Mobile game fans you might be interested in Google’s often overlooked Play Pass subscription service. Play Pass is an affordable way to get a mix of games and apps on your Android phone, including some of our picks for the best mobile games. We have all the details and some recommendations for you.
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What does Google Play Pass include and how much does it cost?
Google Play Pass offers hundreds of games and apps for Android (nearly 1,000 in total). The library has many titles that usually cost money, and there are no ads or in-app purchases on any of the included content. Apps and games that typically include ads or in-app purchases are ad-free with additional content unlocked with Play Pass.
If you want to subscribe, you can pay $5 a month or $30 a year (£5 and £30 respectively in the UK). You can share a subscription with up to five other family members. You can each download, install and play different apps and games as if you were an individual member.
How to subscribe to Google Play Pass
It’s easy to subscribe on an Android device. This is how:
- Open Play Store on your Android device.
- Tap your profile avatar in the top right.
- touch Play Pass.
- If you want to pay monthly at $5 per month, tap To startor you can save some cash and pay annually at the touch of a button annual subscription link at $30/year.
- Select your payment method and tap Subscribe.
Once you’ve subscribed, you’ll see a new tab in the Play Store app on the far left, titled Play Pass. The content is organized into different categories and you can find the latest additions below newor query Top Charts to see what’s popular. There is also a useful children tab with recommendations for different ages.