Google PlayStore is absolutely amazing. It brings along millions of mobile applications, providing a great experience to all Android users. Ever wonder what your smartphone would be like if it did not have all those applications you’ve downloaded from PlayStore? Pretty boring, eh?
However, one issue that many people complain about is that many apps in the Google PlayStore are paid. It requires you to make a payment via credit or debit card to purchase those applications. Of course, not everyone can afford to buy these apps, and therefore, many people refrain from using them. It’s an issue not just for the users but developers as well.
If the app isn’t widely used or downloaded, the developer loses money. The same goes for Google which makes money from these apps. Due to that, Google has revised its rates for 17 countries around the world. They include Vietnam, Ukraine, Turkey, Thailand, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Poland, the Philippines, Peru, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hungary, Columbia, Chile, and Brazil.
Besides the countries mentioned above, the price for different paid apps remains the same. It does seem a bit unfair, of course. However, you don’t have to worry as there are ways you can purchase, download, and install all those paid apps at a cheaper price. A few of them are as follows:
Change Your PlayStore’s Locations
One thing that makes Google PlayStore 10x better than Appstore is the fact that it allows you to change the location easily. Here’s what you need to do: go to your smartphone’s settings, privacy, and switch off the location. After that, you need to go to the PlayStore’s settings and change the location to any of the countries mentioned above. It will then show you all the paid apps at a cheaper price. Find your favorite app, buy it at a lower price, download it, and install it. It’s as simple as that.
Use a VPN
Smartphones are quite smart these days. Some of them allow you to change the location directly from the PlayStore while others don’t. They fetch your location based on your internet’s IP address and that presents a huge problem. If that’s the case with you, you should download and install a VPN first. Get a VPN with residential IP and trick your smartphone into thinking that you’re in another country. The VPN will hide your IP address as well as location, so you can easily go ahead and buy your favorite app at a cheaper price.
Also, most VPNs are free these days, so you won’t have a problem finding the suitable one. Just make sure to check that your VPN allows you to set your desired location. It needs to be any one of the countries mentioned above.
Look for APK Files
One of the best things about Androids is that it supports APK files. For all the apps that are expensive or even the ones that aren’t launched in your country, you can use an APK file and download it. Some APK files even offer free downloads for paid apps. The only problem is that it’s not easy finding the APK files as they’re not commonly available. Also, not all APK files are safe, and that’s why you need to be extra cautious.
Try Third-Party AppStores
Apart from the Google PlayStore, there are many websites that also offer mobile applications. In case nothing else works for you, you can look for a third-party store and download your desired application. The only problem is that third-party stores are not trustworthy. Many people avoid using them because they’re scared of their data being leaked, but you don’t have to worry about that either. You can use a third-party AppStore with a VPN.
The VPN will restrict the third-party store from storing your data or keeping a track of it. As a result, your personal information would remain safe and you’ll hopefully not face any cybersecurity issues. However, there are risks involved; therefore, it must be your last resort.
The Final Word…
If you’ve been paying a hefty amount for your favorite games or other applications in the PlayStore, you need to stop doing that right away. Why pay more for something when you can get it for less? Or free? It’s even better. While you may have to make a little effort to save those extra bucks, it’s going to be worth it. Simply follow the tips mentioned above and save your hard-earned money. Here’s wishing you a wonderful day ahead!