The coronavirus outbreak is affecting all of our lives in one way or another. The biggest effect is that many people are now working from home or just stuck at home to stop the spread of the virus. Thankfully, many companies have been offering free access to games and apps to help keep you productive and entertained in these strange times.
Here’s a quick look at some of our favorite apps and games that are temporarily free during the coronavirus quarantine. We will update this post when and if more apps and services become available. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for more apps and games that are temporarily discounted (but not free).
Free apps and software
From meditation apps to services that assist with remote work, here are our favorite apps and services that are temporarily free during the coronavirus quarantine.
- Headspace — The popular meditation and relaxation app released a free “weathering the storm” program and is offering Headspace Plus for free to healthcare professionals.
- AnyMeeting — Intermedia’s video conferencing and webinar service is free for all businesses until the end of the year to support remote workers.
- Centr – You can try out this mobile fitness service, founded by Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, for free for six weeks.
- Cisco Webex — Cisco’s premier business conferencing software is expanding its free plan for all businesses for the next 90 days.
- Discord — The popular game-themed chat software service is expanding its Go Live streaming and screen share limit from 10 to 50 people for the next few months.
- Final Cut Pro X – Apple has expanded the free trial period for its professional video editing software from 30 days to 90 days.
- Fitbit — The fitness wearable company is offering new users 90 days of Fitbit Premium for free. It normally costs $9.99 a month.
- Google Hangouts Meet — G suite users can now access premium Google Hangout Meet features, including larger audiences and the ability to save streams, until July 1.
- Microsoft Teams — Microsoft is offering free access to the paid tier of its business messaging app and software for six months. It normally costs $5 a month.
- Nikon School – From now until April 30, Nikon is offering its online photography classes for free. Each class is normally priced at between $10 to $50.
- Reaper — This digital audio workstation software normally costs as much as $225 to license. However, the developer is offering a free license for all until June 30.
- Peloton — Looking for ways to stay in shape while stuck at home? Peloton is offering access to its boutique home fitness programs for 90 days.
- Tripit Pro — This online travel service usually costs $49 a year, but you can get it for free for the next six months if you sign up before April 14.
- Tinder Passport — Passport is a paid Tinder feature that lets connect with other singles across the world instead of just your local area. It’s available for free until April 30.
Temporarily free games
Games are one of the best ways to pass the time while stuck at home, and a bunch of developers have made their games temporarily free during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are our favorites:
- Infinity Dungeon — Check out this fantasy-themed roleplaying game for free
- The House — This is a first-person horror game that’s currently free to download
- Peppa Pig: Theme Park — This arcade-themed game is based on the popular kids TV show
- Beast Towers TD — Download this fantasy tower defense game for free
Other deals and discounts
In addition to the free apps and games listed above, plenty of other companies are offering special deals for those stranded at home during the quarantine. Here’s a small selection:
- Mint Mobile is offering unlimited data to new and existing customers. Find more details here.
- GoG.com has a selection of free and free-to-play games to download.
- If you sign up for the Epic Game Store, you can grab at least two free games a week.
- Gameloft is offering free unlocks for 35 of its games, including Asphalt 9, LEGO Legacy, and more.
- Several of Big Fish Games’ point-and-click hidden-object puzzle-adventure games for Windows and Mac are currently free.
If you have always wanted to get your hands on some premium mobile games, there’s currently a wide variety of great titles available at a heavy discount. Here are a few of our favorites:
- 10000000 — $0.99 (was $2.99)
- Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise — $2.99 (was $6.99)
- Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition — $4.99 (was $9.99)
- Death Road to Canada — $0.99 (was $9.99)
- Minit — $0.99 (was $4.99)
- Reigns: Game of Thrones — $1.99 (was $3.99)
- The Swords of Ditto — $1.99 (was $5.99)
- This War of Mine — $1.99 (was $13.99)
- Thumper: Pocket Edition — $1.99 (was $4.99)
That’s it for our list of free and discounted apps and games to fill up your time during the coronavirus quarantine. Did we miss any other great offers? Let us know in the comments below!