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Evil Google Store bug makes people think they have $500 to spend

It's just fairy dust, not real money.

Published onMay 2, 2022

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C. Scott Brown / Android Authority

Some things are too good to be true, just like that $500 credit you’re seeing on the Google Store.

The Google Store just got a redesigned account menu. When you tap on your profile avatar in the top right corner of the page, you’ll see a neatly designed menu with new icons. However, you might be surprised to see you have $500 worth of Google Store credits waiting to be spent. The message appears right under your profile picture in the account menu.

Before you start planning that Pixel 6 purchase, it might serve you well to know that the magical $500 credit is just fairy dust. It doesn’t actually exist and is a UI bug that appears if you have any Google Store credit whatsoever.

Google Store 500 credit bug

Folks at 9to5Google managed to replicate the bug with three different accounts. Each time, the $500 credit disappeared on the final checkout step. Guess Google played its April Fool’s Day prank a bit later than it had to.

In other news, Google still has some ongoing Earth Day deals on its store. You may not be able to save as much as $500, but you can pick up Nest devices with some neat discounts.

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