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Android app two-hour return period

Some Android apps offer a trial period during which you may return the app for a full refund after purchasing. You may only return a given app within this two-hour period once; if you subsequently purchase the same app again, you may not return it a second time.

  • Open the Google Play Google Play Store app on your device.
  • Touch the Google Play Play Store icon and select My Apps.
  • Select the app you'd like to return. If the two-hour refund window has not yet passed, the app is eligible for return and will have two buttons saying Open or Refund.
  • Select the Refund option - the Refund button will now say Uninstall. Press Uninstall to remove the app from your device and initiate the refund.

After the two-hour return period has expired, or if the app was not eligible for return, the Refund option will not be available.

Book samples

Some publishers have made portions of their books available as a sample so you can read a preview before purchasing. In addition, if you have a Google Account and access books on Google Play, books that are in the public domain will be made available to you for free.

You can read book samples either on the web or on the Google Play Books app, and book samples are stored in your library until you remove them. At the end of each sample, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase the full book if you choose.

Magazine subscription trials

You are entitled to one free trial period per magazine, and all free magazine trials are at least 14 days long. To access a magazine’s free trial:

  • Find the magazine subscription you’d like to try.
  • Select Subscribe, and choose the type of subscription (monthly, yearly, etc.).
  • Complete the on-screen purchase flow - note you will be asked to enter your credit card information, but you will not be charged, and you will receive a Google Play receipt for $0.00.
  • After finishing the purchase flow, you will receive the magazine’s current issue, plus any other new issues published within the free trial period.
  • After the free trial period, your credit card will automatically be charged for the subscription - if you cancel your subscription at any point during the free trial period, you will not be charged.
  • You will retain access to the content you received as part of the free trial.

Trial period for in-app subscriptions

Some Android apps have the option of purchasing a subscription - a subscription is when you pay a recurring fee rather than a one-time price for the content of that Android app on Google Play. Of the Android apps that offer subscription pricing, some allow for a subscription trial period.

  • Trial subscriptions for Android apps last a minimum of seven days.
  • You will be notified of the trial period’s availability and the length within the purchase flow.
  • Should you choose to cancel the app subscription before the trial is finished, you will not be charged - find the app in question in My Apps within the Google Play store app, tap Cancel and Yes to confirm the cancellation.
  • If you do not cancel, at the end of the trial period, you will be automatically billed for the subscription.
  • You will only be eligible for one trial period per Android app subscription.

Previewing music

You can preview full-length tracks from Google Play an unlimited number of times.

  • Most previews are 90 seconds long.
  • If the track is shorter than 2min 30sec, the preview is only 30 seconds long.
  • Some content owners may allow for unlimited full-length previews.

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