Paid Android Apps - Try before your Buy
Say you have found an interesting app in Googleâs Android Market that you are quite willing to buy but as the app price is a bit on the expensive side, you would like to use the app and test the various features before loosening your purse strings.
Google doesn't offer "try before you buy" apps but thereâs an easy workaround that will help you test any paid app before buying it - you buy an app from the Android market, use it for about 10-12 minutes and then refund the app. The app will be uninstalled from your mobile phone and your account wonât be charged.
How to Refund an Android App
It take a few easy steps to refund an app to the Android Market:
Step 1: Visit the Google Android Market, either on your desktop or your mobile phone, and buy any of the 'paid' apps.
Step 2: The app is now installed on your mobile phone. Launch the app and you can test it for the next 10-12 minutes.
Step 3. Go back to the Android Market app on your mobile phone and under âMy Apps,â tap the app name that you are trying to refund. Hit the âRefundâ button and the app will automatically uninstall from your mobile phone.
Step 4. Once the App has been uninstalled, it may ask you to specify a reason for removing the app. You can check "Iâd rather not say" here and the app amount will be refunded. You'll also get an email from Google saying:
You have uninstalled the application from your phone. We have cancelled your order and you have not been charged.
The refund process is quite easy and 10 minutes are often enough for you to get a good idea about an app. I tried this with at least two different paid apps and the whole thing worked without a hitch. There are however two things regarding Googleâs refund policy that you should know:
1. You only have 15 minutes to return an app to the Android Market from the time of download after which the "refund" option will disappear from the app.
2. You can return an app only once; if you refund an app and purchase it again, you wonât be able to refund it to the Android Market.