Aug 17 AT 5:05 PM Adam Oram 0 Comments

How to get more for your money with Amazon Coins and the Amazon Appstore

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We all want to make the most of our money — and the same definitely applies when playing the mobile games that we love. Amazon Coins are a great way of ensuring that our hard earned dollars are used most efficiently for apps, games and in-app purchases from the Amazon Appstore.

Let’s explore how…

What are Amazon Coins?

Simply put, Amazon Coins are a form of digital currency that allows you to buy select Android apps, games and in-game items — 100 coins = $1. Amazon Coins are spent, like money, on many apps and games from the Amazon Appstore for Android and Fire tablets.

The major benefit to using Amazon Coins over your credit/debit card is the saving potential. While 100 coins is equivalent to a $1 value, Amazon Coins can be purchased for up to 25% off the real world value — the more Coins you buy, the greater the discount.

What_are_coinsFor example, 5,000 Amazon Coins has a value of $50 but can currently be purchased for $41. This means you have $50 to spend on games and in-app purchases but this has only cost you $41 dollars of hard earned cash — a $9 (18%) saving. If you are a regular purchaser of in-game items or like purchasing new apps and games, you can use your Amazon Coins and benefit from the savings you made when buying the Coins.

Amazon Coins can be purchased on the web, through the Amazon app or directly within eligible title downloaded through the Amazon Appstore meaning you are always ready to make the most of those dollar to Coin exchange rates.

How to install the Amazon Appstore for Android

If you haven’t already got the Amazon Appstore installed on your Android device, you will first need to follow the below:

  1. Go to your device’s Settings > Security menu and ensure Unknown Sources is enabled.
  2. Follow this link to download the Amazon Appstore file.
  3. Head to your device’s Downloads and tap the “Amazon_App.apk” file.
  4. Follow the prompts to install, shown below.
  5. You’ll now see the Amazon Underground app installed — Amazon’s combined Shopping app and Appstore app.

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Within the Amazon Underground app, you can search for and install apps within the Amazon Appstore. You will also be prompted to add a shortcut to the Amazon Appstore on your device homescreen so you are then just one tap away from the latest deals.
Purchases of many apps and games — as well as the eligible in-app purchases within — can then be made using Amazon Coins.

You can also follow the above instructions in order to get the Amazon Appstore on your PC by running an Android emulator like Bluestacks, Andy or Leapdroid — and then continue to use your Amazon Coins there.

Syncing your game progress

Understandably, you may be apprehensive about installing the Amazon Appstore version of your favorite games for fear of losing your game progress. While you may be drawn to the Amazon Coins’ savings, it’s not worth sacrificing your Game of War career for.
Fortunately, you don’t have to choose between the two if you follow the below:

  1. Back up your game progress. This will vary based on the game you are playing, but most use either Facebook or another third-party system for saving game data. For Candy Crush Saga, as an example, your data can be saved via Facebook. If you’re a Game of War player, you’re going to want to create an MZ Account in order to save and sync your progress.
  2. Uninstall the Google Play version of the game.
  3. Search for the desired title in the Amazon Appstore and install the game.
  4. Sign back in with your account and pick up where you left off.

Once you have the Amazon Appstore version installed, you can begin using Amazon Coins for purchases and benefit from savings.

Even more from the Amazon Appstore and Amazon Coins

Where_do_I_use_coinsAs well as allowing you to get more for your money with up to 25% savings on Amazon Coin purchases, there are special offers available through the Amazon Appstore and its apps.

Often, you can earn Amazon Coins back when playing, downloading or making purchases within particular apps and games. Amazon Coins back offers may be available for in-app purchases, meaning you spend even less on your favorite games. Amazon keeps an updated list of all the games currently offering Coins back deals which updates weekly to show the apps with offers. To claim these Coins back, simply make the appropriate in-app purchase using Amazon Coins or your credit/debit card and the Coins you would receive back from that offer will be credited to your account — when combined with the original purchase price discount of your Coins, you can easily see some serious savings over regular in-app purchases made within the Google Play app using your credit card.

The Amazon Underground app also features a number of “Actually Free” apps and games that can be downloaded at no cost and with all in-app purchases available for free too. There are some popular apps on the list; so it’s worth checking that out.

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Adam is Reviews Editor for PhoneDog, Android and Me and Today's iPhone. A Media and Communications graduate from Newcastle University in the UK, Adam is a Bradford City FC fanatic and self-confessed tech-nerd. You can follow him on Twitter: @adamoram.

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