How to get the best Black Friday deals on your Android phone

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 26 Nov 2015

Another Black Friday is here, this time you’ll swear there’s no chance you’ll sucked into the craze. Before you know it, you’re shivering in the cold on the day after Thanksgiving waiting for the electronics store to open. 

Enough with the denial. No matter your philosophical objection to the chase-after-the-bargains madness, there are usually deals that might line up with your holiday wish list. 

So get your phone ready, because with the right apps services, you just might make it out alive. If nothing else, maybe this will give you something to do while you tune out Uncle Bobby’s rant about how esident Chester A. Arthur shouldn’t have taken office because he was really a Canadian.

Maps search can help you survive

is again going all-out on the shopping front this year, with some tweaks to its existing services that should make it a great ally in your battle through the crowds clutter of online deals..

Maps now displays updated holiday hours for many retailers, so you’ll know exactly when they open close on Black Friday, Thanksgiving, tmas Eve.

black friday hours

If the stores are diverting from their usual hours, Maps will probably know about it.

If your hs are full then ’s voice comms are tremendously helpful. There are a lot of shopping-friendly answers to questions like, “what time does Target close today?”

what time does target close

st ask to find out the hours of nearby stores.

Now is another essential companion when Black Friday shopping: when you enter Target, l-Mart, or other outlets you’ll see a card that gives you the hours a link to current promotions, the store website, other details. 

google now shopping tools

Now is a great tool to help you navigate the craziness of holiday shopping.

th malls shopping centers, you can quickly search for a list of stores services from the Now card. Another potential lifesaver: Now will remember where you parked. It’s not accurate down to the stall in all cases, but it can give you a general idea of where your car is at.

Make the deals come to you

Several services are designed to send offers your way. That’s of course good bad, depending on how much you want your phone to bug you with alleged deals.

One app with a pretty good approach is SnipSnap. The app is essentially a coupon social network, where other users of the app can share deals. You’re then able to “snip” them to your own account redeem them at a brick–mortar location or an online store. As you can imagine, the activity has been pretty rampant in the days leading up to Black Friday. 


SnipSnap can serve as your all-in-one coupon center.

Better yet, SnipSnap will ping you with the savings you’ve picked out when you head to that specific store. 

is also getting in on the act: I recently found some search terms will lead to an option to get text alerts about the particular product I was searching for.

google subscribe

has some new service that sends you text alerts about certain categories of products.

It’s a new feature, so I can’t say for sure how useful it will be or if the offers will be genuine discounts. It’s worth trying though, as has some pretty big shopping ambitions.

Black Friday apps pull together all the deals

As much as tries, it can’t do it all. There’s another batch of apps you should check out that specify in Black Friday. One is named, well, Black Friday. It shrinks down all the content from the website, with numerous leaks of all the forthcoming ads.

black friday apps

(to R) Black Friday, TGI Black Friday,’s app will ensure you don’t miss any of the deals. 

Two other solid selections are TGI Black Friday Black Friday 2015. Both apps contain more deals than you can possibly need, as you’ll find them constantly updated with the latest information. They’re a good place to go if you want to try skim what’s up with the latest sales offers.

Most of these deals are for offers that will require you to actually leave the house. So check them out ahead of time to find out if there’s something out there you want to go for.

Don’t forget about retailers’ official apps

If you’re planning to brave the crowds on Black Friday or into the weekend, it’s usually a good idea to grab the official app for the stores you’re planning to head towards. The big outlets usually throw in deals that can be redeemed only with their respective application.

For example, Target’s Cartwheel lists all the current specials, spits out a bar code for the clerk to scan when you check out. The app also has a 3-D model of each store, which makes it much easier to track down those hard-to-find sections.

retailer apps

(to R) Target’s Cartwheel, l-Mart, Best Buy apps give you extra tools for a better in-store experience.

so, with the Best Buy app you can scan bar codes of products get more details about them. The app is also regularly updated with ongoing specials, which can be helpful on a day like Black Friday.

l-Mart has a tool in its app called the Savings Catcher, which compares the company’s price with those from other stores. You’ll eventually get pinged that the app found a lower price elsewhere, so you’ll get a rebate that you can later redeem as a gift card.

If you want to stay home, you can’t go wrong with Amazon, which is promising a great number of deals this year on its own hardware other goods.

More than ever, the right apps empower you to make your shopping more focused to just the stores you want to hit or allow you to skip the mall shop online. Instead of a packed store, hang out enjoy the leftovers from the amazing feast you just pulled off.