Enroll your app in alternative billing

These settings are only applicable after you have migrated using the alternative billing APIs. If you are not ready to integrate with the alternative billing APIs, continue to make changes to your enrollment status through the enrollment form instead of through Play Console.

As our alternative billing options continue to expand and evolve, we've begun offering developers several programs to enable an alternative billing system for users. As part of the onboarding process, you must enroll your app via Play Console. This involves identifying the apps, eligible countries/regions in which you will be offering alternative billing and the type of program you want to use.

Overview

You can manage which apps are enrolled and opted in to use alternative billing options and select from available programs per app per eligible market on the Alternative billing page (Setup > Alternative billing) in Play Console.

Learn more about alternative billing options on Google Play.

Enroll your app

To enroll your app, you must first complete the required alternative billing onboarding steps as outlined within each corresponding program.

Before you start:

  • Carefully read this article to ensure you have a thorough understanding of our user choice billing programs.
  • Before selling subscriptions through alternative billing options, ensure your contact details are up-to-date for each app.
  • Some reporting metrics are only available for Google Play's billing system transactions. We may be unable to provide certain features and metrics using data from alternative billing options.

To enroll your app:

  1. Open Play Console and go to the Alternative billing page (Setup > Alternative billing).
  2. Find the app you want to enroll and click Manage in the table. This opens the Monetization setup page for that app.
  3. Scroll down to the "Alternative billing" section and click Add alternative billing option.
  4. Select a billing option:
    • User choice billing: Select this option to offer users an alternative billing option alongside Google Play's billing system.
    • Alternative billing only: Select this option to offer stand-alone alternative billing system without also offering Google Play’s billing system.
  5. Click + Country/region to select the eligible countries/regions you want to apply this billing option in.
  6. When you've finished selecting countries/regions, click Apply.
  7. Next to "Subscription management URL," enter a subscription management link, which may be provided to users on request. Your subscription management link is where users will manage their subscription life cycle if, for example, they wanted to change their subscription settings. If you are not planning to sell subscriptions, enter "N/A."
    • Important: If you have different subscription management links per country/region, you must enroll your app to the option separately for each country.
  8. User choice billing only: In the "Payment methods banner" section, provide a banner of logos representing the payment methods supported by the alternative billing option. If you already have a banner, either click to upload or drop your file. If you don't have one, you can click Download payment methods banner template.
  9. User choice billing only: Select the "Additional payment methods" checkbox if you want to show an "and more" label after the banner image. This indicates that more than five payment methods are supported in addition to those in the banner.
  10. Click Apply.

View information and manage alternative billing settings

You can manage your alternative billing settings, including app level enrollment and profile information, on the Alternative billing page (Setup > Alternative billing).

Click on a section below to expand or collapse it.

View regional alternative billing invoice information

To view regional alternative billing invoice details:

  1. Open Play Console and go to the Alternative billing page (Setup > Alternative billing).
  2. You can select a tab to view the payments information associated with it, such as your amount due, transactions, invoices and documents, and settings.

Manage alternative billing settings

To manage your alternative billing settings:

  1. Open Play Console and go to the Alternative billing page (Setup > Alternative billing).
  2. Find the app you want to enroll and click Manage in the table. This opens the Monetization setup page for that app.
  3. Select a billing option:
    • User choice billing: Select this option to offer users an alternative billing option alongside Google Play's billing system.
    • Alternative billing only: Select this option to offer alternative billing without user choice instead of Google Play's billing system.
    • Not on Alternative billing: Select this option to either go back to Google Play Billing or to stop monetizing your app in these particular countries.
  4. Click + Country/region to select the eligible countries/regions you want to update this billing option in.
  5. When you've finished selecting countries/regions, click Apply.
  6. Next to "Subscription management URL", update your subscription management link if necessary, which may be provided to users on request. If you are not planning to sell subscriptions, enter "N/A".
    • Important: If you have different subscription management links per country/region, you must enroll your app to the option separately for each country.
  7. User choice billing only: In the "Payment methods banner" section, provide an updated banner of logos representing the payment methods supported by the alternative billing option if necessary.
  8. User choice billing only: Select the "Additional payment methods" checkbox if you want to show an "and more" label after the banner image. This indicates that more payment methods are supported in addition to those in the banner.
  9. Click Apply.

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