You can buy just about anything on Amazon, from a prefabricated home to premade peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Yes, this is actually a real monthly subscription (not that I would know from experience).
Created by Amazon.com, Amazon Coins are a digital currency that can be used to purchase software on Android and Kindle devices, such as apps or games. These purchases can be made via their app store, Amazon.com, or within eligible apps.
The Amazon Coin service launched in 2013. Since then, the most common purchases with Amazon Coins are for in-app items like gems, boosters, and powerups to give users an advantage in the game.
NOTE: Kindle books are not eligible for purchase using Amazon Coins.
How to use Amazon Coins
Just like money, you can use Amazon Coins to buy apps, games, and in-app items through the Amazon Appstore.
You’ll either need to use a Fire Tablet or TV, or install the Amazon Appstore on your Android device.
How do I spend Amazon Coins?
Find the app or in-app item you want to buy and add it to your Cart.
Click “Buy Now.”
When purchasing a qualifying item, you’ll spend Amazon Coins by default if you have enough.
If not, you can buy more at a discounted rate.
On the next screen, click “Done.
How do I use Amazon Coins in the Google Play Store?
You can’t use Amazon Coins on Google Play. But, you can use them on Android devices via the Amazon Appstore. You can have both app stores on your Android phone at the same time.
TIP: If you started a game you downloaded from the Google Play Store, you can transfer your progress within the game when you install it from the Amazon Appstore.
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Buy Amazon Coins
You can quickly and easily buy Amazon Coins through Amazon.com or the Amazon Appstore.
Buy Amazon Coins just like you would buy anything else on Amazon. Simply search for “Amazon Coins.” Then, add the number of coins you want to purchase to your Cart. If you’ve shopped on Amazon before, you’ll see an option to “Buy now with 1-Click.” WARNING: this is dangerous for avid online shoppers.
100 Amazon Coins are worth $1.00 to spend on these types of purchases. They are sold by Amazon in quantities of 300, 500, 1000, 2500, 5000, 10000, and 50000. You’ll notice that you do save on these purchases – if you buy 300 Amazon Coins they are worth $3.00 but only cost you $2.97. There is a sliding scale for discounts, so the more you buy, the more you save.
Do Amazon Coins expire?
Amazon Coins never expire, so it’s a good idea to stock up when there are available deals.
Free Amazon Coins
You can earn Amazon Coins on select purchases. Most of the discounts are available within popular games like HearthStone and HayDay.
Gift Amazon Coins
You can gift Amazon Coins, too! From the product listing, check the box labeled “Give Amazon Coins as a gift.” Enter the recipient’s details in the form.
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Bridget Poetker is a former content team lead at G2. Born and raised in Chicagoland, she graduated from U of I. In her free time, you'll find Bridget in the bleachers at Wrigley Field or posted up at the nearest rooftop patio. (she/her/hers)