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Did you know that you can get your money back for purchased Android apps even after the official 15-minute Google Play refund period?

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Did you know that you can get your money back for purchased Android apps even after the official 15-minute Google Play refund period?
Most Android users probably already know that the Google Play Store allows you to test every app for 15 minutes. It’s very easy to request a refund within that period - you just open the Play Store, and instead of the ‘Remove’ app button, you have a ‘Refund’ option, tap it and you’re done.

What about those times that you just missed that time window for a few minutes, though? Did you know that you can actually get your money back for an app even after those first 15 minutes have passed? It’s reasonable - after all, some apps are just too complicated to get a good grasp of within just 15 minutes, and even those who try to do it in a rush might run out of time. Luckily, you indeed can.

Google has what seems like an automated procedure to refund you for apps even after the first 15 minutes. This is a change from earlier times when a refund request would open a dispute and get the app developer involved in this. Recent findings by Android Police, however, suggest that Google has now set an internal time window of 48 hours (requests after that period would still open disputes), within which you can follow the steps below and get an app refund with no questions asked. Chances are the developer won’t even get involved in the process if a refund is requested within 48 hours.

Keep in mind that this is not a system for app abuse, and we’re sure Google has some safeguards for those who use this on a regular basis to cheat the system. With this in mind, here's how to get a refund for an app within that 48-hour window.

reference: Android Police

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posted on 15 Jun 2014, 14:40 2

1. superfans (Posts: 150; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


I still think apps store provide better refund service than play store, i bought 1 song and asked for refund and apps store did refunded only in 1days compared to the experience i had in play store.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 14:46 17

2. bbblader (Posts: 581; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


You bought a song...lol

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 19:49 4

4. Doakie (Posts: 1287; Member since: 06 May 2009)


So you wanted a refund on a song after you listened to it?

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 21:04 2

5. wilsong17 (Posts: 993; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Wow how much is apple paying you. Clearly this is fake

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 23:02 2

9. techloverNYC (Posts: 413; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


The apple app store hate to admit it but is definitely more stable (app wise) and better organize than the google store.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 15:35 1

3. TheNeighbor (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Yeah, I got a refund for Titanium Backup about two years back. I realized it only worked on root. But bought it a few months later after reassessing root has loads of benefits.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 22:23 1

6. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3416; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


You can get your money back, but not your data. The data is all that Google cares about.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 22:51

7. wilsong17 (Posts: 993; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


I and here you are in this site using Google server

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 13:46

11. jroc74 (Posts: 5065; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Or ask him to hit refresh and watch the bottom of his browser...and see the googleapi, . adservice thing flash by.

If he has his browser set to show such things.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 23:01

8. techloverNYC (Posts: 413; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Thanks for the info. Time for some free paid apps.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 08:56

10. jroc74 (Posts: 5065; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Nice. Nice to know there is more to the refund policy.

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