Providing a safe and trusted experience for everyone

Our policies are designed to deliver your apps and games safely to billions of people worldwide. Explore this page for information on our policies, read the Developer Distribution Agreement, and find educational resources to get started.

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Explore our policies and resources below

Impersonation

When developers impersonate others or their apps, it misleads users and hurts the developer community. We prohibit apps that mislead users by impersonating someone else.

Intellectual Property

When developers copy someone else's work or deceive users, it hurts users and the developer community. Don't rely on misleading or unfair use of other people's work.

Privacy, Deception and Device Abuse

We're committed to protecting user privacy and providing a safe and secure environment for our users. Apps that are deceptive, malicious, or intended to abuse or misuse any network, device, or personal data are strictly prohibited.

Monetization and Ads

Google Play supports a variety of monetization strategies to benefit developers and users, including paid distribution, in-app products, subscriptions, and ad-based models. To ensure the best user experience, we require you to comply with these policies.

Ads

Store Listing and Promotion

The promotion and visibility of your app dramatically affects store quality. Avoid spammy store listings, low quality promotion, and efforts to artificially boost app visibility on Google Play.

Spam and Minimum Functionality

At a minimum, apps should provide users with a basic degree of functionality and a respectful user experience. Apps that crash, exhibit other behavior that is not consistent with a functional user experience are not allowed on Google Play.

Malware

Malware is any code that could put a user, a user's data, or a device at risk. Because Malware is potentially harmful to users, apps containing Malware are strictly prohibited from Google Play.

Mobile Unwanted Software (MUwS)

Apps that violate Mobile Unwanted Software principles are potentially harmful to the user experience, and we will take steps to protect users from harmful software.

Families

Before submitting an app that targets children to the Google Play Store, you are responsible for ensuring your app is appropriate for children and compliant with all relevant laws.

Other Programs

In addition to compliance with the content policies set out elsewhere in this Policy Center, apps that are designed for other Android experiences and distributed via Google Play may also be subject to program-specific policy requirements. Be sure to review the list below to determine if any of these policies apply to your app.

Enforcement

Learn more about how our policies apply, how we enforce our policies, and how you can manage policy violations.

Latest Information

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Recent Policy Updates

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

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Google Play PolicyBytes - September 2020 Update

Google Play Billing is required for all developers who charge for digital content in their app distributed by Google Play.

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Listening to Developer Feedback to Improve Google Play

We posted a blog that addressed some of the most common themes we hear in feedback from developers.

Resources