Send and receive gifts on Google Play

You can send gifts of Google Play credit and Google Play Music subscriptions by email in some countries. To send a gift, your recipient must be registered for Google Play in the same country as you. Physical Google Play gift cards are also available in select countries. To find a retailer near you, go to Google Play Gift Cards.

At this time, you can't send other digital content as gifts or lend digital content to another account. You also cannot transfer apps or content between accounts that you own.

Eligible countries for Google Play gifts

Google Play credit

Country availability
United States

Google Play Music subscriptions

Country availability
Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

Buy and redeem gifts

Buy and send a gift

To buy and send a digital gift through Google Play:

  1. Go to the website for your gift:
  2. Select a gift option.
  3. If prompted, sign in to your Google account.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to enter your gift recipient's name, email address, and a message.
  5. Review your order. If needed, you can update your payment method.
  6. Select Buy, and an email with a gift code will be sent to the recipient immediately. 

Note: If your recipient deleted or can't find the email with the gift code, you can resend the email. A copy of the gift email is sent to the email account you used to make the purchase with, and you can forward the email to the recipient.

Redeem a gift

Redeem gifts:

To redeem a gift, find the email you received from the purchaser of your gift and select Redeem Gift. If you deleted or can't find the email, contact the purchaser and they can resend the email to you.


Google Play credit gift info:

  • If you're redeeming a gift of Google Play credit, the value of the gift will be added to your Google Play balance and can be used for many purchases on Google Play.

  • Find out more about what you can buy with Google Play balance.
  • If you don't already have one you will be asked to create a billing profile when you redeem your gift.


Subscription gift info:

  • If you're redeeming a subscription you won't have to enter any additional payment details.
  • If you're interested, you'll be given the option to continue your subscription past the length of time covered by the gift.
Return or refund a gift

Refund availability

If you want to return your Google Play credit or Google Play Music subscription gift, let the purchaser know so they can contact us. Note:

  • We can only issue a refund to the person who purchased the gift. 
  • Refunds can only be issued for gifts which have not been redeemed.
  • The gift code is not redeemable once the gift is refunded. 
  • Refunds for Google Play credit gifts are only available for 3 months after the date of purchase. 

Request a gift refund

  1. Open a web browser (like Chrome or Safari) on your computer, tablet, or phone.
  2. Copy and paste it into the address bar of the web browser.
    • Make sure this is in a web browser and not the Google Play Store app. You can't request a refund for publications in Play apps.
  3. Scroll down to "Order History" and find the order you want to return. To the right of the order, click the menu icon More.
    • Note: On mobile phones and tablets, you may need to swipe to the right to view the menu icon.
  4. Select Report a problem and choose the option that describes your situation.
  5. Complete the form and note that you would like a refund.
  6. You will see a message saying "thank you for sharing your concerns." Later you will receive an email about your refund.

If you are having problems requesting a refund or have questions, contact our support team for help.

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