How to Get Free Google Play Credit and Codes (Legally!!!)

For the rest of the world (i.e., Apple users) you may not be in the know. According to the Google play website, Google Play is, “a digital distribution service operated and developed by Google LLC. It serves as the official app store for the Android operating system, allowing users to browse and download applications developed with the Android software development kit and published through Google”.

Now that we’ve caught you up to speed, here’s a bombshell of a revelation. An additional aspect of owning an android and using Google Play is that you can earn Google Play credits for free.

For users who have not experienced an android phone, this is an unheard perk! Imagine navigating to your smart phone’s app store, knowing that you’re able to purchase anything you want without incurring a fee. It makes the thought of jumping the Apple boat worthwhile!

We’ve scoped out the best ways to earn free Google Play credit and provide you with a directory of resources. Next time you’re pining for your favorite game’s upgrade, all you’ll have to do is complete a few simple steps to earn credit to purchase.

Make sure you’re taking notes as we guide you through how to get free Google Play.

Three Ways to Score Free Google Play Credit

Survey Sites: Free Google Play Credits in Exchange for Taking Surveys

In past articles, we’ve discussed how to earn free gift cards through surveys. You may remember this gem of a piece. If you don’t, you can jump over here and give it a quick read. For some of these survey sites, you can use your earned credit toward Google Play gift cards. For Android users in need of some free apps, this is a huge win. Below we’ve outlined the best survey sites to capitalize on this offer.


Swagbucks is a site that you can frequent and use in a variety of ways to earn points. The points earned translate to dollar amounts. For example, if you earn 300 points, it is equivalent to $3.00. Once you’ve accumulated enough points, you can then cash in your points toward gift cards of your choice. This is when you can use your points toward a Google Play gift card.

As we mentioned, Swagbucks has a few different ways to earn points. You can complete surveys, use their search engine or shop online through their portal to earn points. With the variety of activities you can do while using Swagbucks, it borders on negligent to NOT use the site, especially when you are able to put those points toward a free Google Play gift card.

Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie is another online survey site. This platform engages individuals by offering survey opportunities. If you fit the specific demographics required, you can complete a survey and earn credit toward free a Google Play gift card.

If you find yourself with a few extra minutes to spare, navigate to Survey Junkie, and see if you’re eligible to take a few surveys. With the wide variety available, you’re bound to find at least a few that can help you earn your way toward free Google Play.

Harris Poll Online

Harris Poll Online is a “new to us” online survey site. Part of the user agreement is that each individual creates an account. From there, participants receive surveys to complete.

A unique aspect of this site is that you’re able to see the results from the survey’s you take. According to the Harris Poll site, you can then “compare your opinions and experiences to people who are like, and unlike, you. Occasionally, you may participate in surveys whose results will be published in national or international media.” This is an intriguing aspect to the user experience that we haven’t encountered before.

Like the other options we’ve mentioned, once you complete the surveys, you earn points. Once you’ve made enough points, you’re eligible to trade them in for rewards, such as Google Play credit.

Earn Google Play Credits in Exchange for Downloading and Trying New Apps

The option to try apps to earn apps seems like a fair deal to us. Here we outline some sites that offer you the opportunity to download and try new apps for a few hours. Once the trial period is complete, you’re rewarded with points. Once you’ve earned enough points, you can trade them for Google Play credit.

It’s as easy as messing around with a new app while you watch your evening television. At the end of the day, you’ll walk away with credit to purchase the apps you want. Who knows? You may even discover an app you like while you try it, and end up keeping it.


Feature Points boasts the following statement on their homepage “Got a few minutes to spare while waiting in line? Make your time more rewarding with FeaturePoints — we’ve paid millions of dollars in reward to our users”.

FeaturePoints is an app-specific to Google Play. You download the app, sign up, and select the method in which you prefer to earn your points. While there are several options, downloading other apps and games to try will earn you credit for the exchange of only a few minutes of your time. Download and try enough apps, and you’ll receive Google Play credit that you can use next time you’re ready to splurge in the app store.


GrabPoints operates similarly to FeaturePoints. When you navigate to their webpage, the description of offering is too good to pass up. It’s also straightforward and transparent, a characteristic we appreciate.

