Rewards programs can vary in usefulness, and some are not worth using at all. Google Play Points has a hidden utility that can fly under the radar – unless you’re looking for it. This guide will tell you how to use Google Play Points to redeem and pay for things like apps and perks.
Earning Google Play Points
Earning Google Play Points is easy. In fact, every time you buy something from the Google Play Store, you end up getting a certain number of points. The number of points you receive when making a purchase is directly related to the amount you spent and your level as a Google Play Points user. For example, at the lowest tier – Bronze – every dollar you spend earns you one point back.
This also applies to subscriptions. For example, if you are a member of Google One, you can earn points on the monthly purchases you make each month. Suppose you subscribe to the 100 GB level in Google One. That becomes two points each month for the $1.99 you spend on the subscription. This may even apply to subscriptions you purchase through Google Play. The monthly application fee will be associated with a point value each time you renew automatically. This is the case as long as the subscription is obtained through payment from Google Play.
How to level up
As you get more points you can level up. The higher the level reached, the more points you will earn per purchase. Unfortunately, leveling up is quite difficult unless you spend a lot on apps, games, movies, etc. Even if you progress, the benefits are minimal and don’t have a huge impact on your earnings. At the highest tier – Platinum – you only earn 1.4 points for every dollar spent. That being said, there are rare circumstances where higher tiers are chargeable.
Here are all the levels and benefits:
|Level||Points required||Rate of pay per dollar|
|Bronze||0 – 149||1 point|
|Silver||150 – 599||1.1 dots|
|Gold||600 – 2,999||1.2 dots|
|Platinum||3,000 or more||1.4 dots|
Do Google Play Points expire?
Yes, Google Play Points expire. After earning points, a new expiration date is placed on your total. If a certain period of time elapses before you use your points, this credit is no longer valid. Of course, as long as you keep earning points, the expiration date seems to get longer and longer. The Google Play Store runs a weekly giveaway where you can earn points quite easily. Using this will ensure that your points do not expire.
Redeem/Redeem Google Play Points
Redeeming or redeeming Google Play Points is quite easy to do. In fact, there are several ways to do this. One method is live now, while the other is supposed to arrive in the near future.
Redeeming points via the Google Play Store
In the Google Play Store, claiming points takes different forms. You can either claim Google Play credits, which are basically a virtual gift card. For every dollar you claim, you must use 100 points. If you don’t want to do this, you can also use your points to claim certain in-game items. Once you’ve used points to claim an item, it will apply to your game account, and the next time you you will play, you will see the item you purchased.
Here’s how to claim a credit or items:
- On your Android device, go to Google Play Store.
- Press your profile picture in the upper right corner.
- There will be a small section with the phrase game points. Press it.
- Point: If you want to see your Play Points balance, you can just look here.
- Faucet Use below your level.
- To claim something, just make sure you have the dots and press it.
- To note: The price will be fully visible if you have enough for the item or credit. If you don’t, it will be mostly opaque.
- Faucet Use points.
Alternatively, you can also use your points to donate to charity directly from Google Play. To do this, simply scroll up and find the button marked Donations. Once you tap on it, the page will only show charities you can donate to. The value of these is higher, which means your points go further per dollar.
Redeem points at time of purchase
A new way to redeem points will be available soon. This method will allow users to redeem points directly from in-app payment, rather than having to claim and redeem them separately in the Google Play Store. For example, if you are playing a game and want to purchase a bonus in-game item, you can do so as normal. Once on the payment page, you can click on Use points and redeem the Google Play Points you already have. You never have to leave the app. You can also redeem Play Points when purchasing an app from the Play Store for the first time.
Google plans to roll out this new feature “in the coming weeks.” As long as Play Points are already available where you are, you’ll likely see this addition coming soon.
Regardless of how you earn or claim your Google Play Points, they can be beneficial in some cases. In our experience, the best way to use them is to keep them as long as possible and get discounted items or apps. While Google Play Points isn’t exactly free money, it’s certainly better than paying for full price apps and games.
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