Updates and Other Resources

Check here for updates and changes to the Developer Program Policies as well as resources and additional requirements for special programs.

Updates

October 2018: Various updates as outlined below:

  • We've clarified our Malicious Behavior policy prohibiting surveillance and commercial spyware apps.
  • We've clarified our Design for Families program requirements and Primarily Child-Directed Declaration guidelines to prohibit misrepresentation of the participating apps and their target age group.
  • We've updated our User Data and Permissions policies for more clarity and coverage; including to restrict Call Log and SMS permission usage.
  • We are also removing user information available on the Contacts Provider; to learn more click here.
  • We've updated our Enforcement section to explain the extent of our policy coverage, including the actions that we may take on apps that violate our policies.

July 2018: Various updates as outlined below:

  • We've clarified our Child Endangerment policy to emphasize the prohibition of adult themes in apps that appeal to children.
  • We’ve introduced a new policy that prohibits any sale of Dangerous Products, including firearms, explosives, etc. Our Violence policy has also been updated accordingly.
  • We've introduced a new policy on Cryptocurrency mining in our Financial Instruments section.
  • We've clarified our Spam policies to explicitly prohibit repetitive content on our platform. We also don’t allow apps whose primary purpose is to serve ads.
  • We've introduced a new policy on misrepresentation in our Privacy, Security, and Deception policy section.

April 2018: Various updates as outlined below:

November 2017: Various updates as outlined below:

October 2017: Various updates as outlined below:

  • We’ve more clearly defined the geographical restrictions for our gambling policy.
  • We’ve provided clarity on baseline functionality that must be present for apps on Google Play.
  • We’ve identified certain guide app behavior that will preclude publication on Google Play.
  • We’ve taken additional steps to protect users by limiting how and when developers can make permission requests.

August 2017: Various updates as outlined below:

  • We’ve introduced new policies on gambling apps, which are currently permitted only in the UK, Ireland, and France.
  • We’ve clarified our User Data policy to provide detailed guidance on prominent disclosure.
  • We’re now hosting Android Instant Apps policies in a new category dedicated to other Android programs.
  • We’re now hosting content rating guidelines under our Store Listing and Promotion category.

June 2017: Various updates as outlined below:

  • We have introduced new guidelines on data protection as required by the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.

May 2017: Various updates as outlined below:

April 2017: Various updates as outlined below:

  • We’ve clarified the program requirements for Designed for Families and added eligibility criteria for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality apps.
  • We’ve introduced a Child-Directed Declaration policy that requires developers to declare whether their app is primarily child-directed in the Play Console.

October 2016: Updated the example section in the Metadata policy for clarity.

July 2016: Various updates as outlined below:

  • Addition of a Google Play Families Program Policy tile to the Policy Center.
  • We’ve clarified our Privacy and Security policies to help developers better determine when privacy disclosure is required, and where such disclosure should be available to users.
  • We've updated our Restricted Content policies to further clarify our stance on sexually explicit services.
  • We’ve updated our gambling ad policies to share the requirements a developer must adhere to when displaying gambling ads in Play.
  • We’re introducing a User Generated Content policy that outlines minimum safety feature requirements.
  • We’ve added examples to both the Deceptive Behavior and Violence policies, to clarify disallowed behavior or content.

May 2016: Updated the Payments section with information about Android Pay.

March 2016: Various updates as outlined below:

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