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Google Play Store users in Russia will not be able to buy apps

Google informed Android developers tonight that Play Store users in Russia will soon lose the ability to purchase apps, games, IAPs and subscriptions.

The company cites “payment system disruption” as the reason it’s “pausing” Google Play billing “in the coming days.” This comes as Russia has been sanctioned by several countries for its invasion of Ukraine.

In addition to in-app purchases, you will no longer be able to make subscription payments or in-app purchases “of digital goods using Google Play in Russia”.

However, free apps will still be available for download, along with any previous purchases. There are no other changes in the availability of the Google Play Store in Russia, while developers can still publish and update apps.

The situation is changing rapidly and we encourage you to return to this page for the latest information.

Subscriptions will continue until the end of the current billing period, but will be canceled thereafter due to non-payment. As a workaround, Google suggests deferring a user’s renewal, which is possible for up to a year:

The user will retain full access to the content but will not be charged during the deferral period. The subscription renewal date will be updated to reflect the new date.

Another possibility is to make the apps free or to remove the paid subscription “during this break”. This is for applications that provide a “critical service to users that protects them and gives them access to information”.

Dylan Roussel contributed to this article

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