The Google Play Store is home to some amazing apps and while quite a few of these apps are available for free with or without ads, many of them are paid. Fortunately there are some great ways you can get these apps for free without using any illegal methods.
Earn Play Store credit with Google Opinion Rewards
The Opinion Rewards App is an app created by Google that allows you to earn Play Store credit by completing some quick surveys. They send out a new survey around once per week and you’ll get a notification on your phone when one is ready for you. You’ll receive up to $1.00 in Play credit for completing the surveys which you can then use to purchase apps on the Google Play Store.
The questions are very easy and can range from, “Which logo is best?” and “Which promotion is most compelling?” to “When do you plan on traveling next?”. Just make sure you answer the surveys as soon as you get the notification because they expire after some time and you will lose the opportunity to earn some free credit.
Keep track of limited time free app offers on the Play Store
The Play Store will occasionally offer up some random paid apps for free as a limited time offer, but unless you know how to keep track of these offers it’s easy to miss out.
There are a few ways to do this and one of the best is to use an app like AppsFree. The app itself is very simple, it has a list that is constantly updated with the latest paid apps that are currently being offered for free or discounted. You can fine tune the list so it won’t show you any apps that you already own or apps that you’re not interested in. You can also disable entire categories like “Games” or “Wallpapers” so the list won’t show any apps in those categories if that’s not what you’re looking for.
Another way to keep track of the free app offers on the Play Store is to check the subreddits Google Play Deals and Android Game Deals. The benefit of checking these pages is that you don’t have to sign up or download anything just to check for offers. All the latest offers are posted daily by regular Play Store users and you can simply click the link and it will take you straight to the Play Store where you can download the app. Just make sure to check the pages regularly so you don’t miss out on any good offers.
Become a beta tester for new apps
Many developers need beta testers for their apps before they are officially released onto the Play Store and these testers get completely free access to the app. Once the final version of the app is released the developers will occasionally allow the beta testers to upgrade to the final version for free.
You can find apps that are looking for beta testers by simply searching for “beta” on the Play Store or you can download the Beta Testing Catalog app which conveniently lists all the apps that are currently looking for testers. While this is certainly a great way to try out some new apps for free, you should also keep in mind that the reason you have access to the app is to help the developer by reporting bugs and giving feedback.