How to Use Google Play Pass

Get unlocked Android apps and games

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Google Play Pass is a pay-per-month subscription service that provides unlimited access to hundreds of Android games (here's a list of the best Google Play Pass games) and other apps for around $5 per month. These Play Store titles are ad-free and devoid of in-app purchases, and more games are added to the catalog on a regular basis.

Google Play Pass subscriptions are only available to users based in the United States.

Creating a Google Play Pass Subscription

The signup process for Google Play Pass is fairly straightforward, and a 10-day free trial is offered for those gamers and app fanatics that wish to give the service a test run before spending any money.

  1. Tap the Play Store icon, found on your smartphone or tablet’s home screen.

    screenshot of Android home screen
  2. The Google Play Store app will now launch. Select Menu, represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper left-hand corner.

    screenshot of Google Play Store
  3. When the slide-out menu appears, tap Play Pass.

    screenshot of Google Play Store menu
  4. Tap Start free trial.

    screenshot of Google Play Pass free trial screen
  5. The terms of your Play Pass subscription will now be displayed, as shown in the accompanying screenshot. Enter your Google Pay details, if prompted, and tap SUBSCRIBE.

    screenshot of Google Play Pass subscription details
  6. Enter your Google Account password and tap VERIFY.

    screenshot of Google Play Pass subscription process
  7. If successful, a confirmation message will briefly appear followed by the Welcome to Play Pass screen.

    screenshot of Welcome to Play Pass screen

    If you decide not to keep your Play Pass subscription and do not want to be billed for the first month, you must cancel prior to the 10-day trial’s expiration date.

How to Use Google Play Pass

As soon as your subscription’s active it’s time to explore the vast library of Android games and apps now at your fingertips. 

  1. Tap Play Store on your device’s home screen.

  2. The Google Play Store will now launch, with the new Play Pass tab active by default.

    screenshot of Play Pass tab in Google Play Store

    If your Google Account is set up in the family manager role, you can add up to five additional users to your Play Pass subscription. To start adding, tap Set up (located toward the top of this screen) and follow the Family Plan prompts.

  3. The Play Pass tab contains all of the apps now at your disposal, organized by category and popularity among other useful buckets. To learn more about a particular app, tap its thumbnail image.

  4. The app details page presents a great deal of information about the title in question including preview images and video clips, user reviews, number of downloads and much more. You’ll also notice that any apps with a cost attached will now have a line through the List Price, signifying that it’s free with your subscription.

    screenshot of Android app details screen
  5. If you’d like to try one of these apps, tap Install.

  6. Real-time status of the download and installation process will be displayed toward the top of the screen. Once complete, tap Open to launch your new app.

    screenshot of app open screen in Google Play Store

    Not all offerings in the Google Play Store fall under your Play Pass subscription. To avoid accidental billing, be sure to check the details and List Price prior to choosing to install a new app.