Upcoming Android and Google Play Deadlines

Our platform and policies are constantly evolving to improve the user experience and to create a safer ecosystem. Use this page to get the latest on required changes and find additional information. Thanks for keeping your apps and games up to date.


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We recently announced an update to our Google Play Policies. Any new apps or app updates published after April 16, 2020 will immediately be subject to the latest version of these policies. Apps available on Google Play as of April 16, 2020 will have until May 16, 2020 to comply, or else will be removed.

The new subscription policy ensures that users understand your subscription offer, the terms of any free trials or introductory offers, and how to manage or cancel their subscriptions. Developers have until June 16, 2020 to make the appropriate changes to their offer pages.

In February 2020, we announced that developers would be required to get approval to access background location. Later this year, we will start reviewing apps that request access to location in the background. When this starts, we will notify developers through the Google Play Console. Three months after we start the review process, all new apps submitted to Google Play that access location in the background will need to be approved before they can go live. Six months after, all existing apps that access location in the background will need approval or be removed from Google Play.

As of August 1, 2019, apps and games published on Google Play must support 64-bit ABIs for their corresponding 32-bit architectures. Apps and games that use a Corona Labs SDK or Adobe Air software and the AIR SDK have until August 1, 2020. Games built with Unity 5.6.7 and lower have until August 1, 2021.

When you upload an APK, it needs to meet Google Play’s target API level requirements. By August 3, 2020, new apps must target at least Android 10 (API level 29). By November 2, 2020, all apps that are being updated must target at least Android 10 (API level 29). Until these dates, new apps and app updates must target at least Android 9 (API level 28).

Starting May 1, 2021, Google Play Billing Library 2.0 will be required for all new apps and app updates that use Play Billing.

Update your apps for Android 10, with stronger protections for user privacy, new ways to engage users, extended support for foldables, Vulkan extensions, and more.

Past deadlines

Developers who rely on the install referrer intent broadcast to track their app installs must switch to the Play Install Referrer API by March 1, 2020. Note that in many cases, the intent is used by third-party SDKs that provide analytics and track marketing campaign performance (such as AppsFlyer and Kochava). In these cases, developers don't need to take any action, as these partners already support the new Play Install Referrer API.

In April 2020, the FirebaseJobDispatcher library will be archived and we will no longer provide support for issues filed on the library. The GCMNetworkManager library is no longer receiving any new features, and starting in November 2020, we will no longer provide support for issues relating to the library. Once your app updates the target API level (targetSdkVersion) to API level 30 or higher, FirebaseJobDispatcher and GcmNetworkManager API calls will no longer work on devices running Android Marshmallow (6.0) and above.