Answering your FAQs about Google Play billing

Posted by Mrinalini Loew, Group Product Manager

We are devoted to supplying effective tools and services to assist designers develop and grow their organizations while guaranteeing a safe, smooth and safe experience for users. Today we are attending to a few of the most typical styles we hear in feedback from designers. Below are a couple of often asked designer concerns that we believed would likewise be handy to deal with.

Q: Can I disperse my app by means of other Android app shops or through my site?

A: Yes, you can disperse your app nevertheless you like! As an open environment, a lot of Android gadgets come preinstalled with more than one shop – and users can set up others. Android supplies designers the flexibility and versatility to disperse apps through other Android app shops, straight through sites, or gadget preloads, all without utilizing Google Play’’ s billing system.

Q: What apps requirement to utilize Google Play’s billing system?

A: All apps dispersed on Google Play that are providing in-app purchases of digital products require to utilize Google Play’’ s billing system. Our payments policy has actually constantly needed this. Less than 3% of designers with apps on Play offered digital items over the last 12 months, and of this 3%, the large bulk (almost 97%) currently utilize Google Play’s billing. For those couple of designers that require to upgrade their apps, they will have till September 30, 2021 to make those modifications. New apps sent after January 20, 2021 will require to be in compliance.

Q: Many services require to move their formerly physical services online (e.g. digital live occasions). Will these apps require to utilize Google Play’’ s billing?

A: We acknowledge that the worldwide pandemic has actually led to numerous services needing to browse the obstacles of moving their physical organization to appealing and digital consumers in a brand-new method, for instance, moving in-person experiences and classes online. For the next 12 months, these services will not require to abide by our payments policy, and we will continue to reassess the circumstance over the next year. For designers going through these modifications, we’re excited to speak with you and deal with you to assist you reach brand-new users and grow your online companies, while making it possible for a safe and constant user experience online.

Q: Do Google’’ s apps need to follow this policy too?

A: Yes. Google Play’’ s designer policies- consisting of the requirement that apps usage Google Play’’ s billing system for in-app purchases of digital products – use to all apps on Play, consisting of Google’’ s own apps.

Q: Can I interact with my users about alternate methods to pay?

A: Yes. Beyond your app you are totally free to interact with them about alternative purchase alternatives. You can utilize e-mail marketing and other channels beyond the app to supply membership deals and even unique rates.

Q: Can I interact with my users about promos on other platforms?

A: Of course. We’re an app designer too, and we understand how crucial it is not to limit your capability to interact with your users. You can email them or otherwise interact beyond the app details about your offerings, even if they are various on Google Play than in other locations.

Q: Can I have various app functions, rates and experience depending upon the platform?

A: Yes. It is your service and organization, it depends on you. We do not need parity throughout platforms. You can develop various variations of your app to support various platforms, functions and rates designs.

Q: Can I use a consumption-only (reader) app on Play?

A: Yes. Google Play enables any app to be consumption-only, even if it belongs to a paid service. A user might login when the app opens and the user might access content paid for someplace else.

Q: Does your billing policy modification depending upon what classification my app remains in?

A: No. Service or customer apps, and verticals like music or e-mail are all dealt with the exact same on Google Play.

Q: Can I use my consumers refunds straight?

A: Yes. We comprehend the significance of preserving the relationship with your clients. You can continue to release refunds to your clients and other consumer assistance straight.

Q: Will Google Play permit cloud video gaming apps?

A: Yes. Cloud video game streaming apps that adhere to Play’’ s policies from any designer are welcome on Google Play.

For more examples and finest practices for in-app purchases, go to this Play Academy course and view this video