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Add developer account users & manage permissions

There are two different access levels on the Google Play Developer Console: "Account owner" and "Users."

Access levels

Type Description
Account owner
  • First account registered on the Developer Console
  • Has full access to the Developer Console
  • Can add users, manage individual permissions, and remove user access
  • Is the only person who can have a linked Google Payments Merchant account to sell paid apps
  • Can review changes made to the Developer Console using their Activity log
User
  • Can have different levels of access to the Developer Console
  • Can be given access to all or specific apps
  • Can't invite new users or edit user permissions
  • Doesn't need to pay the $25 registration fee

Add users & turn permissions on or off

If you're an account owner, you can add users to your Developer Console account and manage permissions across all apps or for specific apps.

  1. Sign in to your Google Play Developer Console.
  2. Click Settings Settings > User accounts & rights.
    • To add a new user, select Invite new user and follow the on-screen instructions.
    • To update permissions for an existing user, hover over their email address and select the pencil icon Pencil icon.
  3. Use the "Role" drop-down to choose a pre-defined role or use the checkboxes for individual permissions.
  4. Choose whether each permission applies to all apps in your developer account ("Global") or specific apps.
    • To add an app to the permissions table, use the "Add an app" drop-down Drop-down arrow.
    • To see details for each permission, review the permission definitions table.
  5. Click Send Invitation.

Note: If you don't choose an access expiration date, the user will have ongoing access to the Developer Console account.

Manage permissions

Definitions of individual permissions & rights
Permission Rights Tips for account owners
Visibility
  • View information for a specific app or all apps (read-only access)
For a user to view information in the Reports section of the console Reports, the Visibility permission needs to be set to "Global."
Create & edit draft apps
  • Create new apps in draft and edit existing drafts
  • Users can't publish applications to production
For a user to create draft apps, here's how you need to set up permissions:
  • Visibility: Set to "Global"
  • Create & edit draft apps: Set to "Global"
Edit store listing, pricing & distribution
  • Edit Store Listing information, including text and images for a published production app
  • Edit pricing and distribution and in-app products for a published production app
  • Edit "What's New"
  • Create and edit promotions
Manage Production APKs
  • Publish and make any changes to APKs that are in production - including editing APK Expansion Files, configuring a staged rollout, changing the list of blacklisted devices, unpublishing an app, uploading and managing draft APKs in production
Manage Alpha & Beta APKs
  • Make changes to APKs that are in alpha, beta, or draft status
  • Upload draft APKs
  • Manage APKs in alpha or beta
  • Manage APK Expansion files
  • Unpublish an app that has only been published in alpha or beta
Manage Alpha & Beta users
  • Edit the set of groups and communities that have access to an app in alpha or beta
View financial information
  • View financial reports, sales reports and the link to the Payments Merchant Center
  • View buyer metrics on User Acquisition pages
For a user to view information in the Reports section of the console Reports, here's how you need to set up permissions:
  • Visibility: Set to "Global"
  • View financial information: Set to "Global"
Reply to reviews
  • Respond to user reviews on the Google Play store (reviews are still visible without this permission)
Edit games
  • Edit all information for Google Play Game Services
Publish games
  • Publish a new game, or unpublish and republish existing games with Google Play game services
View AdWords campaigns
  • View AdWords campaign and user acquisition data
Create AdWords campaigns
  • Create AdWords campaigns directly from the Google Play Developer Console. Before users can create an AdWords campaign, the account owner needs to create the first campaign.

The following permissions are only available for developer accounts with Private Channel apps:

Permission Rights
Create apps restricted to domain
  • Create an app that is restricted to the Google Play Private Channel
Change distribution restriction
  • Restrict a publicly visible app to the Google Play Private Channel or make a restricted app visible publicly
  • Can be given access to all or specific applications
  • Can't invite new users, edit user permissions, or pay the developer account signup fee for the account owner
Sent invitations

After you send an invitation, the user's email address will be listed under "Pending invitations" until they click the confirmation link in their email invitation. If the user's access has an access expiration date, it will be included in their invitation. When the user accepts the invitation, the account owner will be sent a confirmation email. The user will need to sign in to the Developer Console using an existing Google Account or create a new account.

Note: If a user signs into the Developer Console using an email address different than the email address where the invitation was sent, the account owner will need to authorize the new account.

Update account expiration dates

If you're the account owner, here's how you can update a user's access expiration date:

  1. Sign in to your Google Play Developer Console.
  2. Click Settings Settings > User accounts & rights.
  3. Next to an expired account, click the gear icon Settings.
  4. Select Change expiration date.
  5. Choose a new access expiration date.
  6. Click Update.
Remove users
  1. Sign in to your Google Play Developer Console.
  2. Click Settings Settings > User accounts & rights.
  3. Near the right side of a row, click the gear icon Settings.
  4. Select Remove user from console.
Error 403

If you receive "Error 403" within the Developer Console, ask your account owner to grant you permissions for that app.

Add permissions for integrated features

Add user permissions for Google Play Games Services

When you create a new Google Play Games Services project on the Google Play Developer Console, existing users with "Edit games" or "Publish games" permissions automatically have permissions to access Google Play Games Services features on the app using the Developer Console.

After a Google Play Games Services project has been created, if you add a new user to your Google Play Developer Console or extend an existing user's Developer Console rights to include "Edit games" or "Publish games," you'll need to add the user to your Google Developers Console as well.

Here's how you can add a user to your project on the Google Developers Console:

  1. Sign in to your Google Developers Console.
  2. Select a project.
  3. On the left menu, click Permissions.
  4. Near the top of your screen, click Add Member.
  5. Type the email address of the user you added to your Google Play Developer Console.
  6. Choose a permission level.
  7. Click Add.
Add user permissions for Google Payments Merchant Center

For another user to have access to your reports on your Google Payments Merchant Center, you need to add the user on your Google Payments Merchant Center settings.

After you've added a user to your Google Play Developer Console, here's how you can add them to your Google Payments Merchant Center:

  1. Sign in to your Google Payments Merchant Center.
  2. On the left menu, click Merchant settings > User management.
  3. Type the email address of the user you added to your Google Play Developer Console.
  4. Choose a role type.
  5. Click Save.
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