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Subscribe to services or content

You can subscribe for paid premium services and features on certain apps with Google Play.

When you subscribe:

  • The subscription is for an indefinite term, and you’ll be charged at the start of each billing period, according to your subscription terms, for example, weekly, annually, or another period.
  • If you accept a trial offer, you'll get an email when your trial is about to end.
    • At the end of your trial period, the first billing period begins and you automatically get charged the amount in your subscriptions terms.
    • To avoid charges, cancel the subscription before the trial period expires.
  • You might find a payment authorization on your payment method up to 24 hours before the next billing period starts but you’re only charged on the billing period renewal date. To remove the payment authorization, cancel the subscription before your next billing cycle begins.
  • You can cancel your subscription at any time in the subscriptions section on Google Play. When you cancel your subscription, you’ll lose access to the subscription at the end of the current billing period. For certain jurisdictions, you have these options:
    • Cancel your subscription with immediate effect and lose access to your subscription.
    • Cancel the subscription at the end of the current billing cycle. Learn how to cancel your subscription.
  • You can also add a second payment method to your Google Play account to help prevent interruptions to your subscription service in case your primary payment method expires or fails. Learn how to add a backup payment method.
  • If your payment is unsuccessful, you may have a grace period to update your payment method. During the grace period, you may still be able to use your subscription. When the grace period ends or if there's no grace period, your account is placed on hold and you can't use the subscription. If the payment issue doesn't get resolved within 30 days, the subscription is automatically canceled.
  • Google may share subscription data that doesn’t personally identify you with developers to help them offer subscriptions.

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Subscribe to services & content on apps

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open your Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. Make sure you’re signed in to the correct Google Account.
  3. Find and open the app that offers premium services for a fee.
  4. Tap Subscribe.
  5. Choose your subscription option and review your subscription and plan details.
  6. Select a payment method.
  7. Tap Subscribe.

Tip: To cancel a trial subscription and avoid charges, cancel your subscription before the trial period ends.

Subscribe to an app with a promo code

There are 2 types of promo codes.

If your code uses words & numbers, like HAPPYHOLIDAYS2020
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, download and install the app.
  2. In the app for your subscription, find the subscription your code applies to.
  3. Go through the checkout process until you reach the payment method listed.
    • If you don't have a payment method: add one.
  4. Next to the payment method, tap the Right arrow right arrow.
  5. Tap Redeem code.
  6. Enter your code, then follow the on-screen instructions.
  7. Confirm that your purchase uses the promotion.
  8. Tap Subscribe.
  1. Open the Google Play app Google Play.
  2. At the top right, tap the profile icon.
  3. Tap Payments & subscriptions and then Redeem gift code.
  4. Enter the code
  5. Tap Redeem.
  6. Download and install the app for your subscription.
  7. In the app, find the type of subscription that your code applies to.
  8. To confirm that your purchase uses the promo code, check your cart.
  9. Follow the in-app steps.
  10. To complete your subscription, open the app.

If you can't redeem or subscribe with your promo code, learn how to fix problems with codes.

Subscribe with a prepaid plan

Prepaid plans are subscriptions for a fixed duration of time offered by some apps, and they don’t automatically renew. If your payment method doesn’t support recurring subscriptions, a prepaid plan might be a good option for you.

Unlike regular subscriptions, prepaid plans are used to purchase access to subscriptions for a set amount of time. When the term ends, you lose access to the subscription.

If you want to continue your access to the subscription after the prepaid period ends, you can:

  • Extend the prepaid plan.
  • Switch the plan to a recurring subscription.

Not all apps have a prepaid plan option available. Prepaid plans don’t support trials at no cost.

To sign up for a prepaid subscription plan:

  1. Open the Google Play app Google Play.
  2. Make sure you’re signed in to the correct Google Account.
  3. Find and open the app that offers prepaid plans for a fee.
  4. Tap Subscribe.
  5. Choose the prepaid plan you want to purchase.
  6. Select a supported payment method.
  7. Tap Buy.

Start a subscription from a website 

  1. On the website that offers a subscription, select Subscribe with your Google Account or Subscribe with Google.
  2. Make sure you’re signed in to the correct Google Account.
  3. Select a subscription offer, like yearly or monthly. This may depend on the types of subscription the website offers.
  4. Confirm your payment method and billing address.

Learn how to add an existing subscription to your Google Account.

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