Indians consumers can now buy apps from Google Play Store without debit or credit cards

After launching it in 28 countries, Google has finally launched Play Store gift cards in India – the 29th country to get Google Play Store prepaid vouchers – after the likes of Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, the US, the UK, and Norway. Users can purchase these prepaid vouchers to buy any kind of digital content from the Play Store that is available in India, be it apps (as well as in-app purchases), games, live wallpapers, e-books, or movies. Movies can either be rented or purchased using these prepaid vouchers.

Google Play Store Gift Cards India

If you want to buy the Google Play prepaid vouchers, you can head over to selected stores of Vijay Sales and Spice Hotspot in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, and Jaipur. They will be available in three options – Rs. 500, Rs. 1000, and Rs. 1500 – and you can pay for them using cash or any other kind of payment the store accepts.

There are many people in India who do not have access to online banking or debit/credit cards with online shopping access, and till now, there was no option for such consumers to purchase apps and games from the Play Store. With the launch of Play Store prepaid vouchers, they can easily walk into a store, buy the prepaid voucher worth their need, and redeem the amount in the Play Store to buy digital content. Google has stated in its official announcement that purchased content such as movies can be “pinned” to the device for offline access.


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June 16, 2015 11:37 pm 11:37 PM

Good move by Google. Should get many more customers this way.

Akhil Mohan
June 16, 2015 10:17 pm 10:17 PM

My SBI ( Maestro) and Union Bank Of India (VISA) Debit cards wont work in google wallet. But my friend’s Indian bank VISA debit card works. So t that’s better for me because he is paying for my purchases . 🙂 LOL 🙂 🙂

June 16, 2015 11:30 pm 11:30 PM

ya sbi cards don’t work due to VBV(verified by visa) or mastercard secure code pin requirement each and every time….while banks like axis bank and icici bank don’t require these so they work… i use Entropay virtual card….i deposit money in entropay account using my sbi card and then use entropay virtual cards for payments but entropay takes 5% service charge…but that’s ok coz i seldom buy apps

June 16, 2015 3:05 pm 3:05 PM

ICICI bank chip type normal debit cards will work in the google playstore. But minimum balance to be maintained is Rs.5000 + Rs.150 for annual card charges + Rs.10 approx for SMS charges.

The above google card will benefit the budget phone users.

Doubt :
Does this gift card have any validity or lifetime?. Tt make it clear.

Narasimha Swamy
June 16, 2015 4:10 pm 4:10 PM

Hey no need for minimum balance just ask icici bank (Customer care executive) to enable international transactions on debit card..

June 16, 2015 6:49 pm 6:49 PM

The minimum balance required for urban savings bank account is Rs.5000 in ICICI. See its website.

June 16, 2015 10:13 pm 10:13 PM

open icici pockets account.

And get physical pockets card.

No minimum balance to be maintened.

But card charges Rs 100+ST

August 5, 2016 12:07 pm 12:07 PM

icici pockets card not working in google play

August 5, 2016 12:28 pm 12:28 PM

Their regular debit cards work, try calling them once and asking them to enable international transactions on your card, see if that works for you.