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How To Find Virtually Any Mobile App For Free, Legally

Christian Cawley 09-11-2012

free mobile appsI was recently looking for a new game to pass the time on my Android tablet; a quick browse through the Play Store yielded little of interest in terms of free titles. However, one game did catch my eye, but due to the situation (waiting in a local doctor’s surgery)  I didn’t want to go through the rigmarole of buying a game only to find I didn’t like it.


Instead, I decided to have a browse of the web, and soon found myself in the Amazon Android – where I found the exact same game available for free!

This, naturally, got me thinking: just how else might one find free apps and games for mobile devices, and how easy is it to get them?

Let’s find out…

The Amazon App Store

Probably the most famous third party app store, Amazon’s attempt to encroach on the Android Marketplace (now Google Play) was met with some suspicion when it was first announced. While some pretty good titles were available at launch, however, this is something that only happens occasionally these days, with the majority of games and apps listed as free proving to be average at best.

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Available as a free mobile app from Amazon the daily free app is usually listed alongside other titles that may or may not be of interest.

Sadly for iOS users, the Amazon App Store only provides software for Android devices – but as with any app, check the details to confirm that it works with your device and Android version.

Try the AppShopper

For iOS users, meanwhile, you can get hold of free apps that would normally cost a few dollars by visiting, where any apps that have recently had a discount in iTunes are listed.

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These can be from any genre of app, from games and entertainment to social networking, productivity and utilities. Purchases are made via iTunes, however, so AppShopper really sits as an alternative interface that offers a few additional (and quicker) filtering tools so that you can easily find what you are looking for. A search engine is also provided in this app.

FreeAppADay (FAAD)

Another website that aggregates and lists free apps for iOS devices is [Discontinued], where games are promoted on the basis of a “free app of the day” for visitors to install. The website has an associated app for iPhone and iPad users to install, enabling faster access to the promoted title.

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Other freebies are listed but note that this service deals almost exclusively with games. As such it might be preferable to AppShopper if your only requirement is for some mobile gaming. Once again, you will be diverted to iTunes from your computer in order to install the game.


Coffee and Apps

If you’re a regular user of the Starbucks coffee chain, you can bag yourself free iPhone apps on a regular basis. Simply pick up a “Picks of the Week” card when you pay for your coffee/latte/chocolate and enter the code printed on the card into the App Store on your phone.

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Moments later you’ll be enjoying a free app, while the developer grins from ear to ear after being promoted within the world’s biggest chain of coffee houses!

Free Apps for Windows Phone?

Like Android and iOS, the Windows Phone mobile platform has its fair share of free apps as well, but these can be difficult to find.


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While you can use the Windows Phone Marketplace to filter apps and check their star ratings based on price, this isn’t a process that stands up to daily scrutiny; it can become a bit tedious. Fortunately the AppDeals service provides a useful app that displays deals direct from developers and publishers, sent to your phone with push notifications so that you don’t miss any free app deals.

If you spot any deals (free or discounted apps) that your friends might enjoy, these can be shared, making this one of the most popular apps on the Windows Phone platform. Like app Windows  Phone 7 apps, AppDeals is compatible with Windows Phone 8.

Wishlists and Sharing

There are other ways of acquiring free apps for your mobile device, however, methods that require only minimal input from yourself. Using iTunes, you can select items (apps and games, but also music and video) from the store and using the arrow to the right of the Buy button select Tell a Friend (don’t use Wish List as this cannot be shared). All you then need to do is cross your fingers that your friend is kind enough to buy the app for you – delivering it into your possession for free!

Five Ways to Get Free Apps!

So there you have it, five excellent ways to get free mobile apps and games for your smartphone or tablet.

You don’t need to spend a penny on any of these methods (unless you go in for some reciprocal buying with your app-happy buddy) and they all offer a good mix of titles and categories. While there is the question of relevance (how likely is it that you might actually, really, truly want the free app on offer?) if you get your timing right and shop around you should find (particularly on iOS devices) that useful free software will come your way!

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  1. Ronny
    February 5, 2018 at 5:59 am


  2. Parikshalabs
    January 9, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Great information about Mobile App.

  3. Samarth Gupta
    December 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Now this is what every android user looks for. Good apps are the essence of Android.

