How To Get Paid Android Apps For Free, Legally

Christian Cawley 29-01-2015

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 Better Than a Notepad: The 3 Fastest Ways To Jot Down Notes on Android Whether you need to jot down ideas for your next project or items you want to pick up at the store, it's always good to have something ready for taking notes. Many people carry around... Read More .

If you’re online and have access to Google Play right now, however, then the new favorites 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 Answer Surveys To Receive Play Store Credit With The New Google Opinion Rewards App Google has released a new app that allows you to earn Play Store credits by answering surveys. The Google Opinion Rewards app is U.S. only for now. Read More .



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 How To Find Virtually Any Mobile App For Free, Legally Read More 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.

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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!

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  1. Wisdom Michael
    March 24, 2018 at 12:25 am

    I came across your site from the search engine.
    This article was really helpful. I finally got what i wanted. I'll make sure i bookmark it so that i can come back and read more interesting content. Do well to also check our Tech Category

  2. Sherry
    February 19, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I I use this one
    I have noticed some Free appt links to Google Play are for an "App Gratis" version of the app.

    • Christian Cawley
      February 24, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      That could prove confusing!

  3. Jaxx89
    February 2, 2015 at 10:57 am

    US, UK and Australia and Canada. Still, limited as of now.
    I think it should be mentioned in the article. Not everyone belongs to either one of these countries.

  4. Jaxx89
    February 1, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Google Opinion limited to US only

    • Christian Cawley
      February 2, 2015 at 8:48 am

      No, I'm using it in the UK.

  5. Tom
    January 30, 2015 at 2:25 am

    My wife and I get Rewards surveys all the time... we haven't actually "bought" an app in a long time. She has about $20 stored up and is going to use it on donuts in Simpsons Tapped Out and I constantly buy apps with mine. (just recently got CF.lumin and Auto Notifications... both well worth it.)

    Just be sure you don't block ads with a modified hosts file... I'm pretty sure that stops you from getting surveys. Also, don't lie if asked about a product you haven't heard of... Google will slip fake products into their questions every now and then. Lie enough times and they'll cut you off.

    • Christian Cawley
      February 8, 2015 at 8:50 am

      Hi Tom, this is a good suggestion, and an excellent way of leveling up in games. Thanks!

  6. Larry virden
    January 29, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Mpoints and things like the weather channel widget make it easy to save up points. Use those free points earned by using free apps to bid on mpoints sweepstakes. Then every 3 weeks you earn $1 in amazon credit which can be used in conjunction with your amazon coin tip

    • Christian Cawley
      February 8, 2015 at 8:49 am

      That's a great tip, Larry, thanks for sharing!

  7. rich
    January 29, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I've been using the Amazon Coins trick, and Google Rewards for a while now. While they are slow to get you free apps, they do work.

  8. Matthew
    January 29, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    If you don't want to load appgratis, just keep checking the website ...

    There is also App of the day by Appturbo

    Freeapp - looks like recommendations of free apps, rather than any special free apps

  9. Mark
    January 29, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I have used AppZapp for a while and it's been alright. Amazon Appstore has a free app everyday and sometimes loads in one go...

  10. michel
    January 29, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    AppGratis wants access to my media and my calls. No thanks.

    • Charles
      January 30, 2015 at 11:01 am

      If I understand correctly, a lot of apps have that access so it won't interrupt your media playback or phone calls, assuming you've left notifications for that app on, but I don't have that app either, so idk how it works specifically.