Google's new tablet, the Nexus 7 is already a pretty sweet deal. Only $200 for a Tegra 3 tablet with a quality screen and solid construction is almost more than we could ask for. The fact that Google is nice enough to throw in a $25 credit to Google Play is just the icing on the cake. It turns out that it might be even better, though. By logging into a different account, the Nexus 7 keeps handing out $25 credits like a sleek little cash machine.

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You can't just add a secondary account to the device and get the free money. No, you have to factory reset the device, and log in the new account during start up. As long as there is a credit card attached to this account, you get another $25 to spend in Google Play. This is probably not a Google-sanctioned activity, but would they go so far as to limit the gift to one per tablet? The idea is to give people new to the Nexus 7 some free money, and that person might not be the original owner.

When the Kindle Fire came out, I noticed that I could reset the device and get the one month of free Prime on a different account. So, this is not completely without precedent. If you or your family members want a little free Google money, you can give this a shot. Is it taking advantage of Google? Probably. If you're going to try this, you might want to get on it soon in case Mountain View does get wise and puts a stop to it.

[Thanks, Jonathan and Aaron]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Aaron Seibert

    It actually gave me the credit without a reset - I added a secondary (business) account through settings > accounts, and was prompted to add a credit card to that account to get the credit. Added a card and got the credit. This was on 4.1.0 though so maybe they patched it.

    • http://awseibert.net/ Aaron

      Disclaimer: I had done this on Saturday, and only because when I added my business account it prompted me. I haven't added any other accounts to get additional credit, I added the second one just to see if it would actually give the credit. So please don't flame me :)

    • Michael

      were you able to use the card? I did and it went away when I went back to my old account

      • http://awseibert.net/ Aaron

        Yeah, got touchdown with it. You have to change accounts from the menu in the play store.

        • http://awseibert.net/ Aaron

          Like I said though, this was on Saturday (and still on 4.1.0). Since it won't OTA if you're less than 50% charge, I was adding all my accounts while waiting for it to charge to update.

          • Michael

            it worked at first then i went back to my restore and it was gone when I logged in

          • http://awseibert.net/ Aaron

            Wierd. I just double checked and I still have the balance. I checked on the web version though since I'm too lazy to get my phone across the room lol

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  • Tom

    Do you really have to tell everyone, so all the jerks out there can abuse this and ruin it for everyone. Sheesh, show some responsibility.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      We're not in the business of keeping things in the bag. We're here to report stuff that people might enjoy, and this is something a lot of people will enjoy.

      • Tom

        Your right, why keep anything in the bag. Hey everyone, Artem left the back door open on his house. I'll bet he has a ton of electronic goodies lying around.

        • ignitionnight

          I for one appreciate AP for not being an elitist blog that only disseminates information to those they deem "worthy." Also, its not like AP are the only ones who figured this out... so it would have gotten out anyways.

    • VanderTRAMP

      "Ruin it for everyone", as in let everybody just get away with committing what's probably some kind of fraud? Jesus man, maybe everyone else should try to be responsible. Didn't mommy teach you not to be greedy?

      • Tom

        By "Ruin it for everyone" I meant cause Google to discontinue the $25 credit because of fraud. I guess my mommy taught me not to be greedy, too bad other kiddies didn't learn this at a young age.

        • VanderTRAMP

          Oh, sorry for being a prick then. I misunderstood. I guess we're in the same boat. :)

    • http://awseibert.net/ Aaron

      Or don't tell anyone, let google not fix it, lose money on those that do find it and abuse it, then rethink their future promotions? Rather they know about it and fix it (or keep it, if it was intended.)

  • cgadgetz

    I was just thinking the same thing...stop snitching lol

  • http://twitter.com/JirafaBo JirafaBo

    Anyone wanna log me in? lol

  • John O’Connor

    I'm sure this loophole will be closed within a week now that the cat is out of the bag

    • Jeremy Powers

      try 48 hours

  • Tyler Chappell

    Should have waited until after those of us who have yet to receive our N7's to mention this!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Then we'd have to wait for months. Heyoooo.

      • Tyler Chappell

        lol, when mine finally arrives this week (it should!), Ill give this a shot before unlocking and rooting it. I'd much rather spend the credit money on the Play Store instead of every so often having to snag a free Amazon App of The Day.
        I just got the Let's Make Pottery app the other day that way, it's pretty fun.

