Get a refund on Google Play

Google may give refunds for some Google Play purchases, depending on the refund policies. You can also contact the developer directly.

3 ways to request a refund on Google Play

Important: If you are located in the European Economic Area or UK and made a purchase on or after 28 March 2018, learn how to get a refund.

If the purchase isn’t what you expected, doesn’t work or you don’t want it any more, you can:​

Select an option:

Option 1: Get support from the developer of the app

Most apps on the Play Store are made by third-party developers, not by Google. The developers should support their apps and make sure that they work well for you.

You should contact the app developer if:

  • You have a question about an app.
  • You made an in-app purchase but it wasn’t delivered or isn’t working as you expected. 
  • You want a refund and it’s more than 48 hours since you made the purchase. The developer can help with purchase issues, and can process refunds pursuant to its policies and applicable laws​.  

Find out how to contact the app developer.

Option 2: Request a refund on the Google Play website

If it’s less than 48 hours since you bought an app or made an in-app purchase, you can request a refund through Google Play. If you bought music, movies, books or other content, you may be able to request a refund after more than 48 hours (see policy below).   

You can also request a refund by following these instructions. You’ll usually get this within 15 minutes, but it can take up to four working days.

For hardware devices: To return or get a refund for devices that you bought on the Google Store, go to the Google Store refunds page for more information.

Option 3: Ask for a refund on the Google Assistant

To request a refund from the Google Assistant, you must use UK English on your device.

Tell Google Assistant:

  • Cancel my Google Play apps order
  • I want a Google Play refund.
  • I need a refund from Google Play.
  • How do I get a refund from Google Play
  • I paid for an app, but I want a refund.

Learn more about Google Assistant.

Currently, you can’t ask Google Assistant for a refund for subscriptions. If you need a refund for a subscription, request a refund here.

Note: Refund policies may be different depending on what you buy. Learn more about the different Google Play refund policies.

Note: Some information relating to refund requests may be shared with developers. 

Google Play refund policies

Refund policies are different depending on what you bought. Select a link for more information.

You may get an automatic refund if you uninstall a paid app shortly after first buying it. If you want to reinstall the app, you'll have to buy it again and you will not be eligible for a refund on that purchase.

Note: If you give your account or payment details to someone else, appear to be abusing our policies or don’t protect your account with authentication, we usually can’t issue a refund.

Apps, games and in-app purchases (including subscriptions and Play Pass)

Google does not give refunds for most Google Play purchases. However, there are exceptions (see below). You can also contact the developer directly. The developer can help with purchase issues, and can process refunds pursuant to its policies and applicable laws​.

Refund policy

  1. Within 48 hours: You may be able to get a refund depending on the details of the purchase. Follow these instructions
  2. After 48 hours: Contact the developer to troubleshoot and find out if you can get a refund. Developers have their own policies and legal requirements and may be able to give you a refund. 

Note: You can only return an app or game for a refund once. If you buy it again you will not be able to get a refund. If a refund is issued you will lose access to the item.

Google Play Music and Google Play Newsstand subscriptions

Check the relevant section below to see the policies for Google Play Music or Google Play Newsstand subscriptions.

Play Points

If you are able to refund an item that you bought on Google Play, any points earned on that purchase will be deducted from your Play Points balance and level progress.

  • If you don’t have enough points to cover the deducted points from the refunded item, your points balance will become negative. 
  • If you don’t have enough points to stay at your current level after the points are deducted from your level progress, you might go down a level. 
  • If you made a purchase using a coupon, and you get the purchase refunded, you’ll get back any amount that you paid using your form of payment and the points that you used  for the coupon. You will need to exchange points for another coupon if available. 
  • If you used points for an app, game and in-app item and would like a refund, check our refund policies.
  • Points used to support a good cause or for Play credit are not refundable.

Learn more about Play Points Terms of Service.

Google Play Movies & TV refunds

If your video won't play properly, try these tips to fix playback issues. If you would still like a refund or you are requesting the refund for another reason, see the info below. 

Refund availability

  • If you haven't started watching it yet, you can request a refund within 7 days of your purchase.
  • If your movie or TV show is defective, unavailable or doesn't perform as stated, you can request a refund within 65 days of your purchase.
  • If you return the movie or TV show for a refund it may be removed from your library and you may not be able to watch it.
Google Play Music (including subscriptions) refunds

If your music won't play try to fix music playback issues. If you would still like a refund or you are requesting the refund for another reason, see the info below. 

For Google Play Music subscriptions

Once your subscription starts you can’t get a refund for any payments that you’ve already made. If you don’t want to subscribe any more, cancel your subscription. You will still have access to the subscription until the end of the period for which you have paid.

Note: For subscriptions to Pandora, Spotify or other music streaming subscriptions, see the apps, games and in-app purchases section above.

For individual songs and albums

Depending on your specific situation, you may be able to return a song or album within 7 working days of purchase as long as you haven't downloaded it or played it. Once you download or stream music, you can't cancel your order for a refund unless it doesn't work properly.

If you return a song or album it may be removed from your library and you may not be able to listen to it.

Google Play Books refunds

If your eBook or audiobook won't load or play, try these troubleshooting steps. If you would still like a refund or you are requesting the refund for another reason, see the info below. 