GrabPoints operates on a four-step process. First, advertisers pay GrabPoints to find ways to increase online engagement. GrabPoints then recruits members to create a user profile. After they’re hired, users complete online activities, such as downloading apps to try. Once the user’s end of the bargain is complete, they earn free gift cards. Free gift cards translate to free Google Play. Easy as 1–2–3–4.


AppNana is the third piece to our app downloading the puzzle. Again, it operates in the same fashion as GrabPoints and FeaturePoints, in that it exchanges credit for the downloading and use of games and apps.

However, the thing that makes AppNana stand out amongst the crowd is that you’re not limited to earning one credit per one download. With AppNana, you can download the app, and will continue to receive points every time you play the game or use the app. The more you use it, the more you earn.

We like this feature because it encourages you to find apps you want to use and rewards you for using them. What could be better than receiving a credit to use toward Google Play when you’re in an app you like?

Shopping: Complete Your Regular Shopping and Receive Rewards

Our third, and final, way to earn Google Play brings us to the task that we view as most leisurely. If you’re like us, a lot of your shopping has transitioned to online. You can be in the store, using a platform to find hidden discounts, or you’re shopping from your couch.

There is always a way to use technology. Why not go about your typical day’s worth of shopping, and earn credits toward free Google Play? It’s the biggest no-brainer we’ve found yet.


We’ve talked about Ibotta before, as a way to save money and earn free gift cards. The gift cards you receive can be for Google Play, too.

All you have to do is download the Ibotta App on your smartphone. Next time you go grocery shopping, budget sometime before you leave to find offers at the store of your choice. Make sure you pick up these specific items while there, and when you’re home, upload a photo of your receipt. It’s that easy! You’ll earn credit toward gift cards, and one of your choices is a Google Play card.

You can also use Ibotta when you shop online. Find deals through the app and purchase items you require. This will also result in earning points toward a Google Play gift card. Not only have you found a great deal, but you’ve received something for free. It’s a winning situation.


InstaGC allows you to earn points for shopping online. While you won’t have as many options with InstaGC for ways to earn as you do with Ibotta, it’s still a useful app to use. Once you’ve accumulated enough credit, you’re able to turn it in for Google Play gift cards. Using InstaGC is another end to a mean.

Additional Methods to Earn

Here are a few bonus ways to earn. These methods align more with the idea of “one and done,” but they’re worthwhile to add to your means to earn free Google Play.

Google Opinion Rewards

Google Opinion Rewards is an app available through the Google Play store. It offers you quick surveys to earn Google Play credit with. All you have to do is download the app and answer basic questions about yourself. Once you’ve completed this step, you’ll receive surveys on a semi-regular basis. You complete the surveys and earn credit.

As the name alludes, the surveys are opinion based. You may answer which of three design choices you prefer or what you would pick when offered several options. There’s no wrong answer, and it’s all about what your preferences. For the exchange of your opinion, it’s a great way to earn free Google Play credit.

Join Costco

If you have access to Costco in your area, you can join and find a few ways to earn Google Play credit with your membership. With this situation, often you’ll have to put forth some money to obtain the additional credit.

One of the deals offered in the past was the opportunity to purchase a $100 Gift Card for the price of $82.99. While individuals needed to put forth a hefty chunk of change, they were eligible to receive almost $20 worth of free credit. If you’re keen on the idea of a Costco membership, this is another perk you can use to earn free Google Play credit.

Buy Google Devices & Register Samsung Products

If you’re an avid Android user and are like to upgrade your devices, this is another way to earn Google Play credit.

Each time you purchase a Samsung product, be sure to take the extra time to register it. In doing this, you’ll earn Google Play credit. The most recent offer gives users $50 in Google Play Movies & TV when registering a specific Samsung phone. Make sure to check which products you must purchase to take advantage of these rewards. It will also benefit you to consider upgrading to the device that offers the best perks.

The Bottom Line

It’s never bad news when you find out there are things you can be doing to save money, or earn something for free. This is true, especially when the tasks you must complete to receive the free items are so simple and straightforward.

Whether you have several free hours on your hands or only a few minutes, there are ways to earn Google Play that can fit into your schedule. Earn credit toward free Google Play and never worry about spending extra money on the games or apps you want or need.

Originally published at on August 27, 2019.

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