Play Store return period officially extends to two hours
“This app is going to be awesome! Just wait until you… ohh… *tap* *tap* force close?” Who among us hasn’t had app-buyer’s remorse? Maybe that productivity app you sprung for is a little more rough-around-the-edges than you expected, or that first-person shooter is just too graphically intense for your aging handset to gracefully handle: whatever the reason, plenty of smartphone app buyers have at one time or another wish we hadn’t bought an app. Luckily for us, some app stores have return policies in place, and Google has historically offered its users a 15-minute window in which to change their minds and get their money back (and even a 24-hour period back in the long, long ago). Last month we spotted Google easing even those restrictions, expanding that return window to a full two hours – though without official changing its return policy. This week the company finally codifies things, making the two-hour return period official.
And really, that’s the extent of the change: while you used to have to make up your mind about keeping an app within 15 minutes of making your purchase, you now have a more leisurely two hours in which to make your decision.
But that’s all that’s different now. You’re still limited to pulling this stunt once per app, so no will-I-won’t-I games of buying and returning the same app over and over. The “refund” button will appear automatically for recently purchased apps as listed in the Play Store, and disappear after your two hours have elapsed.