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How to get paid apps for free on Android

We love apps. We love free apps. And we love paid apps being given away for free most of all. But we don't like pirates and we don't like stealing. There are plenty of legal ways to get paid apps for free on Android – including in the Play Store – and we're going to share a few with you.

Free app of the day

Freapp is one of my favorite apps because every morning I’m greeted by another new app for free. It’s not always one I want but saves me having to look through a ton of lists that other sales apps have.


Naturally, you don’t get anything for free on an app without looking at ads. / © NextPit

As with any deals program, the offers vary: some apps won’t be eligible for updates, and some of the free apps probably don’t cost anything to start with. Nevertheless, the deals just keep coming and there are often some real gems in there.

Freapp – Free Apps Daily

Install on Google Play

AppHoarder – paid apps gone free

This app will delight the thrifty. Most developers make their premium apps free temporarily for promotional reasons or during sales, and once you download an app, it’s yours. Rather than always be looking on the Play Store for deals, this app collects the paid apps that are currently available for free and displays them in a list. You’d be surprised just how many on any given day, but of course, most aren’t so great. Thankfully you can use advanced search and filter options to sort for what you’re most interested in.

App Hoarder

Browse or bargain hunt, you can grab some great deals this way. / © NextPit (screenshot)

Get it on the Play Store

Ask the Internet hive mind

On the Internet, no power is more remarkable than swarm intelligence. A good place to look when researching for exciting deals is Reddit. In particular, the subreddits googleplaydeals and AndroidGameDeals. Follow the link below to check them out together:

/r/googleplaydeals and /r/AndroidGameDeals

The games posted there are sorted by popularity and discussed on site. Quite often the app developers themselves will answer your questions.

Google Play surveys

We’ve written about Google’s free Play Store credit in exchange for answering surveys before. If you’re not aware of it yet, Google offers its very own rewards program because, well, it wants even more information about you and your habits.

Simply install the Google Opinion Rewards app, fill in a short survey and collect your coinage. You’re limited to one survey a week (so you won’t exactly be able to retire early), and you don’t always get paid for every survey, but you can earn up to a dollar per survey. Not bad for a few minutes of your time.

AndroidPIT Paid Apps For Free Google Opinion Rewards

Google likes to know things about you, and it is willing to pay you for it. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google Opinion Rewards

Install on Google Play

Discounted apps and sales

Some apps, such as AppSales, enable you to add apps you’re interested in to a watch list, so you can be notified when they go on sale. It isn’t exactly free, but it’s still better than full price. Plus, AppSales does occasionally post free apps.


Appsales tracks both discounts and freebies. / © NextPit

AppSales: Paid Apps Gone Free & On Sale

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How do you score paid apps for free (no illegal methods, please)? What’s the best deal you’ve ever found for a paid app? Make yourself heard in the comments. 


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