What Is Google Play Pass?

Google's subscription service to hundreds of apps, games, and more

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There are millions of apps available for download in the Google Play Store, many which are monetized through advertisements or in-app purchases while others may require an upfront fee in order to install them on your smartphone or tablet. A Google Play Pass subscription provides instant access to hundreds of these apps, all of them without ads or any additional purchases required.

While the types of apps available with a Google Play Pass subscription vary, the lion’s share of its catalog is comprised of Android games. This on-demand setup is great for anyone wanting to try out a variety of different apps or having the option to choose from hundreds of games whenever they wish.

Google Play Pass requires devices running Android 4.4 and above along with Google Play Store 16.6.25 and above.

Which Apps Are Included With Google Play Pass?

The Google Play Pass subscription catalog is constantly expanding, with new titles added each month. To see which apps and games are currently available, take the following steps.

At the time of publication, Google Play Pass was only available to those Android users located within the United States.

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

    screenshot of Android home screen
  2. The Google Play Store interface should now be displayed. Select the Menu button, represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

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

    screenshot of Google Play Store menu
  4. Tap More, located toward the bottom of the screen.

    screenshot of Google Play Pass intro screen
  5. Tap Explore.

    screenshot of Google Play Pass
  6. The Explore Google Play Pass interface should now appear, letting you browse details, screenshots and videos for the hundreds of games and other apps that are included in a subscription. 

    screenshot of Explore Google Play Pass

You may notice that many of the apps are accompanied by a price tag, some of them relatively expensive. Access to each of these apps is free with an active subscription.

How Much Does Google Play Pass Cost?

A Google Play Pass subscription costs around $5 per month, which provides you with unlimited access to all apps and games within its catalog. If your Google account is configured as the family manager, you can share access to this subscription with up to five additional users at no cost.

As family manager, it’s a good idea to first review which apps and games you’re providing access to if there are young children within your Google family group.

In order for your subscription to remain active, you must maintain a valid payment method within Google Play.

Can I Try Google Play Pass For Free?

Yes. If you’re not sure whether or not Google Play Pass is right for you, we recommend opting for the 10-day free trial.

If you don’t want to be automatically be billed, make sure that you cancel your Google Play Pass subscription prior to the trial’s expiration date.

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

  2. The Google Play Store interface should now be displayed. Select the Menu button, represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

  3. When the slide-out menu appears, tap Play Pass.

  4. Tap Start free trial.

    screenshot of Google Play Pass intro screen
  5. Enter your Google Pay details, if necessary, and tap SUBSCRIBE.

    screenshot of Google Play Pass subscription interface