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Make in-app purchases in Android apps

With some apps, you can buy additional content or services within the app. We call these "in-app purchases." Here are some examples of in-app purchases:

  • A sword that gives you more power in a game.
  • A key that unlocks more features of a free app.
  • Virtual currency that can be used for purchases.

Tip: To help protect against accidental or unwanted in-app purchases, check that password protection is turned on for your device.

Find out if an app offers in-app purchases

Before downloading an app, you can check if it offers in-app purchases:

  • On the Play Store app, In-app purchases will be by the price or Install button.
  • On play.google.com/storeOffers in-app purchases will be by the price or Install button.

Use a promo code for an in-app purchase

You can redeem promotional codes for some in-app purchases using the Play Store app on an Android device.

To redeem a promotional code for an in-app item:

  1. Find the in-app purchase you want to apply the promo code to. 
  2. Start the check-out process. 
  3. Next to the payment method, tap the down arrow Down Arrow.
  4. Tap Redeem.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your purchase.

Problems with in-app purchases

If you’re having an issue with an in-app purchase, troubleshoot and get help.

Dan is a Google Play expert and author of this help page. Leave him feedback below about the page.

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