Last week, Google launched Google Play Pass — a subscription service that gives users access to more than 350 apps and games without ads or in-app purchases. For a limited time, the service costs only $1.99 a month for the first year, so it’s in your best interest to sign up as soon as possible. Here’s how the service works and how to sign up for Google Play Pass.
How to sign up for Google Play Pass
The first thing you will need to know before signing up for Google Play Pass is its availability. It’s only available in the US for the time being, but Google plans to bring the service to the rest of the world in the near future.
With availability in mind, signing up is only a few clicks away. Start by opening the Google Play Store on a device running Android 4.4 or later.
It’s possible there will be a promo banner at the top of the Play Store titled “Introducing Google Play Pass.” If there is, go ahead and select it.
If there is no banner, take a look in the Play Store’s left-hand menu. Here you will see things like which account you are signed in with and several other sections like “My apps & games” and “Notifications.” Just below those two, you will see a new section called “Play Pass.”
If you still don’t see it, try updating the Play Store to version 16.6.25 or above, or come back in a couple of days. Eventually, one of those two options will work.
After clicking on the new Play Pass section, it will bring you to a signup screen. This page explains the service’s 10-day free trial and some other technical details about Play Pass. Click the green button labeled “Start free trial,” and fill out the necessary information.
You now have access to hundreds of apps and games with your new Play Pass subscription!
How Google Play Pass works
Once you sign up for a shiny new Google Play Pass subscription, you will notice a few Play Store changes. First of all, a new Play Pass page will greet you from now on when you open the Play Store. The bottom toolbar now houses the extra section to the far left for quick access to the new Play Pass page.
Here, you can browse all of the apps and games included in your subscription. You will find suggestions for various subcategories of games and applications. Some categories including games for children, puzzle games, productivity apps, and photo editors.
This isn’t the only place to find Play Pass apps either. All of these applications can still be found in the store just like any other app. Each included application now has the Play Pass logo next to it. This signifies that you can download them at no extra charge. Apps will even list how much they cost without Play Pass, reminding you how much money you are saving.
You can manage your subscription by heading back to the front page of the Play Store. Tap the left-hand menu where we found the Play Pass section, and tap on the “Subscriptions” section. From here you can manage your Play Pass subscription, as well as any other subscriptions you may have. You can always cancel it if you are not satisfied. Canceling within your 10-day free trial assures Google never takes your $2.
Pro tip: A Google Play gift card is perfect if you want to make sure your first year of Play Pass is taken care of off the bat. Add at least a $25 gift card to your account, and you can freely use the Play Pass service without giving it a second thought until next year. This is also a great option if you don’t want to add your credit card information to the Play Store.