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Google Play Extends its App Refund Window to 2 Hours

by Jacob Kleinman | August 4, 2014August 4, 2014 8:00 pm PST


You probably wouldn’t question paying a few bucks for a cup of coffee or a sandwich, but for many the idea of paying anything at all for an app is out of the question. If you do decide to spend your hard-earned cash on a new application, Google typically offers a 15 minute window where you can reverse your decision. It looks like that may not be long enough for some people, and Google has taken notice.

Android Police notes that Google recently expanded its Play Store refund window from 15 minutes to 2 hours, though the company hasn’t updated its official policy to reflect the change just yet. A series of tests seemingly confirmed the news, suggesting it might be a small experiment. It’s still possible Google could reverse the decision, though for now you should get two full hours to reconsider your purchase.

Expanding the Google Play return window could help increase profits if more people feel comfortable taking a chance and paying for a new app. After all, you’ll be able to see just how worth it that $19.99 game is before you decide whether or not it was worth keeping.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...