Our platform and policies constantly evolve to improve the user experience and create a safer ecosystem. This page is updated with the latest information about these policies, including any changes you may be required to make. Thanks for keeping your apps and games up to date.

We’ve shared more details to help developers get prepared for the upcoming Data safety section. This feature is a simple way for you to showcase your app’s privacy and security practices, as well as explain what data may be collected and why.
Our updated Play Payments Policy takes effect for existing apps on September 30, 2021. Developers who need more time can request a 6-month extension.
We’re updating Google Play policies related to target API level requirements, Request Install Permission, and User Generated Content policies. We’re also clarifying a few other policies. Compliance deadlines start May 11. Some policies may have longer grace periods.
After August 2021, all new apps and games will be required to publish with the Android App Bundle format. New apps and games must use Play Asset Delivery or Play Feature Delivery to deliver assets or features that exceed a download size of 150MB. Private enterprise apps are not subject to this requirement.

Past deadlines

When you upload an app bundle or APK, it needs to meet Google Play’s target API level requirements. By August 2021, new apps must target at least Android 11 (API level 30). By November 2021, all apps that are being updated must target at least Android 11 (API level 30). Until then, new apps and app updates must target at least Android 10 (API level 29). Wear OS apps are not subject to these new requirements.
Starting August 2, 2021, all new apps using Play Billing must use Billing Library version 3 or newer. By November 1, 2021, all updates to existing apps using Play Billing must use Billing Library version 3 or newer.
Starting November 1, 2020, all apps that use in-app subscriptions must support Account Hold and Restore. At the same time, all subscriptions will be automatically opted into Pause and Resubscribe unless these features are proactively turned off in Google Play Console.