Amazon offers up “actually free” apps and games with its new Underground app

by: Jimmy WestenbergAugust 26, 2015

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Amazon has been trying to boost its Appstore installs for some time now. The company has consistently given away tons of paid apps and games for free through various promotions and the popular Free App of the Day program. But now the company is putting the kibosh on giving away one free app every day, and is instead offering users much more than that. Amazon has just launched a new Underground application for Android that claims to offer users “$10,000 in apps, games and in-app items that are actually free”.

We first heard about a similar program back in March, but back then it was known as Amazon Unlocked. Whether this is the same program or not, we’re not entirely sure. But here’s how it works: Amazon is offering users hundreds of paid apps and games for free, and they’re even covering the cost of in-app purchases found in these titles. The company is doing this by using a new business model with app and game developers. Amazon explains:

…we’re paying [app developers] a certain amount on a per-minute played basis in exchange for them waiving their normal in-app fees. To be clear, we’re the ones picking up those per minute charges so for you it’s simply free. Just look for apps and games marked with an “Actually Free” banner.

We’re not entirely sure if this move would benefit developers in the long run, but we do know Amazon hasn’t gained an extremely popular track record when it comes to paying devs what the deserve.

To install this new app, you’ll need to take the same steps as you would if you were installing the standard Amazon Appstore application. You first need to make sure the Unknown Sources box is checked in your settings menu, then navigate to to get the download link. Once your .apk file has downloaded, press the install button, and you’re all set. All of the Underground applications and games can be found in the Apps & Games section of your new app (accessed through the slide-out menu on the left).

If you’d like to browse through some of the “actually free” apps and games before jumping through all of these installation hoops, you can find a list of featured apps here.

  • My name is….

    And of course, i cant download those apps due to ‘geographical restrictions’.
    But i could donwload free app of the day here in Greece.

    • Greek here too , there is no problem using Amazon Underground .
      Θα μπορούσες να δοκιμάσεις να αλλάξεις την τοποθεσία σου σε Αμερική , στις ρυθμίσεις λογαριασμού σου .

      • My name is….

        Will try that, thank you

      • Yannis Nikolouzos

        Ok είναι 2 και τα χαραματα, δεν εχω ιδεα που να το κοιταξω, μπορεις να εισαι λιγο πιο συγκεκριμμενος για χαρη ενος ζομπι; Οταν λες τοποθεσια σε αμερικη, ποια settings εννοεις, του κινητου, του play store, του Amazon, ποια; Ευχαριστω προκαταβολικα

    • Jimmy Westenberg

      That’s too bad. I’m assuming Amazon will roll it out to more regions soon, but right now details are pretty scarce, unfortunately.

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    • Igor Leahu

      You can change your country somewhere in the settings. I did it and it worked

  • Marcellus1

    Free app of the day was good because since you ‘owned’ the apps, you could choose which apps to add to Kindle FreeTime mode on the Kindle Fire for your kids. With Underground, you don’t own the apps so you can’t identify apps that the kids can play, so you end up having to buy them if you want to use FreeTime even if you could otherwise get them for free with Underground.

    • What do you mean you dont own them ?

      • Marcellus1

        With the free app of the day, you had to “purchase” the app and it became part of your app library. With Underground, there is no purchase option, just “install”. Installation doesn’t add the app to your library, it just installs it to your device.

        • No , there is a “download” option , and after you made the purchase it says “Install” . You still get an email that states that this is purchase like you did on the Amazon Appstore . The difference is , that Amazon Underground doesn’t seem to go for time-limited offers , rather than apps that are TRULY free, without , or with free IAP .

  • costezzo

    Same here, my country is on “white list”, yet in every app is shown “You are not eligible to purchase this app due to geographical restrictions.”

  • Allout

    Seems it for phones only. Is there any way to use underground apps on a nexus 7?

  • nikolas ostropolskiy

    I keep getting a damn “wifi not found” message from this app. The hell.