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Here's the easiest way to get paid apps for free

Here's the easiest way to get paid apps for free

Did you know that Google has provided Android users with a totally legit way to get free paid apps in the Play Store? It's called Google Opinion Rewards, and all you have to do is answer brief surveys to get instant credit you can use in the Play Store. Here's what you need to know about Google Opinion Rewards and how to make the most of it.

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Say hello to free money. / © ANDROIDPIT

​What is Google Opinion Rewards?

The app is essentially a market research tool. The surveys could be for academic or (more likely) commercial purposes, and you're paid to participate. The app feeds you surveys at varying rates depending on your participation level and location. You usually see a reward of around 40 cents for each survey you complete, all of which are brief. It's surprising how quickly the credit stacks up. If all goes well, you should find yourself with enough pocket change to afford an app or two within a couple of weeks.

Google Opinion Rewards is basically a way for Google and other companies and research institutions to mine you for data, but if you don't have a problem with being rewarded for selling a slice of your privacy, then it's a great way to rack up cash to throw around in the Play Store.

Note that, at the time of writing, Google Opinion Rewards is only available for users in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Mexico, Brazil, and Japan. But Google is working to make the app available in more countries, so don't lose hope.

How to get more surveys on Google Opinion Rewards

Surveys are not fed at a constant rate, and how many you receive will depend on several factors. Google is sneaky; remain on your toes.

1. Make sure you have notifications enabled for the app. This is by far the best way to ensure you don't miss out on surveys, which are time-limited. This is also valuable because the faster you respond to surveys, the more interesting you are to Google, and thus more likely to be fed further surveys.

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Ensure you have notifications for the app enabled. / © ANDROIDPIT

2. Google recently made location-based surveys optional, but it's highly recommended that you opt in, as most surveys are based on places you visit, travel to and from, and such like. If you do opt in, the more you leave your GPS on, the better. Often, these surveys will just be one question: did you visit this place? But you should get them in sufficient numbers to make these ten-cent nuggets worthwhile.

3. Send feedback if you're experiencing problems. If you keep seeing the same question over and over, or you're not getting surveys, send feedback. Google is likely to fix the issue, and if it returns, send more feedback.

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Don't be afraid to send Google some feeback. / © ANDROIDPIT

4. Answer truthfully. Google will insert fake multiple-choice answers and use similar tricks to find out whether you're replying honestly to the surveys. Google does not look kindly on the dishonest, and if you get caught out, you will receive fewer surveys, or potentially be blacklisted entirely.

5. Open the app regularly, at least once a day. This makes you a more interesting person to Google.

6. Be (or pretend to be) a good consumer (Google calls it Google Consumer Surveys when targeting businesses and research firms, after all). Tell Google you visited this or that store, went to this or that place. If Google thinks you like buying things, you should see more surveys come your way. But exercise caution. If you violate rule number four too liberally in the process of pretending to be a good consumer, the penalties are greater than the potential rewards.

Do you use Google Opinion Rewards? How much credit have you accrued, and do you know any other tips for getting more surveys? Share your experiences in the comments.

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  • I haven't had a survey in 3 months. Tried contacting tech support and got no response. Although I think I fell victim of the fake multiple-choice answers and got blacklisted. Maybe if I start playing with the app more they'll unlock me?

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    Deactivated Account May 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Where do you find more surveys for rewards? Here, TryMyApps, it is suitable for ios and android users.

  • Been using Rewards just about 1 year and love it. I have accumulated around $45.00 dollars in that time. I have also told many other people about it and they are also now enjoying getting free apps/books/etc. Keep those surveys coming!

  • I live in the U.S. and have been using this app on both my phone and tablet for more than two years now. You get anywhere from 5 to 15 surveys a month, sometimes a single question and sometimes up to 5 or so. I haven't been asked anything really intrusive or strange. Rewards can be $0.10 for a single survey or more if there are more questions obviously. However, some surveys are completely unpaid, but they don't happen to me nearly as often as the paid surveys so I don't really mind. So far I've earned more than $80 overall, and I use it in the Play Store for apps, Play Music for music singles and full CD downloads, and Play Movies & TV for TV episodes and movie rentals. It has worked out great for me!

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    Deactivated Account May 10, 2016 Link to comment

    it's a great little app that's paid for most of my icon packs, and a few pro upgrades on other apps, mostly for me the questions are shopping based ie my local supermarket chain and what I think about the experience...
    so far I'm averaging £15 a year...

  • the best option is search pro versions apk n install them....u can find easily pro apk

  • I live in Indonesia.. and I can't participate in this app
    Please tell me why..

    • Masalah regional bro, Google Opinion Rewards baru tersedia di beberapa negara aja

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      Deactivated Account May 24, 2016 Link to comment

      You can use our TryMyApps app, there are tasks. if you do one task, we will reward you dollar or points either you are ios or android users.

  • Alex May 9, 2016 Link to comment

    There are way better options than that by just sideloading apps by searching for Apk files and sadly!google opinion rewards doesnt work every where!an article should be global enough for the people!! or else you should have mentioned it like only for people from these territories!!

    • You're quite right, Alex. I've added a list of the countries that the app is available in.

    • FourQ May 12, 2016 Link to comment

      I agree, not disclosing if something is US exclusive has put me off almost all of the AndroidPit Deals and even the articles are starting to display a more US centred focus. I understand that most sites will try to drive up traffic to get more income from adverts but not disclosing a post or deal as US exclusive frustrates the rest of the world and hurts your profits as people stop visiting, believing there will be nothing of relevance.

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