If you’re the proud owner of an Android smartphone or tablet you’ve probably become very familiar with the Google Play Store and all it has to offer. Everything from apps, games, movies, music, books and much much more. This holiday season many users may have received a Google Play Store gift card, and below we’ll explain how to redeem it.
One of the best gifts you can get for anyone that owns an Android device and enjoys all the apps, games or content available is a Google Play gift card. Google started offering them a few years back, and it’s extremely easy to redeem it for cash to spend on the store, whether that be from your device, or the web.
Google Play gift cards come in $10, $15, $25 and $50 denominations in the United States and similar price points around the world, and can be found from an array of outlets in America. From Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Best Buy, Gamestop, convenient stores likes 7-11, and much much more. They’re available almost everywhere gift cards are sold, and if you have one, here’s how to redeem it for use.
Thankfully Google makes it extremely easy to redeem a Google Play gift card whether you’re on a smartphone, tablet, or even a PC. Simply head to the Play Store and enter the code is all it takes, and you’ll want to do it right away and take advantage of many of the deals and holiday discounts still being offered as the year comes to a close.
Redeem Google Play Gift Cards on Your Device
Perhaps the easiest way to redeem a Google Play gift card is right on your Android smartphone or tablet. Simply start by heading into the Google Play Store app, tapping the three lines on the top left (menu button) and instead of heading into settings to change stuff, just tap the “redeem” button.
Once you select Redeem in the Google Play Store menu you’ll be greeted by a popup like the one shown below. All you need to do is enter the code on your gift card and you’ll instantly add the amount to your Google Play Store and Google account balance.
Sadly we can’t take a picture or scan it like Apple, but entering the code is fairly straightforward and only takes a few moments. You’ll be greeted by a confirmation that the code was successful if you entered the code right, and you’re all set to start buying apps, games, music and more.
Redeem Using a Computer
Then if you’re already on a computer or have the redeem code or promo code in an email, the easiest way is to copy and paste it right to the redeem option online. Start by navigating to play.google.com/redeem. Enter your gift card promo code in the popup box and just like on a device, you’ll instantly get a confirmation and the funds will be made available immediately.
Most likely you’ll be on your device when making purchases so the first option is the likely choice, but there’s also a third way which we’ll explain below.
Redeem While Making a Purchase
Last but certainly not least is redeeming a Google Play gift card whilst making a purchase on the Play Store. This is the easiest method and essentially the same as the first one detailed, only you’ll do it while making the purchase rather than heading into the settings menu and manually adding it.
While making a purchase you’ll get a popup showing that you’re about to buy an app or game, or rent a movie, and before you click the buy button you can tap the arrow on the top right side of the popup (as shown below) and get a drop-down list of options. One of these is to change payment options, and the other is redeem.
Select redeem and you’ll have an option appear to enter the code rather than pay using a credit or debit card. From here you’ll be instructed to enter the promo gift card code just as you would any other way, and then complete the purchase in a matter of seconds.
Google Play gift card balances are instantly added to your account and available within seconds, and you’ll be ready to buy any of the hundreds of thousands of apps, music, movies or TV, games, books, magazines and much more from the wide selection of content available for your Android device. Enjoy!