Find free content & preview paid content

You can find free apps and content throughout Google Play, and you can also preview some paid content.

Note: Since downloading free content is still considered a transaction (even when the price of the item is $0.00), you may be prompted to add a credit or debit card if you don't already have one in your account. You won't be charged for downloading free content.

Android apps and games

Free apps & games

Using the Google Play Store app

  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. Touch Apps or Games.
  3. Swipe to the "Free" categories.

Using your computer

  1. Go to Top Free in Android Apps.
  2. Browse and install apps.
Preview apps & games

All Android apps and games offer a two-hour trial period. During the two hours after you purchase an app or game, you can return it for a full refund. You can't return the same app or game more than once.

For instructions, go to return paid apps & games.

Preview in-app subscriptions

Within some Android apps, you'll have the option to purchase a subscription. A subscription is when you pay a recurring fee rather than a one-time price for the content of that app. Some Android apps with subscriptions have a trial period. Keep in mind:

  • Trial subscriptions for Android apps last a minimum of seven days.
  • You'll see if an app has a trial period and how long it is before completing your purchase.
  • If you cancel an app subscription before the trial period ends, you won't be charged.
  • If you do not cancel, you will be automatically billed for the subscription at the end of the trial period.
  • You can only use one trial period per Android app subscription.


Free music

To check for any promotions, go to Google Play Music.

In the U.S., you can also stream radio stations for free using the Google Play Music web player or Google Play Music app. Learn more about free radio.

Preview music

You can preview any track from Google Play an unlimited number of times.


Free books

You can get samples of books and books in the public domain for free on Google Play.

Using the Google Play Store app

  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. Touch Books.
  3. Swipe to the "Top Free" section.

Using your computer

Go to Top Free in Books.

Book samples and previews

Many publishers have made portions of their books available as a sample so you can read a preview before purchasing.

  1. Open Google Play or the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. Select Books.
  3. Select the book you want to sample.
  4. If available, touch Free Sample.

At the end of each sample, you'll be given the option to purchase the full book.


Free magazine trials

Magazines offer a free trial period of at least 14 days. You can try each magazine once. To access a magazine's free trial:

  1. Open Google Play or the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. Select Newsstand.
  3. Find a magazine offering a free trial you'd like to try.
  4. Select Subscribe.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions. You will receive the magazine's current issue, plus any other new issues published within the free trial period.

Note: If you don't cancel before the free trial period ends, your payment method will automatically be charged for the subscription. Learn more about subscriptions or check digital rates for your print subscriptions.

Movies and TV

Free movies & TV shows

Movies: Movies aren't regularly offered for free. To find current promotions, go to the movies section of Google Play.

TV shows: Go to Free TV episodes.

Preview movies & TV shows

All movies have trailers so you can preview the movie. Once you find the movie you're interested in, you'll see the trailer available on the detail page.