How to Try Paid Android Apps for Free from Android Market

Paid apps are most of the time at the best worth for the price, but sometimes just the hype makes people buy the applications which they didn’t want to. Many would want to check out what the app actually has, when they are paying an amount to purchase it. The price tag of $1 to $5 would usually not give people many thoughts but when they are to cash out something higher (there are even apps which are available for 3-digit figure amount), they would want to check out the features and see if the app is really worth paying or not.

There is a way how you could just try out the application before actually purchasing it. It would want you to pay for it initially but in the end you won’t waste your money when you didn’t like the app.
The basic idea behind this tip is asking for the refund after purchasing the app, and as its a limited time within which you could ask for the refund, you get around 10 minutes to check out what the app has got and whether you would want to keep it installed or want a refund.

Here is how you can try out the application before you buy:

With the new Google Android market named Google Play, you can either login to it through your desktop or through the mobile phone. So for trying out the paid Android app, you would need to purchase the app.

Purchase paid app  Paid app purchase card  purchased paid app downloading

Once you have purchased the app, launch it and use it for the next 8-12 minutes to try out the various features and decide whether the app has something that could impress you.

If you wish not to use the application after trying it out, go to the My Apps section and search for the application which you wanted to get refund for. Open its app page and hit Refund button and the app would be uninstalled from the phone and you would get the refund for the same.

Paid app installed Android  Refund Paid App  Paid app removed Android

You would see the following message in your mail box once the app is uninstalled:

You have uninstalled the application from your phone. We have cancelled your order and you have not been charged.

Nothing to panic if your OS is asking you for the reason why you wanted to uninstall the application and wanted the refund, you could select any of the option, or even better “I’d rather not say”.

Google Play Order Refund Receipt

Sometimes risky that you could get problems in asking for a refund if the 15 minutes are crossed, or a bad time when the internet connection isn’t working fine but nevertheless worth trying rather than always purchasing the application or trying to find some reviews to decide whether to purchase the application.



  1. 3ncrypt0r

    May 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    you can get the app permanently by making a backup of it using titanium backup and then refund it…now you have the paid app for free.

  2. tejas

    April 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    though this is not a trick but it created a trick in my mind after reading your article…woop now i get not all but many paid apps for free directly from android market…what i did was just purchased an app and as soon as it got installed i made that app backup with Astro file manager and hence .apk file got saved in my memory card…and after that i cancelled my order,i got my refund also and using that app also and for free

    • ketchil

      May 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

      does it work?

      • Pradeep Neela

        May 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

        YES IT WORKS!

    • Sameer

      May 25, 2012 at 10:24 am

      But wouldn’t Google be able to know this as during the update process they would get info on installed paid app vs no record in their inventory of you having purchased the app.

      This would show you clearly as using a pirated app. Or is there a way to block that.

  3. Sagar

    April 13, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Cool trick to use a paid android app for limited time 🙂

  4. Mikey

    April 12, 2012 at 7:54 am

    ha ha, lol
    good trick,
    hope google is not watching this.

    • Nivkii

      April 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      This is not a “trick”, just the refund policy.

      • Amit Bhawani

        April 14, 2012 at 12:40 am

        True but sometimes its useful for the users and if you tell users that this is a policy, rule or something like that no one would be interested in even knowing about it.

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