  • http://twitter.com/just_guillermo Guillermo

    by the time I get my nexus 7 this weekend, google will have patched that glitch up...damn it

  • Michael

    Am I the only one who had already thought of this before being told? haha

  • Alex Murphy

    Weak sauce, wish I would have known about this yesterday haha.

  • VanderTRAMP

    I wonder what the repercussions of this will be.

    • http://twitter.com/JirafaBo JirafaBo

      True story.... Dropbox keeps track of all those who installed hacked apk's to take advantage of the free 25/50gb offers with certain phones!

      And in there help forums, they call people out left and right for doing it too!

  • gumbald

    The first step of this is getting the e-mail to say it's been shipped. F5-ing my inbox now.

    • Andrew Seabrook

      That's what I've been doing for the past week, mate. Damn keyboard must be broken...

  • shabbypenguin

    anyone actually able to get teh creidt? got someone trying to log me in and gettin nothing

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      We got a few tips about this and I personally verified it. For science.

      • shabbypenguin

        anything special to it then? i really wanna buy some combustible lemons...

  • wolfkabal

    I actually thought about this when I received the one I bought for a friend currently deployed (can't order outside US) - but didn't want to risk taking their credit so didn't attempt. I'll be ordering my own soon anyways after getting to play with theirs (setting it up, updating, etc)

  • banner.banana

    It worked for 2 accounts. It didn't work a third time. So maybe it's limited to 2? Or has it been patched? Somebody confirm.

    • strra

      it didn't even work once for me... so i think it's fixed

  • Michael

    Now I can actually buy Final Fantasy 3!

  • http://twitter.com/roadzombie Jonathan Martinez

    I put a new account with a card and just keeps telling me to add a card for $25 even though i added one already.

    • eleazar

      Having the same issue here. Would love to do this so my wife can buy some tablet apps too :(

  • FrillArtist

    Great job on broadcasting it to the whole world. This is why we can't have good things.

    • Josh Nichols

      Because you would have known otherwise?

  • mduran1023

    The free money is good, but I'm more excited about the prospect of having credits applied to our Google Wallet accounts.

    In a way, this would mean that Google would be able to start selling Google Play gift cards the same way Apple and Amazon do.

  • Ben Nolen

    Must be fixed. I just tried it and it didn't work. No prompt for the credit on my other Google account after a full wipe and reload.

  • andddlay

    I kinda wanna do it, but I feel like its not really "the right thing to do "...

  • http://pallensplace.blogspot.com/ Paul Allen

    I plan to use this feature legitimately as my wife and I will be sharing our tablet and we will each have our own apps we would like to use for our own account usage.

  • Sbevy

    Sweet, I logged into the one I bought my other half for her birthday (in 2 weeks, I couldn't wait to see it working) and I received the £15 which wasn't meant to happen. So hopefully when she logs on (I factory reset it so she wouldn't know I had tried it) it will give her the £15! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001482286220 Karan Ocs

    Can Some Nexus 7 Owners make a account for me!?!?!?
    Is it for nexus or i can use it for any phone!?!
    Please i need one!

    • UniBroW

      if you want to pirate apps that badly, there are websites that cater to your kind.

    • UniBroW

      if you want to pirate apps that badly, there are websites that cater to your kind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexslx Alexandre Leites

    it's not possible to fake Nexus ID and win the credit with another devices?

    • Anonymous

      Unless you use a program to produce a unique UDID which SwitchMe does when creating a new profile.

  • Anonymous

    Will now that's it out might as well share with you my perfect setup. App is called switch me. No need to reset just buy the full app for a couple of bucks and make another profile or three. I hate to put it out there but I've raised about 200 so far. Just need to have a valid gmail and that's it. Can't help but say the cat is out the bag. Its been publicly announced let's see how fast Google patches this.

  • KreeTerry

    Does this work if the accounts are linked to the same card? Between my wife and i we have 4 accounts but 3 of those are linked to my card.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1746542382 Roman Ševčík

    can i buy this tablet in any europe online shop? thanks

  • JustMissedIt

    looks like (Google) they fixed this...

  • Sootie

    Same thing with a new xbox though you get a free month live with every new account you setup on the box (I think there might be a limit of 5 or something on that though)

  • Ashish

    Sorry, to revive a old article. I was planning on picking up a used Nexus 7. Can anyone confirm if the Play Store credit is only valid one time per tablet?