I appreciate that what I’m about to tell you will sound like a scam, but it really isn’t: there’s an entirely legitimate way to get free Google Play credit, and it’s endorsed by Google itself.
Actually, I should say “earn” rather than “get”, but don’t worry: there’s little actual work involved, and the amount of time involved will probably add up to less than ten minutes over the course of a year.
How can I get free Google Play credit?
Your pathway to free Google Play credit comes via the Google Opinion Rewards app for Android. Whenever you get a new phone, it should always be the first thing you install.
In short, it’s an app where Google asks market research questions on behalf of its partners. The surveys take literally seconds to fill in, and in my experience usually revolves around places you’ve been via geolocation. Google tries to make this a little less creepy by listing a bunch of shops you haven’t been into and one you have.
You get informed of new ones arriving via a push notification, so you don’t need to keep checking in. Each three-to-four-question survey takes less than a minute to finish, and you get paid between 2p and 50p per completion.
That may not sound like a lot, but if you’re not a big app spender, then it quickly adds up. According to my app, I’ve been using it since 18 August 2016 and in that time have amassed a grand total of £49.14 from 373 surveys.
Remember that Google Play Credit isn’t just for apps. In fact, I used my last batch on a film rental, having already treated myself to free premium upgrades on the apps I use the most.
I need it faster than that! How can I get cheap Google Play credit?
Well, you won’t get Google Play credit free any other way that I’m aware of, but you can at least pay a little less. Outlets such as CDKeys sell Google Play gift cards at a small reduction. At the time of writing, you can buy a £10 voucher for £9.79 or a £50 one for £47.99.
As I say, it’s a pretty minor reduction, but if you don’t have time to wait for surveys to drop, then it still beats paying full price.
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