Want some free cash for the Google Play Store? I‘ve got your back! As a gaming and app expert, I‘m going to share the best methods I‘ve discovered to get free Google Play credit and make your entertainment budget stretch further.
There are so many clever ways to earn free rewards for the Play Store without spending any real money. I‘ll give you a full breakdown of how to score free Google Play gift cards, promo codes, points, and credit along with pro tips to maximize your free funds. Ready to start enjoying Play Store apps, movies, books, and games at no cost? Let‘s dive in!
Overview: The Top Techniques for Free Play Store Money
Here‘s a quick rundown of the various options I‘ll cover in this guide for scoring free Google Play credit from survey apps, cash back portals, referral bonuses, promotions and more:
- Complete surveys on platforms like Google Opinion Rewards and Swagbucks – Fast and easy
- Take advantage of special offers from Google and PayPal – Limited time deals
- Participate in reward programs like Drop and MyPoints – Earn while you spend
- Get cash back through sites like Rakuten for online shopping – Big saver for big spenders
- Refer friends and family to Google Pay – Maximize those referral bonuses
- Watch videos and play games through InboxDollars – Earn by entertaining yourself
- Redeem airline miles and credit card points for Play gift cards – Use those points before they expire
- Receive Play Store gift cards as gifts for birthdays and holidays – Ask for what you really want
- Enter giveaways and sweepstakes – Ya never know when you‘ll get lucky
- Find unused Play Store promo codes on deal sites – Like finding free money
Mix and match those methods for the best results. I easily earn over $100 in free Play credit per year just by combining surveys, referrals, and promotional offers. Now let me explain how you can do the same!
Survey Apps – The Easiest Rewards
In my experience, survey apps provide the fastest and most consistent source of free Google Play credit. Here are my go-to favorites:
Google Opinion Rewards
As a Google platform, this is my top choice for Play Store rewards. I‘ve earned over $60 in free credit just by answering quick surveys on my phone!
Download the free Google Opinion Rewards app for Android or iPhone
Complete your profile answering basic questions
You‘ll get survey invites based on your demographics
Surveys take 1-2 minutes and pay 10 to 40 cents in Play credit
The credits instantly add to your Play balance – no points or gift cards needed!
According to similar app users, it‘s easy to earn around $50/year just by taking a few surveys per week. Definitely worth it for the time commitment.
Swagbucks offers more ways to earn points (called "SB") for Google Play rewards. I enjoy the variety it offers beyond surveys.
Sign up for a free account on Swagbucks.com or in the app
Earn SB by taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, shopping, searching the web, and more
100 SB = $1 in rewards
Redeem 1000 SB for a free $10 Google Play gift card
You can quickly rack up SB through their mobile games and cash back offers. Swagbucks has awarded over $500 million in rewards according to their site!
Play Store Promotional Offers
Google and PayPal often provide limited-time promotions to earn free Google Play credit through targeted spending offers.
Spend $5, Get $10 from PayPal
One of PayPal‘s ongoing promotions awards $10 in free rewards when you spend your first $5 on Google Play using PayPal.
Link your PayPal account as a payment method on the Play Store
Spend $5 or more on your first purchase using PayPal
Within 4 weeks PayPal will email you a $10 reward
The reward credit is deposited into your PayPal wallet
Just for spending money you‘d likely spend anyway, the Play Store gives you back double for free. Unfortunately, their terms say it‘s limited to one per PayPal account.
"For You" Tab in the Play Store App
I check the "For You" tab in the Google Play Store app regularly for free credits.
Open the Play Store app and scroll down to "For You"
Look for free credit and coupon offers tailored to you
I often see nice discounts like $40 off a $40+ purchase
Tap through Play Store offers to add credits to your balance
Google targets Play users with credits based on your actual app usage and interests. It really pays to be a loyal Play Store customer!
Maximizing Reward Programs
Signing up for free rewards programs is a simple way to earn points, gift cards, and cash back for the Play Store.
With MyPoints, you earn for surveys, games, shopping, and more. I‘m a long time member.
Sign up for your free account at MyPoints.com
Earn points for surveys, searches, games, and cash back
2,500 points can be redeemed for a $10 Google Play gift card
Also get Amazon, Target, Starbucks, and other rewards
MyPoints has awarded over $500 million in rewards according to their site. It really adds up over time!
Drop Rewards App
Drop gives you points when you link your credit and debit cards to earn rewards on your spending.
Connect your cards to earn points with purchases
Invite friends with your referral code to earn 1,000 bonus points (worth $1) per sign up
Trade your points for Google Play and other gift cards
The points come in fast when your spending and referrals combine forces. I earned a $10 Play gift card in my first 2 weeks on Drop!
Shop Online and Earn Cash Back
If you frequently shop online already, cash back sites provide an easy way to earn Google Play credit from your spending:
Simply shop through Rakuten to get 1-20% cash back at hundreds of stores.
Join Rakuten for free
Use Rakuten‘s site or browser extension when you shop
Earn cash back on purchases at participating retailers
Get a $10 bonus when you sign up and spend $25
Redeem your Rakuten cash earnings for Google Play gift cards
For big spenders, the cash back earnings can quickly add up to big savings on Google Play purchases.
