Add Developer account users & manage permissions

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

The account owner is the first account registered on the Google Play Developer Console. Account owners can add users, manage individual permissions, and remove user access. Also, account owners can review changes made to the Developer Console using their Activity log.

Users don't need to pay the $25 Developer registration fee to access the Developer Console. Users can't pay the Developer registration fee for the account owner.

Here's a summary of how account owners and users can use the Google Play Developer Console:

Type Access
Account owner
  • Has full access to the Developer Console
  • Can invite new users, revoke a user's Developer Console access, and set individual user permissions
  • Is the only person who can have a linked Google Wallet Merchant account to sell paid apps
User
  • Can have different levels of access to the Developer Console
  • Can be given access to all or specific applications
  • Can’t invite new users or edit user permissions

Add users

Here's how account owners can add users to their Developer Console.

  1. Sign in to your Google Play Developer Console.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. On the left menu, click User accounts & rights.
  4. Near the top of the screen, click Invite New User.
  5. Type the user's email address and select permissions.
    • You can use the drop-down menu to choose a pre-defined role or select specific permissions.
    • When you add permissions, the permission applies to all apps in your Developer account.
    • If you want to restrict the user to a specific app, leave permissions unchecked. You can add app specific rights after you've sent an invitation.
  6. Click Send Invitation.

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. 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.

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 Wallet Merchant Center

For another user to have access to your reports on your Google Wallet Merchant Center, even if you've added the user with "View financial reports" permissions on your Google Play Developer Console, you need to add the user on your Google Wallet 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 Wallet Merchant Center:

  1. Sign in to your Google Wallet Merchant Center.
  2. On the left menu, click Merchant settings.
  3. Near the middle of the screen, click the User management tab.
  4. Type the email address of the user you added to your Google Play Developer Console.
  5. Choose a role type.
  6. Click Save.
Remove users
  1. Sign in to your Google Play Developer Console.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. On the left menu, click User accounts & rights.
  4. Near the right side of a row, click the Settings Gear icon.
  5. Select Remove user from console.

Manage users & add app-specific permissions

On the User accounts & rights page, you can use the "Role" drop-down to select a pre-defined role for a user or check individual boxes to turn on permissions that apply to all apps in your account.

If you don’t want a user to have the same permissions to all apps in your account, you can add app-specific permissions. Here's how:

  1. Sign in to your Google Play Developer Console.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. On the left menu, click User accounts & rights.
  4. Near the right side of a row, click the Settings Gear icon.
  5. Select Add app specific rights.
  6. Click the search box to find or select an app.
    • You can select multiple apps to add permissions for multiple apps at once.
  7. Check boxes to add permissions.
  8. Click Add rights.
    • To remove app-specific rights, click the X next to a permission on the User accounts & rights page.
Definitions of individual permissions & rights
Permission Rights
Create & edit draft apps
  • Create new apps in draft and edit existing drafts
  • Users can't publish applications to production
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"
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 Wallet Merchant Center.
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.

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

Permission Rights
Create Private Channel apps
  • Create an app that is restricted to the Google Play Private Channel for your Google Apps domain.
Edit Private Channel 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

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