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How to use the Play Console

Register for a Google Play Developer account

To publish Android apps on Google Play, you'll need to create a Google Play Developer account.

Step 1: Sign up for a Google Play Developer account
  1. Using your Google Account, sign up for a Developer account.
  2. Once you have a Developer account, you can use the Play Console to publish and manage your apps.
Step 2: Accept the Developer Distribution Agreement

During the sign up process, you'll need to review and accept the Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement.

Step 3: Pay registration fee

There is a $25 USD one-time registration fee that you can pay with the following credit or debit cards:

  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Discover (U.S. only)
  • Visa Electron (Outside of the U.S. only)

Note: The types of cards accepted may vary by location.

Step 4: Complete your account details

Type your account details. Your "Developer name" is displayed to customers on Google Play.

You can add more account information after you've created your account.

Develop Android apps

Learn how to design, develop, and distribute your Android apps on Google Play.

Use the Play Console

Starting in April 2017, you'll notice your Play Console has an updated design and navigation. All of the features you're familiar with are still available, but some may have moved. 

Once you've selected an app, you'll see the menu includes several new categories. Here are the pages you'll find in each of those categories:

  • Development tools: Crashes & ANRs, Deobfuscation Files, Services & APIs, FCM Diagnostics
  • Release management: Artifact library, Manage releases, Pre-launch report
  • Store presence: Store listing, Store listing experiments, Pricing & distribution, Content rating, In-app products, Paid app sales, Translation service
  • User acquisition: User acquisition, AdWords campaigns, Promotions, Optimization tips
  • User feedback: Ratings, Reviews analysis, Reviews, Beta feedback

For more information on some of the most popular features, click the links below.

Track app performance from your Android device

You can review app status and performance data on-the-go with the Play Console app.

What's new

Here are some popular resources with the latest news and tips on developing Android apps and games for Google Play.

  • If you have a Google Play Developer account, view Play Console announcements by selecting the bell icon Announcement.
  • Learn about features and best practices that will help you grow your business with the Playbook app. Get personalized articles and videos from Google and experts across the web.
  • Read the latest news and posts about Android and Google Play on the Android Developers blog.


Need help publishing apps on Google Play? Here are a few places you can go for additional support.

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