Google Play Gift Cards Now Official

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Now it’s official! The Google Play Gift Cards are up and ready for business! To make the image clearer, a gift card is a Google product that lets you redeem money that will be added to your Google account(Google Play balance). The money is meant for buying apps, books videos and other goodies from the Play Store.

The Google Gift Cards are all available in the US. You can buy one that carries an amount of $10, $25 or $50. To make things simpler, Google have posted a brief tutorial on how to use them or redeem your money. Here’s an actual part of it:

You can redeem your Google Play gift card four ways:

    1. At play.google.com/redeem
      • On the back of your Google Play gift card, SCRATCH TO REVEAL CODE.
      • Visit play.google.com/redeem and enter the redemption code found under the scratch-off section.
      • Once you’ve entered a valid redemption code, the value of the card will be automatically applied to your Google Play balance, which will appear as a payment method when you go through the purchase flow on Google Play.
    2. While making a purchase on the Google Play website (play.google.com)
      • Ensure you’re signed in to your Google account, and select an item to purchase*.

*Note that Google Play gift cards may not be used to purchase subscriptions or items from the Devices section, including accessories (chargers, covers, etc.).

    • Select the device on which you want to download the content and click Continue
    • If you don’t already have a Google Wallet account, you’ll be prompted to set one up by entering basic information (name and primary location) – then, under Choose a payment method, select Redeem a Google Play Gift Card, and enter the redemption code found under the scratch-off section of your gift card.
    • If you already have a Google Wallet account, click Redeem gift card to enter the redemption code found under the scratch-off section of your gift card and add that gift card to your Google Play balance.
  1. While making a purchase using the Google Play Store app on your device
    • Open the Google Play Store app on your device, and navigate to the content you’d like to buy
    • Tap on the item to see the details page
    • Tap the blue box that lists the item’s price
    • Tap the gray drop-down arrow to see a list of payment options
    • Select Redeem
    • On the back of your Google Play gift card, SCRATCH TO REVEAL CODE, and enter this code into the Gift card code
    • Tap Redeem
  2. Using the Redeemoption on the Google Play Store app on your device
    • Tap the Google Play Store icon to launch Google Play on your device
    • Tap Menu, then Redeem
    • On the back of your Google Play gift card, SCRATCH TO REVEAL CODE, and enter this code into the Gift card code
    • Tap Redeem

Sadly, the Gift Cards are only available in the United States at this time. On top of that, they can be only used for buying content in dollars, the money redeemed from Gift Cards can not be mixed with other types of payment and can only be refilled with other Gift Cards.

The Google Play Gift Cards can be bought from the following retailers: GameStop, Target and RadioShack.

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