How to Get Paid Apps for Free from the App Store Legitimately

Pranob Mehrotra

Apple's App Store is chock full of apps and games. Plenty of good apps for iOS are either paid or require a monthly subscription. That's unlike the Play Store, which has a ton of free and ad-supported apps. Because of that parity, a few users resort to jailbreaking their iPhone to download paid apps for free, but that could be quite risky.

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Apps from sketchy and unverified third-party sources could be infected with malware that might compromise your device. So it's best to stay away from resorting to such methods. Thankfully, there are a couple of ways you can get such deals legitimately. And that's exactly what we'll be talking about in this article. So without much further ado, let's take a look at how you can download paid apps for free.

1. Apps Gone Free

Kicking things off is a handy little app on the App Store called Apps Gone Free, which gives you a quick overview of all the paid apps that are currently available for free. Just download the app on your device, select your location, and then scroll through the Today's Apps Gone Free section.

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The section lists down all the apps that are available for free. Also, the listing carries a brief description of what the app does, and who the app is for. To download an app, just tap on the listing and then tap on the 'Get it in the App Store' button in the following menu.

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Now if you don't find any apps that you like in Today's Apps Gone Free section, you can also scroll all the way down and view all previous issues. You might find some app deals that haven't expired yet.

2. App Deals Websites

While using an app like Apps Gone Free is quite convenient, there's a chance that you might miss a good deal because it only shows a curated list of apps. That's why you should also check out a couple of websites dedicated to finding paid iOS apps that are available at a discounted price or for free.

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There are quite a few options such as AppShopper, AppSliced, and FreeAppMagic. These websites offer a comprehensive list of free apps that you can download right away. AppShopper is my favorite out of the lot since it provides a clean minimal interface with all the free apps available right on the home page.

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If you're looking for a specific type of app, you can use the handy filter feature to narrow down apps based on your device or categories. That makes searching for free apps a whole lot more convenient. While AppShopper is pretty great, I'd recommend you to check the other two websites if you don't want to miss any great deals.

3. Reddit

Reddit is another great place to discover amazing deals on the App Store. I'm not sure if you've heard, but it's widely believed that there's a subreddit for everything you can possibly think of.

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The r/AppHookup is one of the most popular subreddits for apps you should join if you want to know about the best app deals on both iOS and Android. Over 93,000 members are part of it and you'll find a bunch of posts daily about the best app deals on the App Store.

To find a great deal, you just need to scroll through all the most recent threads on the subreddit and check it ever so often to see if someone posted about any new deals. When you find a good deal, click on the link in the thread and it'll take you straight to the App Store listing for that app. And you can even contribute to the community by posting about any great deals you come across to help fellow members and also get some karma.

4. Google Opinion Rewards

Finally, there's Google Opinion Rewards. Yes, that's right. Google Opinion Rewards on iOS is a great way to get paid apps for free. Well, sort of. With the app, you can earn money for answering surveys and you can use that to buy paid apps from the App Store.

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And unlike Opinion Rewards on Android, which only gives you Play Store credit for answering surveys, on iOS the app deposits money directly into your PayPal account. So you can buy apps or anything else.

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You get up to a dollar for completing each 20-second survey, and you can rake up quite a lot of money depending on how often you get the surveys. The app aggregates your answers and shares them with market researchers, keeping all your personally identifiable information private. So you don't even need to worry about that. However, there's a catch. Google Opinion Rewards isn't available in all regions, so you might not find it on the App Store on your device.

Note: App Deals vary from region to region, so there's a chance that you might not see specific deals on your phone.

Time to Get Some Freebies

Now you know that getting paid apps for free from the App Store isn't that hard. Try out all of these methods, and you might end up finding the deal of a lifetime. And if you do end of finding something great, make sure you share it with the community at r/AppHookups, you might end up getting some of those coveted internet points.

If you are still unsure, watch this video that explains different ways to get free iOS apps legally, without any jailbreak.


Next up: In case you don't find a particular deal in your region, check out the next article to see how you can change your region on the App Store to snag that deal.

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Pranob is a staff writer at Guiding Tech whose love for technology and gaming is the only thing keeping him from pulling an Into the Wild. In his free time he enjoys playing online multiplayer games or lurking on Reddit for some dank memes.