Refund availability for single returns and book bundles

For refunds on eBooks:

  • You may request a refund within 7 days of purchase, except for rentals of eBooks for which all sales are final.
  • If the eBook doesn’t work, you can request a refund at any time within 65 days of purchase.
  • If you bought an eBooks bundle, you’ll only be able to request a refund for the full bundle.

Refunds on audiobooks depends on where you bought the audiobook:

  • All sales are final, except for the following instances:
    • South Korean customers: You can request a refund within 7 days of purchase, as long as you have not started listening to the audiobook.
    • If the audiobook doesn’t work, you can request a refund at any time.
    • If you bought an audiobooks bundle, you’ll only be able to request a refund for the full bundle.

If your refund is approved, the eBook or audiobook may be removed from your library and you may not be able to read or listen to it.

Google Play Newsstand refunds

Single issues

Single-issue purchases of magazine titles are not refundable unless you can't access the issue or there is a defect with the content.

Subscriptions

Subscriptions can be cancelled at any time.

  • If you are unable to access the content, we can issue a refund.
  • If you cancel within the first 7 days of a monthly (or longer) subscription, we may refund the cost of the month in which you cancelled.

Note: We can only refund active subscriptions, and are unable to refund subscriptions that have already ended. If you return a publication it may be removed from your library and you may not be able to access it.

Subscribe with Google

Subscriptions bought through your Google Account can be cancelled at any time.

  • If you are unable to access the content, we can issue a refund.
  • If you cancel within the first 48 hours of a monthly (or longer) subscription, we may refund the cost of the month in which you cancelled.

Note: We can only refund active subscriptions, and are unable to refund subscriptions that have already ended.

Purchase within action on the Google Assistant

Google does not give refunds for most Google Assistant digital purchases. However, there are exceptions (see below). You can also contact the developer directly. The developer can help with purchase issues, and can process refunds pursuant to its policies and applicable laws​.

Refund policy

  1. Within 48 hours: You may be able to get a refund depending on the details of the purchase. Follow these instructions
  2. After 48 hours: Contact the developer to troubleshoot and find out if you can get a refund. Developers have their own policies and legal requirements and may be able to give you a refund. 
Google Play gift cards & Google Play balance

Play gift cards and other prepaid Play balance, including cash top ups, are not refundable unless required by law. Promotional Play balance is not refundable.

  • US residents who have redeemed gift cards or non-promotional gift codes may request a refund for their Google Play balance if the amount is below $10.
  • Brazilian residents who have redeemed gift cards or non-promotional gift codes may request the refund of their Google Play balance.
  • Korean residents who have redeemed gift cards or non-promotional gift codes may request a refund of the card amount for residual values of Google Play balance of 40% or less of the face value of the gift card.

Google Play gifts refund policy

Note: This applies only to gifts of Google Play credit or Google Play Books purchased through Google. If your gift was purchased through a third-party retailer, contact the retailer for refund information. 

If you want to return your gift, let the purchaser know so that 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. 
Google Play donations refund policy
Donations to nonprofits are non-refundable. If you have problems with a payment, contact our support team.

How long refunds take

Refund timelines

Refunds from Google Play are returned to the payment method used to make the original purchase. Refunds take different amounts of time depending on how you paid. 

If your refund is taking longer than expected, check your refund status on your Google Pay account. If the status is 'Refunded', you will see a credit on your form of payment. If the status is 'Cancelled', the order was never charged and so you will not see a credit on your form of payment. 

Payment method

Estimated Refund time

Credit or debit card

3–5 working days

Processing time can be affected by the card issuer and sometimes takes up to 10 working days.

If your credit card is no longer active, refunds will go to the bank that issued your card. Contact the bank to recover funds.

Mobile operator billing (prepaid/pay as you go)

1–30 working days

Processing time can be affected by your operator and sometimes takes longer.

Mobile operator billing (postpaid/contract)

1–2 monthly statements

Processing time can be affected by your operator, but refunds will usually appear within 2 monthly billing statements. If it takes longer, contact your operator to check the status.

Google Play balance (gift card or credit balance)

1 working day 

Refunds appear in your Google Play account. Occasionally this can take up to 3 working days.

Google Pay

1 working day

Refunds appear in your Google Pay account. Occasionally this can take up to 3 working days.

Online banking

1–10 working days

Processing time can be affected by your bank, but typically takes between 4 and 10 working days.

PayPal

3–5 working days

This can sometimes take up to 10 working days. If you're returning the money to a payment method within PayPal (such as a linked bank account), contact PayPal for more detailed information.

Payco (Korea only)

3–5 working days

This can sometimes take up to 10 working days. If it takes longer, contact PAYCOfor more detailed information.

Mercado Pago (Brazil only) 3–5 working days

my paysafecard (Poland, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal)

3–5 working days
MoMo E-Wallet (Vietnam only) 1–5 working days
ZaloPay (Vietnam only) 1–5 working days
VTC Pay (Vietnam only) 1–5 working days
TrueMoney Wallet (Thailand only) 1–5 working days

GoPay (Indonesia only)

1–5 working days 

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