Google Play gift card redemption now showing in some Play store apps

Some users with the 3.8.16 version of Google Play are seeing the "Redeem" entry show up in their menu, pushing us that much closer to live Google Play gift cards. This is happening with no hacking or tearing apart apk files, but not every phone is seeing it yet. Case in point -- my HTC One X has the right version, but the menu entry is missing, while my Galaxy Nexus has it.

We're pretty certain that it's something server side, and until the gift cards start hitting stores en masse, there's no reason to fret if you aren't seeing it just yet. We're excited though, as gift cards are something that's been on our wishlist for quite a while. 

To check if your phone is ready for them, just fire up the Google Play app and open the overflow menu. Feel free to shout out in the comments if you're seeing it, and of course any ideas to force it to happen will be welcome. There's a screenshot after the break of the page itself.

Thanks, Ben!

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • Have it on my GNex
  • Also have it on my VZW GNex running AOKP JB Build 1
  • Got it. Same ROM
    Got it on my HTC EVO 4G LTE running CleanROM DE
  • Gift cards are available at target.
  • I have it on my Nexus S 4G
  • i have it on my og evo 4g (rooted ics) and my tab 7.0 plus (rooted jb)been waiting for this for ever so long money now i have no excuse to load the kids up and can not say i'm not giving you my credit card.
  • My nexus s 4g had it earlier this afternoon.
  • Got it - VZW GNex Stock No Root Play Store version 3.8.16
  • If that is true, its got to be the fastest VZW update ever.
  • Do you have to be on 4.0 or 4.1 to use gift cards, does anyone know?
  • It shouldn't matter what version of Android you're running. But you have to be running version 3.8.17 of the Play Store.
  • Just got mine also, pic is on twitter @enzoem
  • Got it. Verizon GNex, locked unrooted.
  • Showing on my Nexus 7, Store version 3.8.17 (is 3.8.17 Nexus 7 specific?)
    Not Showing on Sprint GNEX version 3.7.15
  • I have it on my VZW GNex running BB, but not my Nexus 7.
  • Have it on my Atrix 2 and Vizio Vtab.
  • Shows up on my AT&T One X.
  • Have it on my NS4G but not on my TF101
  • Got it in my Gnex. Waiting 4 the gift card now.
  • I'm seeing it on my device, using an AT&T LG Phoenix with unnoficial MIUI v4
  • I have the Verizon Galaxy S3 with Play Store version 3.8.16. I don't see it in the menu but if I choose to buy an app and tap on my pay with, I can tap redeem and it gives me a spot to input a code.
  • Got it on my stock EVO 3D
  • Ever notice that AndroidCentral gets an immediate +1 Legit bonus every time Jerry says "server side"?
  • Got it on my Big Red Gnex. Gift Cards! FTW!!!
  • Got it Boss!! -ATT GSII
  • I have it on my LTE Tab 10.1 running the stock Honeycomb build 3.2.
    All i did to pull the update was: Application> Manage Applications> Google Play Store & Clear Data AND Clear Cache, Force Stop.
  • Showing up on my Sprint GNex (rooted with JB)
  • HTC Rezound stock. Got it here.
  • Shows up on my Samsung Galaxy S running Gingerbread (no root). It's running store version 3.8.17. So apparently age makes no difference.