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What are Amazon Coins? How and Why to Use this Digital Currency

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor October 30th, 2020 Posted in Travel Blog, Travel Gear Reviews, Travel Guides No comments

Do you make a lot of in-app purchases? Then why not consider having Amazon Coins? This article will introduce you to this digital currency.

What are Amazon Coins How and Why to Use this Digital Currency
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If there is one thing that technology made something impressively useful, that would be digital currencies. These days, people are becoming more familiar with how and why to use these types of currencies. If you are a gamer and you do a lot of in-app purchases, then you might have heard of Amazon Coins, which is a type of digital currency. And if you don’t have any idea about what are they and how to use them, we got you! In this article, we will tell you what these coins are and everything you need to know about this certain digital currency.

What are Amazon Coins?

What are Amazon Coins How and Why to Use this Digital Currency

As mentioned above, Amazon Coins are a digital currency. The Amazon Coin service first launched in 2013. You can use them to purchase games or apps on the site. One Amazon Coin costs one US cent. So basically, a $1 USD is equivalent to 100 Coins. The good thing is that they do not expire. However, if you want to buy the coins in bulk, it’s also possible. There’s a deal and you can purchase them at a discounted price. Just take a look at below.

What are Amazon Coins How and Why to Use this Digital Currency

The deal here is, the more you buy, the more you save. You can buy these coins through your Amazon account. Just open your Amazon Appstore then go to the “Coins” tab. Another good thing is you can even earn coins for certain games, apps, and in-app purchases. That is really a good deal!

NOTE: Amazon Coins are not eligible to use for purchasing Kindle Books. In short, they are purely made for purchasing apps and games.

How to use Amazon Coins?

Using Amazon Coins is very easy. You don’t really need to do a lot of complicated steps. But before you can use these coins, you must remember one thing. First, you’ll need to have a Fire tablet or TV, or just download the Amazon Appstore. If you already have all these then you can now use your coins.

NOTE: You can’t download the Amazon Appstore app through the Google Play Store. You can download it through here.

After buying the coins, they will be added to your account. Once you decide which games or in-app purchases you’ll be making, you will see the option to either pay with Amazon Coins or cash. Just simply choose which one you prefer then that’s it.

Can I use Amazon Coins in the Google Play Store?

Unfortunately, this is not possible. However, you can use them on any android devices via the Amazon Appstore. It is possible to have both app stores on your phone at the same time.

If you are worried that you already started a game that you downloaded from the Google Play Store, no worries, you can transfer the progress once you install the same game from the Amazon Appstore.

Why Should You use These Digital Coins?

As digital currencies are getting more and more popular and normal, it is not new that people are now preferring to use their digital coins than their cash when they buy something online. For this reason, we’ll list down on why you should use Amazon Coins.

What are Amazon Coins How and Why to Use this Digital Currency
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1. Amazon Coins do not expire. Yes, these coins never expire so it is a good way to save up when there are available deals.

2. You can earn free coins as well on selected purchases. Most of the discounts you can find are available within popular games such as HearthStone and HayDay.

3. You can gift these coins too! This is how you do it:

  • 1: Go to “Product Listing.”
  • 2: Tick the box labeled “Give Amazon Coins as a gift.”
  • 3: Fill in the recipient’s details in the form.

Despite all these reasons, it still depends on you whether you prefer to use cash or you want to try using these coins. Especially if you are a gamer, these coins can be a big advantage on your part.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I use Amazon Coins in purchasing other products like clothes?

Unfortunately, you can use these coins to buy apps, games, and digital in-app purchases BUT not physical in-app purchases like clothes, and other products.

2. If my coins are not enough to buy a certain app or game, can I use cash to pay for the rest?

No. You can only use the coins in their entirety. In other words, if you have 50 coins to your account and you want to purchase a game that costs 100, then you’ll need to buy more coins so you can purchase that certain game.

3. I have coins that I earned from specific items I purchased, do they expire?

Yes. Unfortunately, all the coins you earned from your previous purchase do expire 12 months after you first receive them. On the other hand, all the coins you purchased DO NOT expire.

What are Amazon Coins How and Why to Use this Digital Currency
Photo from Marco Verch Professional Photographer CC BY 2.0

In conclusion, the decision is still always yours. If you’re still not comfortable in using digital currencies, then there’s no need to buy them! However, there’s no risk in trying even just once. Who knows, you might actually like it. And for those people who already used these amazon coins, share with us your experience! Did you like them?

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About the Writer

Fatima Turla2Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.​​​​​​​​​​​​


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