Finding the cost of apps and games for Android prohibitive? You shouldn’t. Several avenues exist for you to get your most-wanted apps for free.
Yes, you read that right: I said free.
After all, you don’t want to be paying 5 or 10 dollars for an app that your friends got for free, do you? The best option here is to get yourself clued up on how to pay as little as possible for apps and games, and the only way to do that is to know what you want.
Getting Started: Make A List
Before you go looking for free apps, take note: this isn’t a way to get free apps right now. You should begin by making a list of the Android apps and games that you covet. If you don’t want to use a pen and paper, you can use one of these quick, synced notepad apps.
If you’re online and have access to Google Play right now, however, then the new favourites bookmark icon is a good option, allowing the creation of a wishlist (accessible via the My wishlist link) with a single tap.
You can then use your list to refer back to when using the following methods to get free Android apps.
Get Free Apps With AppGratis
Your first port of call in your quest for free apps should be the free app AppGratis, which is designed to show you the latest free apps.
I trust you followed that.
With an App of the Day every day and discounts of up to 90% on other top apps, AppGratis makes it very difficult for you to not expand your Android app library.
AppGratis’ developer works to find the latest free and discounted apps, which are then tested to make sure they really deliver what they claim. You can also benefit from freemium giveaways through AppGratis.
Frankly if you really want free apps, then you should have installed AppGratis before you got to read this line.
AppGratis is probably the best of the free app aggregators, and you’ll find few alternatives. We’d suggest keeping clear of most of these, many of which have been proven to use false statements concerning the previous price of “discounted” apps.
Take Surveys On Google Play
Not content with storing all online information about you and flashing ads up in your email inbox, Google also wants your opinion on things. Happily, however, they will actually pay you, with free Play Store credit, if you install the Google Opinion Rewards app and complete some short surveys.
That is, at least, how it works in theory.
In practice, however, taking a survey and getting the due credit can be a bit of a challenge if you’re not the target audience for questions being asked. Criticism for the shortcomings of this app on Google Play are pretty scathing, so we wouldn’t advise installing it if you’re expecting it to generate regular credit.
After all, Google Opinion Rewards is only 1.49 MB, so it’s hardly going to fill your storage. You’ll need to be in the USA, Canada, Australia or the UK for this to work, however.
Get Credit On Amazon App Store
Here’s a trick that you may not have considered. You probably already know that Amazon’s App Store gives apps and games away free on a daily basis.
What you may not know is that many titles on this store come with Amazon Coins, which can be saved up and used to purchase other apps.
In fact, from time to time, the number of coins offered per app or game purchased is beyond the value of the app, meaning that if you shop clever, you can get your hands on a much-coveted game or app by spending very little on something else. Not entirely free, but if you wanted both apps, then it works.
If you’re not familiar with installing apps from Amazon, our guide has the full details for setting this up on your Android device.
Don’t Pirate Apps; You Don’t Need To
App piracy is unwarranted, and while it might seem an attractive option to download from an unscrupulous third party and sideload your most-wanted app, there are legal and security reasons why you should not fall into this trap.
After all, each of the methods above can be used to get free apps. However, rather than using them individually, you should employ all three simultaneously for the best chance of getting the app or game you want for as little as possible, preferably free.
Do you know of other ways to get free apps for Android? Did we miss a special offer, or a regular promotional event giving away games for free? Let us know in the comments!