iPhone / iPad / iPod
Our iOS software is sold primarily through in-app purchases; download our free basic app from the App Store, run it, tap on the menu button at the bottom right corner of the screen, tap on “Add-ons,” and tap on the price button next to the item or bundle that you want to purchase. This is totally anonymous – only Apple knows who you are, we won’t even know your name or email address unless you contact us or register your purchase on our website.
We’ve also now started selling dictionary add-ons through our website store; due to Apple policies we are not allowed to sell any “features” or bundles here, though, only books.
Our Android software is available from three different sources:
Pleco Store – buy directly on our website; supports credit cards (Visa/MC/AmEx) and PayPal. Works in any version of Pleco, regardless of what country you’re in or where you originally downloaded our app from – you can download Pleco on pretty much any Android device by typing pleco.com/getandroid in its built-in web browser.
If you think you might want to switch to iOS in the future, we strongly recommend buying through our website instead of Google Play; Apple won’t let us transfer Android purchases to iOS directly, we have to refund you for your Android purchase after you buy on iOS, and it’s much easier for us to do that if you buy through us. (we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to do that at all with Google Play – their policies could change at any time – but we do promise that we’ll do it for purchases made from our store if you contact us within one year of your purchase)
Also, if you buy from our store, all of your purchase price goes to Pleco and our licensors (Google and Amazon each take a 30% commission, though in Google’s case most of that usually goes to the device manufacturer or your cell carrier).
Google Play – download our app from there and purchase add-ons from the in-app “Add-ons” screen. Convenient – charges your Google Wallet account – but generally does not work correctly if you’re located in China, as Google Play doesn’t support in-app purchases there – this can also complicate restoring in-app purchases if you end up in China in the future.
Amazon AppStore – download our app from there and purchase add-ons from the in-app “Add-ons” screen. Very convenient if you own an Amazon Kindle, also useful if you have an Amazon credit or gift card you want to use or if you’d generally rather do business with Amazon than with Google. This is also the most anonymous option, since it’s the only way you can buy our Android software without Pleco having access to your name, email, and billing address.