Pre-order on Google Play

On Google Play, you can pre-order select movies, music, and books and have them delivered to your app as soon as they're available. You can also pre-register for select apps and games that aren't out yet.

Pre-order or pre-register

For instructions on how to pre-order or pre-register, select the type of content you're looking for below.

Movies, music, books

When an item is available for pre-order on Google Play, it displays a Pre-order button on its detail page. You won't be charged for pre-orders until the item is available in your app.

  1. Open Google Play on your computer or the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. Search for the item you'd like to pre-order.
  3. Select Pre-order.
  4. Complete your order.

We'll send you an email when your pre-order is placed and when the item is available in your app. You can see the pre-order status on the item detail page and on your My Account page.

Apps and games

When you pre-register for apps and games, you'll get a notification the day the item becomes available to download. For paid items, you won't be charged until you install the app or game.

Pre-register

  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. Visit the item's detail page.
  3. Touch Pre-register.

Download the app or game

  1. Touch the Install Now notification that appears on your device.
  2. On the item's detail page, touch Install (for free items) or the item's price.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Cancel a pre-order


Movies, music, books

Using your computer
  1. Go to My Account.
  2. Next to your pre-ordered item, click the Menu icon Menu.
  3. Click Cancel pre-order.
Using the Google Play Store app
  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. Visit the item's detail page.
  3. Select Cancel.

You'll receive a cancellation email after canceling your order.

Why was my pre-order canceled?

Changed prices

If a music album's or book's price changes, we'll send you an email and cancel your pre-order as a precaution. You won't be charged, and you can pre-order or buy the item at its new price.

Note: Movie pre-orders will not be canceled due to price changes before the release date.

Changed release dates

If an item's release date changes, we'll send you an email. Your pre-order will still be completed, and the item will be available in your app on its new release date.

Declined payments

A pre-order may be canceled if your payment is declined. If you used Google Play Store balance as your form of payment for your pre-order, your order will be canceled if you don't have enough credit in your account when the item is released.


Apps and Games

Using the Google Play Store app
  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. Visit the item's detail page.
  3. Touch Unregister.
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