How to choose a truly free smartphone game

Wherever and whenever you want to play, mobile games are there for you. You can occupy yourself on the subway or while waiting in line at the doctor’s office by battling in Fortnite or PUBG, or you can spend your lunch break gathering resources in Clash of Clans. What’s more, many developers provide such entertainment free.

Indeed, you’ll find many free-to-play mobile games in your app store, although among the greats lurk plenty that are more annoying than fun, filling your screen with ads, recommending payment every step of the way, even in some cases not appearing to do anything at all (while downloading a bunch of useless or outright malicious apps).

In this post, we will tell you how you can find free entertainment for iOS and Android systems — without courting unnecessary aggravation or risking picking up something unpleasant on your smartphone.

Check if there is in fact a mobile version of the game at all

Been looking forward to the mobile version of your favorite online shooter? Be careful. It is not uncommon for scammers to promote malware made to look like well-known games, especially if rumors on the Web suggest the release of an Android or iOS version is imminent.

That is exactly what happened last year with the Android version of Apex Legends, and in 2018 fans of another battle royale game, Fortnite, were targeted. In both cases, while users were eagerly anticipating a port of their favorite shooter to mobile devices, some criminals rode the wave of excitement.

The cybercriminals really went to town, creating websites where they posted a Trojan that appeared to be a mobile version of the game, and then publishing videos on YouTube with instructions for installing and launching the game. The videos told users how to download a couple of partner apps (which were the handiwork of the criminals), after which they said the game would launch successfully. Links to fraudulent resources and videos garnered the top search engine results for such queries as “Apex Legends Android,” perpetuating the scam.

To steer clear of such tricks, begin any game downloads with a visit to the official developer website. There you will not only be able to check the release information for mobile platforms, but also locate download links from Google Play and the App Store if the app has already been published on the store.

Download games only from official sources

Malware masquerades are not restricted to AAA titles that have not yet been released. The Internet is full of sites where scammers distribute fake apps that appear to be games long available for mobile devices. Therefore, just as with other apps, you should download games only from official stores such as Google Play and the App Store.

Of course, developers can’t always reach an agreement with Google or Apple, in which case they may publish app installation files on their own resources. For example, before April of this year, most users could download the Android version of Fortnite directly from Epic Games but not from Google Play. Recently, the game was again removed from Google’s store because the creators embedded their own payment system in it.

If for some reason the game you want is not available in the official app store, you should download it from the

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