Impersonation

We don’t allow apps that mislead users by impersonating someone else (for example, another developer, company, entity) or another app. Don’t imply that your app is related to or authorized by someone that it isn’t. Be careful not to use app icons, descriptions, titles, or in-app elements that could mislead users about your app’s relationship to someone else or another app.

Examples of common violations

  • Developers that falsely imply a relationship to another company / developer / entity / organization.

    ① The developer name listed for this app suggests an official relationship with Google, even though such a relationship doesn’t exist.

  • Apps whose icons and titles are falsely implying a relationship with another company / developer / entity / organization.

    ①The app is using a national emblem and misleading users into believing it is affiliated with government.
    ②The app is copying the logo of a business entity to falsely suggest it is an official app of the business.

  • App titles and icons that are so similar to those of existing products or services that users may be misled.


    ①The app is using the logo of a popular cryptocurrency website in its app icon to suggest it is the official website.
    ②The app is copying the character and title of a famous TV show in its app icon and misleading users to think that it is affiliated with a TV show.

  • Apps that falsely claim to be the official app of an established entity. Titles like “Justin Bieber Official” are not allowed without the necessary permissions or rights.

  • Apps that violate the Android Brand Guidelines.
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