Search
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu
true

Add developer account users & manage permissions

There are three different access levels on the Play Console: account owner, admins, and users. Your access type determines what actions you can take and what information you can view on the Play Console. 

Account access levels

Type Description
Account owner
  • First account registered on the Play Console
  • Has full access to the Play Console
  • Can add users, manage individual permissions, and remove user access
  • Is the only person who can have a linked payments profile to sell paid apps
  • Is the only person who can edit information on the Payments Settings page in the Play Console
  • Can review changes made to the Play Console using their Activity log

Admin

User
  • Can have different levels of access to the Play 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

Give users access

Step 1: Decide whether your user needs global or per-app access

Before you set up permissions, you need to decide if your user needs global or per-app access. 

  • Global: Global access applies to all apps in your developer account.
  • Per-app: Per-app access only applies to the selected app.

For details on how global and per-app access impacts a specific permission, select the permission below under "Permission definition & uses."  

Step 2: Add users & turn permissions on or off

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

  1. Sign in to your Play Console.
  2. Click Settings Settings > User accounts & rights.
    • To add a user, select Invite new user and follow the onscreen instructions.
    • To update permissions for an existing user, hover over their email address and select the pencil icon Pencil icon.
  3. Use the "Role" selector 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 down arrow next to "Add an app."
    • To see details for each permission, review the permission definitions section.
  5. Click Send Invitation.

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

Collapse All Expand All

Permission definitions & uses

View app information

Rights

Tips for account management

  • Grants read-only access to information for a specific app or all apps 
  • For a user to view information in the Reports section of the console Reports , permission must be set to "Global."
  • If you grant a user visibility to all apps, the user can access any new app you add to the Play Console.
  • If an app is linked to a game, users can view that game.
  • If this permission is set to "Global," the user can view all games.
Manage user permissions
Rights Tips for account management
  • Invite users
  • Manage permissions of other users
  • Remove users

This permission gives a user admin access. With this permission, an admin also gets all other permissions.

  • If this permission is set per app, the admin can see all users with permission to access the same apps. Per-app admins can't remove users with global access.
  • If this permission is set to global, the admin can also change access expiration dates.
View financial data
Rights Tips for account management
  • View financial and sales reports
  • View buyer metrics on User Acquisition pages
  • View orders
  • Access to the Purchases API
  • View revenue details for linked games

For a user to view orders or to view information in the Reports section of the console Reports , here's how you need to set up permissions:

  • View app information: Set to "Global"
  • View financial data: Set to "Global"
Manage orders
Rights Tips for account management
  • View orders
  • Refund orders or cancel subscriptions
  • This does not grant permission to view aggregate financial reports.
Reply to reviews
Rights Tips for account management
  • Respond to user reviews on Google Play and report inappropriate reviews
  • Reviews and ratings are still visible without this permission
Create & edit draft apps
Rights Tips for account management
  • Create apps in draft and edit existing drafts

For a user to create draft apps, here's how you need to set up permissions:

  • View app information: Set to "Global"
  • Create & edit draft apps: Set to "Global"

This permission doesn't allow users to start the rollout of a release. 

Edit store listing, pricing & distribution
Rights
  • Edit store listing information (including text and images) and perform store listing experiments
  • Edit pricing, in-app products, and pricing templates
  • Edit distribution information, including content rating
  • Create and edit promotions or sales
  • Manage public developer page
  • Manage saved device filters in the device catalog
Manage production releases
Rights
  • Create, edit, and rollout releases in the production track
  • Unpublish and republish apps that have been published to production
  • Change device exclusions
  • Manage Google Play App Signing
Manage alpha & beta releases
Rights
  • Create, edit, and rollout releases in the alpha and beta track
  • Unpublish and republish apps that have only been published to alpha or beta
Manage alpha and beta test configuration
Rights Tips for account management
  • Change testing configuration for alpha and beta tracks
  • Manage tester lists and associated users
  • For a user to edit testing groups and communities, set this permission to "Global."
Create & edit organization-specific apps
Rights Tips for account management
  • Create and publish new apps for distribution within your organization only
Set distribution preference
Rights Tips for account management
  • Specify if your apps are available to your organization only or all Google Play users
Create & edit games
Rights Tips for account management
  • Edit games
  • The "Create & edit games" permission can only be set to "Global."
  • To create games or link apps to existing games, a user must also have the "View app information" permission set to "Global."
  • Users also need permission to access the game in the Google Developers Console.

Publish games
Rights Tips for account management
  • Publish a new game
  • Unpublish and republish existing games with Google Play game services
  • The "Publish games" permission can only be set to "Global."
  • Users also need permission to access the game in the Google Developers Console.
View AdWords campaigns
Rights Tips for account management
  • View AdWords Universal App Campaigns for a linked AdWords account
  • Users must accept an invitation for this permission to be applicable.
Create AdWords campaigns
Rights Tips for account management
  • Create AdWords Universal App Campaigns directly from the Play Console
  • Before users can create an AdWords campaign, the account owner needs to create the first campaign or link to an existing AdWords account.
  • Users must accept an invitation for this permission to be applicable

Manage user access

Sent invitations

After you send an invitation, the user's email address will be listed under "Pending invitations." 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 get a confirmation email. The user needs to sign in to the Play Console using an existing Google Account or create an account.

Note: If a user signs into the Play Console using a different email address, the account owner needs 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 Play Console.
  2. Click Settings Settings > Users & permissions.
  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 Play Console.
  2. Click Settings Settings > Users & permissions.
  3. Near the right side of a row, click the gear icon Settings.
  4. Select Remove user from console.
Error 403

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

Permissions for integrated features

User permissions for Google Play game services

For a Play Console user to access Google Play game services information, these requirements must be met: 

Access Requirements
  • View a Google Play game services project
  • User must be able to view a linked Android app
  • To view Google Play game services projects that are not linked to an Android app, the user must have the "View app information" permission set to "Global."
  • Create Google Play game services project, edit games, or link new apps
  • User must have the "View app information" permission set to "Global"
  • User must have the “Edit games” permission
  • User must have permission to access the Google Developers Console project for this game (see below)
  • Access to Google Play game services financial data
  • User must have both per-app visibility and the "View financial data" permission (either per-app or global)
  • If the game is linked to multiple Android apps, a user only needs the “View financial data” permission for one linked app.

 

After a Google Play game services project has been created, if you add a user to your Play Console or extend an existing user's Play Console rights to include "Create & edit games" or "Publish games," you'll need to add the user to your Google Developers Console as well.

To 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 Play Console.
  6. Choose a permission level.
  7. Click Add.
User permissions for the Google payments center

For another user to have access to reports on your Google payments center, you need to add the user on your Google payments center settings. Play Console permissions are separate from any permissions managed within the Google payments center.

To add a user to your Google payments center:

  1. Sign in to your Google payments center.
  2. On the left menu, click Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Payments users," select Manage Payments Users > Add a new user.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to add the requested information.
  5. Select Invite.

Was this article helpful?
How can we improve it?

Need help with your Developer Console?

Chat with a member of the Google Play Console team.