If you’re an Android user, you’ve probably visited the Play Store hundreds of times as your central hub for apps, movies, and books. What you may not be aware of is that the Google Play points system in the store can earn you free rewards.
You must first become a member
Play points are a fairly standard rewards system that Google offers on the Play Store. In the menu you will see a section devoted entirely to Play points. You must register for the program if you have not yet earned points, which means that you probably have not accrued points from your previous purchases. But registering is as easy as tapping the “Join Free” button in the Play points menu, although you may have to provide a payment method if you haven’t already given one to the Play Store.
Other than that, the program is pretty straight forward; you get one point for every dollar you spend in the store, with different incentives to increase the number of points you receive based on how much you buy. Especially during the first seven days of signing up for Play points, you will automatically receive three times as many Play points as normal. There are also a few rewards for installing certain apps or purchasing subscriptions that you can check out in the Play points section.
So, what can you get for free?
There are a few things you can do with your Play points, but the most rewarding for you is probably the instant redemption for Google Play credit. You can receive gift cards through the Play points section for 100 points per dollar. You can use these to rent movies, buy apps, buy books, and anything else you want, assuming you get enough points – but that can take a while.
Another nice thing you can use Play points for is in-app purchases. Certain developers have partnered with Google to offer coupons for their apps that are redeemable for Play points, while other apps (mainly games) have purchases that can be made directly with Play points. You can browse these offers in the Play points section. The last option is charity; you can donate your Play points to a variety of causes, such as Doctors Without Borders, at a rate of 50 points per dollar, so if you don’t really care about this system, this is a fun way to get rid of them and help get a good target.
While none of these options are groundbreaking, they are nice to have on hand and are useful rewards for buying stuff from the Play Store. While it takes time to get enough points to buy something substantial, saving a few bucks here and there can never hurt anyone.
At the end of the day, Play Points are a simple program. While you won’t be making money after signing up, a gradual build-up of free credit can be nice. And there’s no harm or risk to signing up, so you might as well – it’s basically just free money.