Google Play Store: how to use a prepaid gift card

Google Play Store allows you to buy your applications and integrated purchases by card, PayPal, but also via gift cards. These can be purchased at many points of sale or on the Internet. Here’s how to add their balance to your Google Play account and the conditions under which you can use them. 

Do you want to buy an app on the Google Play Store without entering a credit card number or a PayPal account? Would you like to offer a credit to spend on the Play Store to a friend or loved one? These cases are the reason for Google Play gift cards. These cards sold for € 15, € 25, € 50, € 100 or free amount up to € 200 can be found in many points of sale (supermarkets, tobacconists, fnac, darty, and other large brands …) and have the advantage of allowing your Google Play account to be recharged by paying with cash.

How to use a Google Play gift card

To use a Google Play card:

  • Locate the scratch area on the back of the card to reveal the code
  • On your smartphone open Google Play Store
  • Go to   ≡> Use code
  • enter the code
  • Confirm

It is also possible to enter this code during a purchase if you have not registered a means of payment and your Google Play balance is zero. In this case at the time of payment:

  • Choose  Use code
  • enter the code
  • Confirm

Finally, if the amount of the gift card is not enough, you can always complete with another code, but you must recharge your account before making the purchase.

What can you buy with a Google Play card?

Gift cards only allow you to purchase eligible items from the Google Play Store. In France, this means that you can only buy:

  • Apps, movies, music and subscriptions

However, Google specifies in its help pages: “Gift cards do not allow you to buy digital books or certain subscriptions and other items listed in the ‘Devices’ section of Google Play (for example, phones, tablets and associated accessories) “ . There are therefore exceptions – the balance does not allow, thus, to subscribe to subscriptions on Google Play Newsstand. In addition, a gift card in euros does not make it possible to make purchases in dollars, and vice versa.

Finally, gift cards are not rechargeable, refundable or exchangeable for cash or other cards.

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