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How to get paid apps for free on Android

Update: Amazon credits and data cap destroyers

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 4 weeks ago

We love apps. We love free apps. And we love paid apps being given away for 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! There are plenty of legal ways to get paid apps for free on Android – including in the Play Store – so we're going to share a few with you. Here's our guide on how to get free paid Android apps.

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Before we continue, it's worth pointing out that free apps may cost in other ways: as one study discovered, ad-funded apps can use an average of 79 percent more mobile data than the ad-free equivalents. If you're on a limited monthly mobile data plan, choosing the free option of an app may be a false economy.

Google Play free app of the week

Google Play has taken a leaf out of Amazon's book and introduced a free app of the week promotion, where a previously paid-for app is available for nothing. It's done a rubbish job of promoting it though, and it's hidden away where you're unlikely to stumble across it. 

To access the Google Play free app of the week, use your device to visit the Family section of the Play Store. You should now see a banner promising a free app of the week. If you tap it you'll see an install dialog that tells you what the app is and what it normally costs. Even then you don't get an app summary, just the title and icon.

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Amazon

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 it offers up a free app every day, to try to drag your attention away from Google's monster market. Unlike Google Play, it isn't necessarily a family-friendly app; at the time of writing the free app of the day is a point and click adventure game.

There are several ways to access Amazon's free apps. Just hit the Amazon Appstore online to see the App of the Day listed up the top, or download the regular Amazon app (see screenshots below). You can't install the Amazon App Store from the Google Play Store anymore: you need to install it right from the Amazon website. Just bear in mind that to use Amazon's Appstore you will need an Amazon login. 

Make sure you go into the Security settings of your Android phone first, then check the box for Allow Unknown Sources and tap OK. Once you have installed the app, go ahead and uncheck this button. 

If you don't want to check the Amazon app every day, you can also grab a notification app such as Free App Notifier for Amazon (which only works for the US Amazon Appstore) or Daily Free App @Amazon (for global Amazon app stores) for daily alerts. 

There's also another way to get free apps on Amazon. If you're a member of its Prime program, which offers free next-day delivery on many items, opting for slower deliveries on your orders (on a per-order basis) can give you a credit against Amazon's digital content: not just apps, but music or video too. The credits aren't huge — think a pound, euro or US dollar per slower delivery — but if you order a lot of Amazon stuff it soon adds up. Then again, if you aren't in a hurry, why are you paying for Prime in the first place?

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The regular Amazon app will show you the free app of the day (right). / © ANDROIDPIT
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Free App of the Day apps

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.

As with any deals program, the offers vary: some apps won't be eligible for updates, and some of the free apps probably don't cost anything to start with. Nevertheless, the AppGratis deals just keep coming and there's often some real gems in there. Also keep an eye on Freapp, which does basically the same thing.

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AppGratis will deliver a free app offer to you every day. / © ANDROIDPIT
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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 its very own rewards program because, well, it wants 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 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 used to buy other apps in the Play Store.

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Discounted apps and sales

Some apps, such as AppSales, enable you to add apps you're interested in to a watch list, so you can be notified when they go on sale. It isn't exactly free, but it's still better than full price. Plus, AppSales does occasionally post free apps.

There's another alternative called Getjar: Paid Apps for Free where downloading and trying some apps will earn you credit for downloading or upgrading others.

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App of the Day often includes free or heavily discounted apps for Android. / © ANDROIDPIT
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Google Play return policy

If you're interested in a game and 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 two 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 found for a paid app?

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Viktor jovanović v. 5 days ago Link to comment

    You can also go to Google Play - Get paid apps for free. good luck!

  • Saleh Jamali 5 days ago Link to comment

    The easiest way to download android paid apps for free.

    copy the link to browser then remove the space in url https ://youtu.be/x_KuiPZCxc4
    the space is after https

    any comment please write it in youtube video

  • GrimJimCrowley 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Google Play Rewards is great! Able to get premium version of Nova Launcher without spending my own hard-earned $$$

  • William Kane 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    Nice idea, but m not sure its 100% legit.

  • Junaid Qureshi 4 weeks ago Link to comment

    I use Blackmart app to get paid apps for free ;-)

    • sinkster
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      4 weeks ago Link to comment

      I'd be wary about blackmart, Aptoide or any other app pirating app/site. Any of their pirated apps (i.e. any paid apps for 'free') have the ability to compromise your phones security at root level and install undetectable or unremovable trojans. If you don't pay a developer for his work, you pay in other ways ;)

      • Junaid Qureshi 4 weeks ago Link to comment

        Ya I know and blackmart app always ask for root access but i denies that, I use android fire wall to break internet collection of certain apps and also xprivacy Xpose module so that i have permission controls over those apps

      • Junaid Qureshi 4 weeks ago Link to comment

        I am more sacred after using app called "king Root" which give you root access in just 1 click without doing anything
        What if that apps source codes r mixed with a malware,virus or torjan apps to get them root access that will make them more worse ,user will never get to know about it
        This is a that a serious problem
        u should post about it in AndroidPit informing people not to install apps from untrusted source

      • sinkster
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        4 weeks ago Link to comment

        That won't really help, it stops the simpler hacks like malware and phishing but won't detect certain intents that seem legitimately coded into an app. Obviously it's your choice; most of the apps from these sources aren't decompiled/recompiled by pros so the damage can be and will be limited, but similarly this is where some coders introduce new hacks. Plus you're depriving someone their income, but that's for other threads.

  • Jack Andrews 2 months ago Link to comment

    The Amazon Appstore for Android also gives away a bunch of paid apps for free about once a month. There's typically between 25 and 35 apps, normally costing around $100, available for free for two or three days.

  • Charlie Adkins 2 months ago Link to comment

    This tip is what we are looking fort as there are paid apps that are worth downloading but sometimes we don't have the money to avail it.

  • Phil 2 months ago Link to comment

    ya get nothing for nothing in this world -- THEIR IS ALWAYS A CATCH SOMEWHERE

  • Albert Hond 3 months ago Link to comment

    Hey guys! I've just tried Gums Up! It's pretty cool and works fast. You can redeem your credits almost instantly! Give it a try!

  • Alfa M Jalo 3 months ago Link to comment

    Or... you could just have 'Aptoide'! :D

  • Lisa Gierszewski 4 months ago Link to comment

    I have been doing Google Play Rewards since November 2013, so far I have earned $73.46. Plenty of paid apps for free.

  • Yvie 4 months ago Link to comment

    The Google Play Refund tip is a little confusing – says 2 hours in the copy, but 48 hours on the image caption. Which is correct please?

  • Xochitl Shatt 4 months ago Link to comment

    Through your free apps i like Appgratis and also well written content so.

  • Roel Riddersma 4 months ago Link to comment

    You also can download Aptoide from the internet.

  • Sagar Joshi 7 months ago Link to comment

    Download featurepoints from playstore and use code 6NY678.

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