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How to get paid apps for free on Android

Kris Carlon

We love apps. We love free apps. And we love paid apps that cost nothing most of all. But we don't like pirates, so if you have an eye patch on your face and a parrot on your shoulder, be gone with ye! Having said that, there's plenty of legal ways to get paid apps for free for your Android so today we're going to share a few with you. Here is our guide on how to get paid Android apps for free.

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With the right tools you can get paid apps for free. Party time! / © Google Play

Amazon App of the Day

The Amazon Appstore may be the oft-forgotten little brother of the Google Play Store, but one of the great things about Amazon being second best is that they offer up a free app every day to drag your attention away from Google's monster market.

You have options on how to get this, just hit the Amazon Appstore online to see the App of the Day listed up the top, download the Amazon app or grab a notification app like Free App Notifier for Amazon (which sadly only works for the US Amazon Appstore right now) for daily alerts. Just bear in mind that to use Amazon's Appstore you will need an Amazon login.

You can't install the Amazon App Store from the Google Play Store anymore, you need to install it right from the Amazon website here. Make sure you go into the settings of your Android phone first, then choose check the box for allow Unknown sources under Security and tap OK. Once you have installed the app, go ahead and uncheck this button.

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When you open your Amazon app just tap the menu and go to Apps & Games: it will bring you to the app store, and the free app of the day will be at the top. / © ANDROIDPIT 


AppGratis is one of my favorite apps because every morning I'm greeted by another new app for free. There's no overload of offers – just one app a day – curated by Sam the ever comical developer with the bad jokes.

Sometimes the free apps offered by AppGratis won't be eligible for updates, so keep that in mind, and not every free app offered ever cost anything in the first place! Nevertheless, the AppGratis deals just keep coming and there's often some real gems in there.

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AppGratis will hand deliver a free app offer to you every day. / © ANDROIDPIT/iMediapp

Google Play surveys

We've written about Google's free Play Store credit in exchange for answering surveys before. If you're not aware of it yet, Google offers it's very own rewards program because, well, they want even more information about you and your habits.

Simply install the Google Opinion Rewards app, fill in a short survey and collect your coinage. You're limited to one survey a week (so you can't exactly retire early), and I've seen reports that you don't always get paid for every survey, but you can earn up to a dollar per survey. Not bad for a few minutes of your time.

There's another app called Get Paid Apps Free where you watch short videos or download selected apps in exchange for credit that can be cashed out to buy other apps in the Play Store.

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Google likes to know things about you, and they are willing to pay you for it. / © ANDROIDPIT/Google

App of the Day

App of the Day does basically the same thing as AppGratis and Amazon, offering a paid app for free (or discounted) for a limited time only. There's lots of different versions of this app, so you need to get the one relevant to your location (otherwise the Play Store will tell you it is incompatible with your devices), but once you've got it installed you can add it to your daily check list for scoring paid apps for free.

I should also note that other apps, like AppSales, let you add apps you're interested in to a watch list, so you can be notified when they go on sale. Not exactly free but still better than full price. Plus, AppSales occasionally post free apps too.

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App of the Day often includes free or heavily discounted apps for Android. / © ANDROIDPIT/Appturbo

Google Play return policy

If you're interested in a game and actually don't mind spending a few bucks on it but don't want to commit unless you know it's actually worth it, then you can take advantage of Google's returns policy for apps. When you pay for an app you've got two hours to test it out before you are stuck with the purchase.

A couple of hours may not seem like a long time, but it's definitely long enough to get a feel for a game and know if you actually want to pay for it or not. And if you're really, really skint you could manufacture a night's entertainment out of just your phone and a stopwatch!

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Google allows you to refund an app with 48 hours of the initial purchase, no questions asked! / © ANDROIDPIT

How do you score paid apps for free (no illegal methods please!)? What's the best deal you've ever had on a paid app?

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  • Sagar Joshi 3 months ago Link

    Download featurepoints from playstore and use code 6NY678.

  • Gayle C. 4 months ago Link

    About your free apps..I have to use Amazon Apps, my phone doesn't support Google Play. The very best deal I got was Merriam Websters Unabridged Dictionary. Shortly after I got it for free, I saw it selling for $49.99. It has since dropped to $24.99.

  • Bojan M. 4 months ago Link

    If you want notification of Amazon app of the day, you can install Pushbullet (an amazing app on its own) and just subscribe to Amazon channel.

  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 4 months ago Link

    can we stop microwaving? it is annoying enough in the German Section.

  • Ramesh Nimmana 5 months ago Link

    here go....
    ***Admin edit: links are forbidden***

  • Mohammed Akib 5 months ago Link

    Great Content.

  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 7 months ago Link

    Surveys available in Germany sinc some weeks...

  • Paisan NYC 8 months ago Link

    I used to get the Google Surveys about once or twice a week. Now I am lucky if I get one a month.

  • Lalit
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    • EXPERT
    8 months ago Link

    Well, I am not aware about the Google Opinion rewards looks like I should try that one out ! Oops incompatible for my device. :(

  • Shahin Ullah 8 months ago Link

    Use This Apps For Download Paid Apps,Games,Widgets,Livewallpapers,,,,

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  • Raindance Rob 8 months ago Link

    Google Play Surveys is a waste of time, i had it installed for a good few months & didnt even get one survey. in the end i uninstalled it

  • Nishant gauns 8 months ago Link

    Well admin is that a android l developer addition or a L theme??? And one thing of i buyed the app and under 15 min i backed it up using titanium backup and than i returned it to Google under 15 min!!! What will be the result?

    • Kris Carlon
      • Admin
      • Staff
      8 months ago Link

      It's the Android L theme via CyanogenMod's Theme Showcase app.

      I have no idea what your suggestion would do but we don't support piracy anyway so I won't be looking into it.

    • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 4 months ago Link

      I havvent tested but well, I would say that most of the better of a license check so sooner or later the app will be useless and you wont get any updates, obviously

  • tekf33k3n 8 months ago Link

    Even in the US, the Survey app is hardly what you would call available. I'm not sure where the author gets his info about it offering a survey once a week. It's never been that frequent. It's more along the lines of once a month and the credit for the last few surveys have been ten cents or nothing at all.

    • Doug Rowan 8 months ago Link

      Hmm I actually get surveys every other day or so. Maybe has to do with the questions toy answered at the beginning. I've probably earned about $15-20 in the last 6 months with it

      • illmatic270 5 months ago Link

        Wow, lucky you. I forget I have the app. That's how often I get surveys.

  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 8 months ago Link

    too bad that the most official way to get free credit, the oppinion surveys are not available here...

  • Paco Inurreta 8 months ago Link

    If you speak any other language other than english you can also try to contact the developer and help him translate the app, most of them give you the pro/premium version "for free" for helping them.