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McDonald’s App: 5 Things to Know About Free Food



The new McDonald’s app offers free food and deals that will help you eat cheaper at your favorite McDonald’s.

The free McDonald’s app only asks for your location and an email address to hook you up with a free McDonald’s sandwich, other deals and rewards for buying McCafe drinks.

Users are searching on the App Store for the McDonald’s app now that the new free food offers are available across the nation.

Here’s what you need to know about the new McDonald’s app and how you can use it to get free food without any work at all.

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What is the McDonald’s App?

The McDonald's app offers a punchcard, free food, coupons and nutritional information.

The McDonald’s app offers a punchcard, free food, coupons and nutritional information.

The McDonald’s app is a free app for iPhone and Android that allows users to get free food, deals and rewards. It also can help users find the closest McDonald’s location and set favorites.

The food section of the app allows users to look up the nutrition information for McDonald’s food easily. Believe it or not McDonald’s is compatible with the best weight loss apps and strategies if you eat it in moderation.

Download the free McDonald’s app for iPhone or Android.

What Free Food Does the McDonald’s App Offer?

You can get a variety of free food with the McDonald's app.

You can get a variety of free food with the McDonald’s app.

If you download the McDonald’s app and sign up for the first time you will get a free sandwich as a welcome gift.

This welcome gift will take a few minutes to appear on your phone, so make sure you register before you line up in the store.

There are also Buy 5 get 1 free rewards for McCafe drinks and a collection of deals that you will see in the app.

Additional McDonald’s app deals vary by location and include Buy One Get one Free offers on specific sandwiches and free hash browns.

How Do You Use Free McDonald’s App Offers?

Show the McDonald's App to get free food.

Show the McDonald’s App to get free food.

You will need your iPhone or Android with you in line when you order. You do not need to print out the offer to use it. You can use this in the drive through or in the restaurant.

When you order tap on redeem option on the offer you want to use and show the cashier the QR code on your screen. Alternately they may ask for the short code below it.

That’s all¬†there is to using the McDonald’s App to get free food.

What If I Don’t See Any Offers in the McDonald’s App?

When you first open the app you may not see any deals or free food from McDonald’s. there are a few things that could be happening here.

Not every locations supports the free food and offers in the McDonald's app.

Not every locations supports the free food and offers in the McDonald’s app.

First off you must register and choose a location to see the McDonald’s app offers on your iPhone or Android.

If you are registered and have a favorite location but still don’t see offers try choosing a different location and offers may pop up.

If that doesn’t work, tap on the hamburger in the upper right, Account -> Offer Preferences -> Make sure they are turned on.

If that fails the restaurant may not be a participating location. You can contact McDonald’s through the app to get help.

Can I Order from the McDonald’s App?

You cannot place an order in the McDonald's app.

You cannot place an order in the McDonald’s app.

While ordering food from a fast food app is growing in popularity with Taco Bell and others offering pickup options, that’s not the case with this app.

You cannot order in the McDonald’s app to save time in line or speed up the drive thru experience. You can also not use it to order McDonald’s delivery.

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  1. Rose

    03/20/2016 at 8:10 am

    NOT a FAN of this new app for McDonalds…I went to the local McD’s for my weekly coffee latte fix. I had to ask “why” Where is my rewards sticker on the outside of the cup. Only to be told must be done thru the app…need to sign up to get it on my phone. I do not do apps, AND will no longer be buying those McCafe coffees anymore. Thanks anyway, McDonalds…I may not be the only one who feels this way.

    • Jamie Hubbard

      04/24/2019 at 2:38 pm


    • Julie Hattis

      07/09/2023 at 8:19 am

      I agree. The app is worthless. It never works and the drive through never wants to except it.

  2. Debra Triplett

    04/07/2016 at 5:58 am

    I’ve found that many of the employees are not trained in using the punchcard. I’ve tried using the punchcard on 6 visits and only had it work 3 times. Always assured by a rather come fused looking employee that it scanned. Disappointed and switched to Starbucks this week. Customer Service is important to me.

  3. Lisa Harraden

    05/08/2016 at 5:57 am

    Punchcard App only worked once in four tries. So I have now bought 4 McFrappes,’ and I only have ONE punch showing. Call me when you get it fixed. Until then, I’m not wasting any more time or money at McDonalds. The one in Naples, FL is horrible. Employees like to talk to each other instead of waiting on customers standing in line. Might want to do a review of that location by Bedzel Circle. Customers should come first instead of chatting with co-workers.

  4. Wendy

    06/09/2016 at 5:17 am

    I used to buy coffee more regularly and enjoyed using the punch card on this app (and occasional freebie). For the past several weeks the app has not recognized my coffee purchase even though the cashier has scanned the app and/or put in the code. It has been stuck on “3 left” for about the last 5 or 6 purchases-have tried with meals/larger orders and by itself. How do I get it to work again?

  5. Edward Van Dyke

    07/05/2016 at 9:20 am

    I have used the punch card on my phone at least three (3) times and my punch card does not show it.

  6. Jared house

    10/03/2016 at 4:45 am

    This punchcard deal is pathetic I hate everything about it the morning crew at the McDonald’s near me everyone is the age of 50 or older that have no clue what the hell they’re doing and I bought two coffees and not one punch I am aggregated I could seriously go back and spit in their face McDonald you lost a loyal customer train your employees right this is ridiculous

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