion Rewards
Google Opinion Rewards is my favorite way to earn free Google Play credits because the Google name is right there. Google wants your help in improving their products and services, and you can earn points in one of two ways. First, download the Google Opinion Rewards app to make the most of your “standing around and waiting” time. Complete short surveys and get rewarded with Google Play credit. Enable notifications to get a heads up on when a survey is waiting to be completed.
Another option that is not currently open to new panelists is the Audience Measurement panel. If you’re lucky enough to be invited to this program, you’ll receive the products you need to get started sharing your TV and internet usage with Google. This reminds me of the Nielsen Families program for keeping track of television ratings. It’s not something you can directly sign up for; you need to be asked. Still, if you can get into the program, you can make some big bucks!
It’s super easy to earn points through Swagbucks, and I have been doing so for years. The easiest way to earn Swagbucks is by going through Swagbucks first to do your online shopping, then shop as normal and you’ll earn a certain number of Swagbucks per dollar spent (it varies by the day and by the retailer).
But that’s just one of the many ways to earn Swagbucks. You can also watch videos, answer surveys, sign up for special offers (many of which are FREE!), play games, and even just use Swagbucks as your default search engine. Once you’ve earned enough Swagbucks, you can redeem them for Google Play and other gift cards. Earn Swagbucks via your normal online browser as well as the Swagbucks mobile app.
Download the FeaturePoints app to earn points for rewards which include free Google Play credit. Points can be earned in several different ways. First, you can earn cash back through online shopping done via the app at popular retailers like Macy’s, Target, Walmart, and more. Just take the extra step of going through the app before making your normal purchases. Second, you can complete surveys in your free time to earn points. Third, you can try free apps – including games – for just a few minutes to get credit. Finally, you can share FeaturePoints with your friends to earn up to 50% of what they earn in points, for life. It pays to share – literally! Once you’ve earned enough points, you can choose from a variety of gift cards including Google Play.
GrabPoints reminds me a lot of the previous app mentioned: simply complete online activities like watching videos, taking surveys, completing offers, downloading apps, and more to receive rewards including gift cards and Google Play credits. Their testimonials claim that GrabPoints pays out more quickly than others as it requires fewer points to cash out, so if you need free Google Play credits quickly, this might be the place to start.
Not to be confused with that other Insta app…InstaGC rewards you for completing surveys, watching videos, shopping online, and searching the web. You’ll receive points for each activity that can then be redeemed for Google Play and other gift cards – instantly!
Sign up for PrizeRebel and you’ll earn points to redeem for gift cards including Google Play. Besides answering surveys, you can also earn points by signing up for offers and watching videos, similar to other membership rewards sites that I’ve previously mentioned.
Sign up for FreeMyApps and earn credits by downloading new apps and games. You can also refer your friends, enter their social media contests, and complete other offers on the web to earn credits. These credits can then be redeemed for popular gift cards, including free Google Play credits.
AppNana operates in a similar vein to the previous mention: download and use free apps and games to earn credits which can then be used for free Google Play credits and more. Did I mention it’s FREE?!
And one more “try free apps and games” option: BoomGift is an easy way to earn “coins” that can be redeemed for gift card rewards. Just download and install the app, try free apps to earn coins, and save on your Google Play credits.
Mobile gamers will love this one: MistPlay will not only reward you for downloading new game apps, but you’ll also earn points by playing the games. The more consistently you play, the more bonuses you’ll be able to earn. Keep the streak going from day to day to earn bigger daily bonuses.
Redeem these points for gift cards, including Google Play. If you’re already playing games on your phone in your downtime, why not get rewarded for it?
Another option for gamers, Bananatic lets you earn points (“bananas”) for complete simple in-game quests and writing game reviews. These games are available to play not just via the app, but also in a web browser, which is my gameplay method of choice. Most “bananas” are earned through gameplay, but you can also earn by watching ads, referring friends, and more.
12. Fetch Rewards
This one’s pretty simple and you can put your kids to work: scan your grocery receipts and upload them to Fetch Rewards to earn points every time you purchase any of their 250+ participating brands. Besides scanning receipts, you can also earn points when you link your account to select online retailers (Amazon, Target, etc.). As you collect points, you can redeem them on various gift card rewards, including Google Play.
13. Gift Card Granny
You’ve probably heard of buying discounted gift cards online to save even more on a normal purchase, but you can take those savings a step further with Granny Cash Back Rewards from Gift Card Granny. Purchase discounted gift cards from select retailers like normal and you’ll earn cash back that can be redeemed for free gift cards, including Google Play.
You can also earn Granny Cash Back Rewards by signing up for an account, subscribing to select newsletters, referring a friend, downloading the app, and more. Once you’ve hit the $5 cash back threshold, grab your free Google Play credits!
14. Google Chromecast
If you own a Google Chromecast, you may find a special offer that gets you $6-$25 of Google Play credit for every Chromecast device you own. To find it, you’ll need to download the Google Home app or check the Chromecast Offers page from your Chromecast. Since the offers vary in amount and you don’t need to register your Chromecast for it to work, you can continue to check back periodically to see what amount they’re currently offering before you make the jump and register.
15. Samsung Rewards
I’ve seen elsewhere that when you register your device with Samsung Rewards, you may receive free Google Play credits (reportedly $25). When I registered my Samsung phone, I didn’t get any free credits, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. Consider signing up for Samsung’s email list to get a heads up on special offers like this one.
Even if you don’t receive any free Google Play credits through Samsung Rewards, it’s still helpful to sign up as you can earn points from eligible purchases on Samsung.com and in the Shop Samsung app to redeem toward Samsung products and more.
16. Google Local Guide
Here’s another “this might work for you” option: become a Google Local Guide and you’ll not only improve the Google Maps experience for everyone, but you’ll also earn points and perks once you hit a certain level. These perks might include free Google Play credits.
To get started, click the “Join” button on this page, then rate and review the location you visit. Take photos, add places, answer questions, and more to help out your fellow Google users. As you earn points, you’ll move up the level system, up to level 10. The higher your level, the more special perks you’ll receive along with early access to Google features.
17. Discounted Gift Cards
Finally, if you’re looking for the simplest solution for getting free Google Play credits, you can resort to buying a discounted gift card. Yes, the gift card itself isn’t free (of course!), but if you consider that you’re getting the full face value of the gift card, but at a discount, it’s like at least a portion of it is free, right? Here are some of the best and easiest ways to purchase discounted Google Play gift cards:
Sam’s Club: If you have a Sam’s Club membership, you can buy discounted Google Play gift cards online with free shipping. They also have an e-card option available with digital delivery if you need it right away.
Target: Sign up for a Target REDcard and you’ll save 5% on most purchases, including non-Target gift card purchases. And yes, they have Google Play gift cards! A Target REDcard is available in both credit card and debit card form.
Raise: Shoppers can buy and sell discounted gift cards at Raise.com, including Google Play gift cards. Discounts vary depending on the value of your card, but you can save at least a little bit. If you’re squeamish about purchasing gift cards from other people, don’t be: purchases at Raise.com come with a 1-year money back guarantee.
You can use any or all of these methods to save in the Google Play store, whether you’re sharing your opinion with Google or other survey companies, shopping through an online portal, or buying gift cards at a discount. Try a few of them out for yourself and see how easy it is to get started.
What other ways do you use to get free Google Play credits? Please comment below to share your experience!