  4. Shahbaz Amin
    December 6, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Thanks for this article. I'd try some of these tips especially because I recently found an adnroid game which I would love to have on phone. Let's see if I can find it cheaper or free instead of buying full price from Google Play..

  5. Harry Barnes
    November 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    not quite "vitually any" app, but a few

  6. will
    November 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    thank you for this article.very useful

  7. Sean A
    November 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Thank You I plan on using these tools

  8. Tom Sobieski
    November 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

    "Sadly for iOS users, the Amazon App Store only provides software for Android devices "
    Bwahahahahahaha !

  9. Edward Bellair
    November 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Got to share this with some friends.

  10. Muhammad Ahmad
    November 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    You guys are doing really much hardwork. Thanks

  11. Douglas Mutay
    November 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks for that. Nothing for the Blackbarry users???

  12. Boni Oloff
    November 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I try appshoper so far. They even have app for iphone.

  13. Roystan Ang
    November 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I used to browse AppShopper. Free apps everyday =)

    • Boni Oloff
      November 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

      I also used it, but i found most of the apps is not good quality. Just free with adds. Very annoying.

  14. Ritwick Saikia
    November 11, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Wow timely and great post. Thank you so much.

  15. Anonymous
    November 10, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    For iOS I personally prefer:
    App Chronicles
    Apps Gone Free

  16. Timothy Liem
    November 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    nice shot! I'm heading to the links!

  17. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    One of the more tedious way if you're patient enough, is to start writing reviews for every interesting (or not too interesting) apps you've came across, trial or not. If you're lucky, developers might give you free licenses or beta privilege.
    FAAD sounds so much like Giveaway of the Day.

  18. Mac Witty
    November 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    For iOS there is also the app AppyDays

  19. Nikhil Chandak
    November 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Free App A Day is an good website for free apps !

  20. ha14
    November 10, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Free apps = no more space on ios :)

  21. TorchingIgloosdotcom
    November 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Try Getjar, lots of quality paid apps in their store for free. Yes, their app is required and runs in the background... but I've found some real gems in there on occasion

  22. Michael Blackburn
    November 10, 2012 at 5:51 am

    One feature missing from Google Play is that devs cannot just drop the price to free for a limited time, like they can do with the iTunes Appstore. In all honesty I think this hurts the development/marketing - not just because I loves me a freebie (I do!) - but it's a great way of building up a user-base for a paid app, without having to have ad-supported versions (yuck!). I'm not sure if Amazon allow devs to drop the price, or if they absorb the hit, but the games on offer since it's UK launch have varied wildly from pisspoor to meh. The non-games haven't been much better - in one case I recall they were giving away a hacker's dream tool - remote access to your files with no password by default - great! At least they're trying :)
    I've only been playing with Android for a year or so - my iPod 4thGen is bursting with freebies from FAAD - not visited much recently - needs a new battery, but in the past I've had some great stuff. Also watch out for iTune's 12 Day's of Christmas giveaways - there'll be a few apps in there :)

  23. Terafall
    November 10, 2012 at 5:04 am


  24. Suresh Volam
    November 10, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Great. heard about AppDeals. Need to check others.

  25. Yudono R.A.
    November 10, 2012 at 2:27 am

    i think i haven't heard anything about free apps in my local starbucks.. i'm gonna check it out later

  26. Félix S. De Jesús
    November 10, 2012 at 1:58 am

    I'm just wishing that the apps turns to 25 cents, like months ago. I wish to get Minecraft for a Low price heheh

    • raymond mcnatt
      November 10, 2012 at 11:57 am

      25 cents or free

  27. Mihovil Pletikos
    November 10, 2012 at 1:33 am

    great article

  28. Anonymous
    November 10, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Useful article. I have just started my relationship with Android recently through a mobile and a tablet.

  29. Tarek Ramadan
    November 10, 2012 at 12:16 am

    not every thing will be free but great article thanks

  30. Márcio Guerra
    November 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Have to take a look with time to this article! Anyway, thank you!

    • Javier Vega
      November 10, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Same for me, thanks, i'll keep an eye on new apps soon.