Google introduced promo codes for apps in the Google Play Store earlier this year. It’s an incredibly awesome feature that allows developers to give away copies of their apps for free via a text based code. The feature has been available on iOS for quite some time. We’ve used it to share free copies of apps that developers have generously given away. Now that promo codes for Android apps are available, you might be wondering how a code works and how to redeem it. Here’s a quick run down on how to redeem a code from both the desktop and the Google Play Store app on Android.
If you’ve ever redeemed a promo code for iOS, you know that all you need to do is tap the ‘Redeem’ button at the bottom of the App Store app, enter the code or scan it, and your app will be installed. It doesn’t work like that in the Google Play Store. You have to first navigate to the app that the promo code is for and only when you tap to install it, will you be able to redeem the code.
Redeem App Promo Code – Desktop
Navigate to the app you want to redeem a code for. The app will obviously carry a price tag. Tap the ‘Buy’ button and wait for it to ask you to select a payment method. Open the payment method drop-down and you will see a ‘Redeem’ option. Click it and enter the promo code when you’re prompted to.
If the code is accepted, the price of the app will appear crossed out on the next screen where the Play Store will ask you to select which device you want to install the app on. Tap Install and you’re good to go.
Redeem App Promo Code – Android
Open the Google Play Store app and search for the app that you want to download. Tap the price button and grant the app whatever permissions it asks for. You will then be prompted to tap the ‘Buy’ button. Instead of tapping it right away, open the price drop-down menu and tap the ‘Redeem’ option. Enter the code and tap Redeem. The app will be installed on your device.
The process is easy enough though it is unnecessary to have the user visit the app itself to redeem the code.