Apple Offers Free Trials in the App Store – Here’s What You Need to Know
The App Store now has a separate section where Apple highlights apps that come with free trials. What does this mean? Well, now you have the option to try out the app you are interested in before deciding whether it’s worth the monthly or yearly subscription.
You can find this new section in the App tab, titled “Try it for Free”. Some of the currently featured free trial apps include Panna: Video Recipes, USA Today, Lake: Coloring Books and 1Password.
Once you decide on which app you want to try out for free, all you have to do is click on the App and select the available subscriptions.
Now let’s turn to the most important issue here – why is Apple doing this and how does it actually work? The company said that it has decided to this in order to assist new customers in making the right decision before committing to the full subscription when new content is in question.
So now you can use the app you find interesting, free of charge, of course, and then you can choose the monthly or yearly subscriptions.
What you need to know is that Apple will start charging you once the trial period is over, so you must remember to cancel the trial if you think the app is not worth paying for.
The good thing is: you can cancel the free trial at any time. All you have to do is go to iTunes & App Store, then click on Apple ID, then select View Apple ID and then go to Subscriptions. Here you will find the app you need and you can cancel the free trial.
Don’t forget to do this in case you don’t the app. The good news is that you will be able to use the app until the end of the free trial period without any charge to your account. So the smartest thing to do is check out the app, decide if you want it or not, and if you don’t – if you decide you don’t need it- cancel it immediately and then continue to use it for the whole duration of the free trial period.
If you decide to use the app and keep it, the subscription will auto-renew based on the subscription model of the app – the length of the trial period is set by the developer, so trial periods might vary from app to app.
If you want to check out the whole list of apps that are offered in the “Try it for Free” section of the App Store, click on “See all” and make your pick.
Again, you have to remember to CANCEL the free trial if you decide not the keep the app being offered in the free trial section, otherwise you’ll end up paying for it for a whole month or year, depending on the subscription model.
All in all, this is great news and an awesome new addition to the App Store. Start browsing and don’t forget about rules that come with the free trials.