I remember many moons ago, I used to wake up in the morning and one of the first things I would do is check what the free app of the day was in the Amazon appstore. After some time, I got fed up because I didn’t like having to worry about installing the Amazon appstore on all my devices. In other words, I would rather pay a couple of bucks to grab it from the official Google Play Store. This way all my apps are in one place and I get updates timely.
Well if you’re like me, but you still like the occasional Free deal, you might want to check out Get Free Apps from OnaDevice. Get Free Apps features paid apps that you can download for Free from the Google Play Store. There is one catch, and it’s a small one. You have to still pay for it up front, but they will refund you the purchase price via Paypal. So in a sense, it’s a rebate, but one in which you really don’t have to submit anything, it happens automatically and fast. Your “refund” will hit your Paypal account within 20 minutes of purchasing the app in Google Play.
The app is very easy to use. Upon opening it, the Current tab will be visible along with the app of the day. You can also go to the Next tab, which will show you the apps that will be featured soon. The last tab is the Settings area and this is where you need to agree to the terms and to enter your Paypal email address. This is for receiving payments so don’t worry, you don’t need to provide a password or anything like that.
Going back to the Current Tab, at the bottom left, it will tell you the Play Store purchase price along with a line through it to symbolize that it will be Free for you. You will also see how many people grabbed the deal. There is a limited number of transactions, but right now they aren’t showing what that limit is. Obviously if it’s still available, the limit hasn’t been met. If you want the app, just tap “Download for free” at the bottom. You will get a message saying that it has been added to your queue and to proceed to the Play Store to make your purchase. After you make your purchase, just go back to the app and it will ask you if you made your purchase. You can click “yes” and you will receive a full refund of the purchased price in your Paypal account as well as a notification that it took place. The best part of all of this is you have a record of owning the app through the Google Play Store, so you will get the updates just like everyone else, and you’re free to re-download it to other devices. I’ve already tested it with two different apps, and I received the refund at just about 20 minutes from the time I made the Google Play purchase.
Nothing could be easier, and when the featured app changes you will get a notification so you don’t have to keep checking. Right now, the app is at it’s infancy so unfortunately you won’t find deals on a daily basis, but instead, they might last a couple of days. As the app grows in popularity, you should find the featured apps to change more often. Examples of apps that have been featured is Asphalt 7, Where’s My Water, and Where’s My Perry. Today’s app is Angry Birds Premium and upcoming apps will include Falcon Pro, Cut the Rope, and 3D Mini Golf Challenge.
You might be asking how OnaDevice is able to do this? They simply partner with the developers that want to promote their app in this manner. That’s where the limits come into play because a particular developer might limit the number of downloads.
As you might imagine the app itself is also Free so give it a shot. It’s one of those apps that you leave on your device and only open once in a while. You simply wait for the notifications, and if the Free app of that day interests you, than grab it. If not, you simply wait for the next deal. Either way, it won’t cost you a cent, and over time you will have grabbed yourself some Free apps in the process. Take a look at their video below and hit one of the download links to get started. As always, let me know what you think,
App instructions per OnaDevice
- Type your PayPal email in the “Settings” tab and save changes
- Press the “Download” button if the promoted app likes you. It links to the Google Play Store official’s app page
- Purchase the promoted app with your Google Wallet account. You pay $1, for instance
- Wait for 20 minutes till the system verifies your purchase. You can use the promoted app or even switch off the phone, but it’s important to not uninstall or force Get Free Apps to close meanwhile, and do not disable push notifications!
- You will receive a notification when the refund is made. Following the previous example, you get your $1 back :)