Google Play gift cards: what are they and how to give one to someone


Gift cards are always a good solution to a sometimes complicated task: giving a gift to a loved one. Google is aware of this problem, and therefore it also allows you to solve it with its Google Play gift cards.

This gift can be very successful because we already know the variety of apps, games, movies, music, and other elements that this Android store has.

However, there is the drawback that gift cards from the Play Store are little known. What can you buy with them? Where can you get one? Do they have an expiration?

To put an end to all these doubts, we have prepared this complete guide on Google Play gift cards, with which you will be able to know what exactly they are, how to give one to someone, and other details that you should take into account before your purchase.

What are Google Play gift cards?

What are Google Play gift cardsGoogle Play gift cards are cards with a certain amount of money that the recipient can buy content on this Android app store.

Presented and launched by Google in 2013, these cards can be a good gift for that family member or friend who enjoys trying apps, playing games with their mobile or tablet, discovering new books, or is a fan of movies.

At the moment, the purchase of these Google Play gift cards is available in the countries mentioned in the following list:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

Once we know that the value of Google Play gift cards can be exchanged for the content available in the Android store itself, let’s see how you can buy them, give them away and, if you have been lucky enough to receive them, how you can redeem them and what content you can buy with them.

Where are they bought and what are their prices?

Google Play gift cards can be purchased at certain retail stores in Spain. Based on the information offered by Google, you can buy your gift cards in the following establishments:

  • Game
  • Day
  • Watertight
  • The English Court
  • MediaMarkt
  • Startselect
  • XtraLife
  • Fnac
  • Post
  • Carrefour
  • Eroski
  • Caprabo
  • Worten
  • dinosaur
  • On the way
  • Nitronic

Some of these companies sell the cards online, such as Startselect, while in others, it is only available in their physical stores, such as Correos.

Once the points of sale of the Google Play gift cards have been clarified, we will find out what prices they have.

On the one hand, there are the gift cards with a predefined value -5 €, 15 €, 25 €, 50 €, and 100 €, and, on the other hand, there is the Google Play gift card with a variable value between 15 and 150 euros. You are the one who decides the exact amount you want to add to the card as long as it is between these two figures. For example, you can give away a Google Play card for 75 euros.

How do I gift one to someone?

If you buy the card in a physical store, to give it to someone, you just have to give it to them since it is that same cardboard card that contains the code that the recipient must redeem on Google Play.

On the other hand, if you buy the gift card online, you will receive the digital code, which will be the information that you must give to the person to whom you are going to give the gift.

Either way, the important thing is that the lucky person has the code that corresponds to the gift card since that is the key information they need to enjoy the gift.

How do you redeem a Google Play gift card?

To use the money from the gift card, you do not have to enter the code every time you want to buy an app, game, or movie. The procedure to receive the gift is to redeem the card only once so that the money is added to your Google Play account and use the money from there.

To redeem a Google Play gift card, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Play app on your mobile, tablet, or PC.
  2. Display the left side menu.
  3. Click on “Redeem.”
  4. Enter the gift card code and click on “Redeem.”

What can I buy with the money on the card?

The content that you can buy with your Google gift card money varies depending on the country. Therefore, we recommend that you check what you can buy from this Google website. Click on your country, and the information you are looking for will appear.

For example, while in Spain that money can only be used to buy applications, movies, and subscriptions, in the United States, it can also be used for Play Books, Play Movies, and Play Kiosko.

How long do they last? Do they expire?

The good news, Google Play gift cards do not expire. In this way, you do not have a deadline to use your money, whether it is on the card yet or you have already added it to your Google Play account balance.

If you’ve been given one of these gift cards, you can treat yourself today or wait for when you need an app later. And that’s it for Google Play gift cards, an interesting solution when you don’t know what to give.