Your Google Play Points just got a whole lot more useful for Play Store purchases

What do you want to know

  • Google offers a free Play Points program that rewards you for downloading games and apps or for IAPs.
  • You can now “use points” during the Play Store checkout process, either in specific amounts or for the entire purchase.
  • You previously had to download a voucher to use them.
  • The feature is not yet available worldwide.

Google launched its Play Points program in 2019 to reward big spenders and active users on the Play Store. The more games and apps you download, including free games, the more Play Points you earn, just like spending money on in-app purchases. You can then redeem Play Points for credit vouchers to purchase even more content.

Unfortunately, redeeming your points balance was a time-consuming and inconvenient process. Now that Google has implemented a new system for spending points directly on purchases, you’re more likely to want to use them (and earn them).

9to5Google first spotted this new feature. At checkout, in addition to your Google Play balance, you’ll see how many points you’ll earn and a new “Use Points” feature. By tapping on it, you will be able to “choose the amount” of points you want to use, either in dollars or as a purchase balance.

We don’t see the option yet in the United States; the 9to5Google writer is based in the UK, which suggests that Google is rolling it out to different countries at different times. But we hope to see the tool arrive soon. For now, we have a guide on how to redeem Google Play Points the old-fashioned way.

Assuming you’re not already signed up for the Play Points program, this link will get you started at the push of a button. You will earn 1 point for every $1 spent, or 4 points for IAPs in promoted games. You’ll also earn points on your Google One subscription, movie rentals, book purchases, and any other Play Store money you spend.

The more points you accumulate, the more you will rise in rank. Upgrading to Silver, Gold, or Platinum earns you 1.1, 1.2, or 1.4 Play Points for $1 in the following calendar year. 100 points only gets you $1 in credit, so this new feature will benefit the big spenders on the Play Store the most.

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