Google Play Points: How To Use the Rewards Program To Save Money

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Google Play Points is a program that lets Android users earn rewards for purchasing apps, games and books on the Google Play Store and completing other qualifying activities. Keep reading to find out how the rewards program works and how you can use it to help you save money.

How To Earn Google Play Points

Once you join the Google Play Points program, you can start earning points from all the purchases you make from your account. To begin with, you will earn 1 point for every $1 you spend on Google Play. As a welcome bonus, you will receive 3x points for every purchase you make during the first week.

Here are some ways through which you can earn Google Play Points:

  • Purchasing apps, games or books on Google Play
  • Making in-app purchases or subscriptions
  • Subscribing to Google One from Android
  • Buying games on Stadia’s Android app

Note that you won’t be able to earn any points from purchases that you made before joining the Google Play Points program.

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Google Play Points Levels

Once you earn enough points in a calendar year, you’ll reach the next level of the rewards program and have the chance to enjoy more benefits.

There are four levels of Google Play Points. Here are the features of each one:

Level Points Required Points Earned for Every $1 Benefits
Bronze 0-149 1 Events to earn in-game points; book multipliers
Silver 150-599 1.1 Weekly Silver prizes plus Bronze benefits
Gold 600-2,999 1.2 Weekly Gold prizes plus Bronze benefits
Platinum 3,000 and higher 1.4 Weekly Platinum prizes, premium support plus Bronze benefits

You can check your points level from your Google Play account. When you make purchases, points are added to your account. You can find your new level (if you have moved up) at the beginning of the calendar year. When you move up to a higher level, you can earn more for every dollar you spend, thus making it possible to redeem your points for rewards more quickly as well.

You should check for promotions and weekly prizes regularly to make sure that you are making the most out of your Google Play Points.

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Using Google Play Points To Save Money

Google Play Points can be quite useful in helping you to save money. Here are some of the ways in which you can use your Google Play Points:

  • Use points for Google Play credit
  • Redeem points to make in-app or in-game purchases
  • Get coupons to make in-app or in-game purchases at a discount
  • Redeem the points for eligible partner rewards
  • Donate to a good cause

Using your Google Play Points to get Google Play credit allows you to convert your points into cash equivalents. For example, if you spend 100 points, you get $1 worth of credit. This credit can be used for making purchases with your Google Play account.

How To Redeem Your Google Play Points

To redeem your points on an Android device, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app.
  2. Select the profile icon.
  3. Select “Play Points.”
  4. Tap “Use.”
  5. Choose a redemption option. If you find that an option is grayed out, you may not have enough points for it.
  6. Select “Use points.”
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How To Join Google Play Points

Google Play Points is available to eligible users in the U.S., among other countries. You can join the program if you have the following:

  • Google Play account that is not managed by a parent or your school
  • Computer or Android device supported by Google Play
  • Valid payment method
  • Billing address in your Google Play country

Join Google Play Points From a Mobile Device

You’ll need to follow these steps to join Google Play from your mobile device:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app.
  2. Select the profile icon.
  3. Select “Play Points.”
  4. Tap “Join.”

Join Google Play Points From a Computer

If you’re on a computer, you can join Google Play Points by doing the following:

  1. Go to the Google Play Store.
  2. Click on the “Play Points” link at the bottom left of the screen.
  3. Sign in to your Google account.
  4. Click on “Join for free.”

Do Google Play Points Expire?

Your Google Play Points will expire 12 months from your last points activity. This means that if you stop making purchases or using your points, you won’t be able to redeem your unused points after a year. You can also lose them if you change your billing country or cancel your enrollment.

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About the Author

Suchetana Bhattacharyea is a financial writer and has a master’s degree in this field from the University of Calcutta. She writes about personal finance, real estate, law, cryptocurrencies, banking, economics and marketing. Suchetana has been a freelance writer for the last few years and has ghostwritten several books on finance.
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