Top Cashback Referrals
Here are some additional cash back services that reward you for referrals:
TopCashback – Earn $10 for each friend who signs up and earns $10+ in cash back
Ebates – Get a $25 bonus for each referral after their first cash back redemption
Groupon – Both you and your friends earn a $10 bonus when they make their first Groupon purchase through your referral
If you have a lot of shopping-savvy friends, bonuses like these let you rack up Play Store credit just by spreading the word.
Maximize Referral Bonuses
Referral programs offer some of the easiest free rewards, especially when you team up with friends and family to share the wealth.
Google Pay Referrals
Google Pay grants up to ₹100 in app credits for each successful referral.
Share your personal invite link for Google Pay
You both earn ₹100 after they make their first transaction
Credits apply instantly towards Play Store purchases
Only available for personal accounts in India currently
Unfortunately Google limits the referral amount, but every little bit of free credit adds up!
While not Play Store specific, PayPal also grants a $10 bonus to both you and your friends when they sign up and spend $10+ within the first 30 days. Hey, $10 is $10!
Entertainment Rewards Sites
In your free time, entertainment reward platforms let you earn points for the Play Store:
A long running community, InboxDollars pays cash for playing games, taking surveys, watching videos, searching the web, shopping, and more.
Join for free and start earning
Cash out your earnings to PayPal or gift cards when you hit the $30 threshold
Redeem for Google Play cards starting at $5
In 20 years, InboxDollars has paid its members over $59 million according to their site. Not too shabby!
Here you can earn rewards by playing simple online games, taking surveys, watching videos, and redeeming cash back offers.
Sign up for a free account and complete your profile
Start earning points right away playing basic web games
Redeem your points for a large selection of popular gift cards
I‘ve easily cashed out for over $50 in rewards from casually playing games on Idle-Empire while catching up on my favorite streaming shows. Their dual screen earning system really optimizes your time.
This rewards club boasts over $40 million paid out for watching videos, taking surveys, and playing games:
Join Freecash for free
Earn their coins for entertaining activities
Cash out for your choice of gift cards and other rewards
Freecash makes earning rewards extremely flexible – their mobile apps allow you to earn on the go too!
Redeem Program Points
If you actively participate in airline, credit card, retailer, or survey panel rewards programs, check whether you can trade your points for Google Play credit:
Many airline frequent flyer programs allow miles to be redeemed for gift cards including Google Play credit
Some credit card rewards sites like Chase Ultimate Rewards allow point redemption for digital gift cards to the Play Store
Retail loyalty programs like Walgreens and Petco enable earning and redeeming points for e-gift cards to popular brands
Survey panels like Survey Junkie, InboxDollars, Swagbucks and more let you cash out your earnings for Google Play gift cards once you meet the redemption requirements
Don‘t let your unused points in other programs go to waste. Look for opportunities to exchange them for Google Play rewards.
Ask for Google Play Gift Cards
With birthdays, holidays, and other gifting occasions coming up, Play Store gift cards make the perfect request for friends and family members looking for ideas.
To make it easy for gift-givers, Google Play gift cards are available digitally and physically at:
Walmart, Target, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, 7-Eleven, Kroger, Safeway
For children, digital subscriptions, and avid gamers, Play Store credit is always appreciated. Don‘t be shy to ask for what you really want!
Giveaways and Sweepstakes
While winning isn‘t guaranteed, giveaways and sweepstakes provide fun opportunities to score Google Play loot:
Follow gaming and tech blogs offering Play Store cards as prizes for themed giveaways and contests
Watch for gift card giveaways on Instagram and Twitter from influencers in your favorite niches
Join public Facebook sweepstakes groups offering Google Play cards as prizes
Enter any legit sweepstakes you find offering chances at Play credit
Check forums like Reddit‘s /r/GooglePlayDeals community for gift card offers
With lots of blogger and influencer contests out there, your odds aren‘t bad if you regularly enter various Play Store giveaways. Some lucky entrants win big!
Hunt Down Free Promo Codes
Occasionally unused Google Play promo codes get posted on deal forums and aggregators. You may be able to find and redeem free codes if you get lucky:
Check tech deal blogs for unused Play Store codes
Search coupon platforms like Groupon and RetailMeNot
Look for codes on forums like Slickdeals and Wanelo
Visit niche coupon and promo code sites
While scoring an unused Play credit code in the wild isn‘t super likely, some people do occasionally luck out if they frequently check various deal sites.
Tips to Maximize Your Free Google Play Balance
To make the most of your free credits, keep these pro tips in mind:
Add any earned Play points or gift cards to your balance ASAP so they don‘t get lost/forgotten
Make purchases during Play Store sales when credits go further
Set a reminder to use credits before they expire
Redeem for subscriptions to maximize long-term savings
Use credits for discounted educational content on services like Udemy
Gift apps, movies, and books to friends if your balance gets too high
With so many ways to earn and smart ways to redeem, you should never pay full price on the Play Store again. What methods do you find work best? I‘d love to hear your success stories in the comments!