[FIX] We’ve detected this app uses an unsupported version of play billing

[FIX] We’ve detected this app uses an unsupported version of play billing

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Dan Burcaw
Co-Founder & CEO

If you've received this Play Console message: "We've detected this app uses an unsupported version of play billing". Here's the fix.

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If you received the following message from the Google Play Console, you are not alone:

We’ve detected this app uses an unsupported version of play billing

Chances are your app is on an unsupported version of Play Billing. Google announced that by November 1, 2021 all new apps and updates to existing apps must use Billing Library version 3 or newer.

Check import dependencies for Play Billing Library version 3 or newer

Check your project’s build.gradle file. Apps must import Play Billing Library version 3.0.0 or higher. Please note, these dependencies would only show up for APKs that require the permission com.android.vending.BILLING.

Make sure AndroidManifest.xml contains the Play Billing version entry

If you are on the latest Play Billing Library but still see the message, you will need to check your AndroidManifest.xml. Ensure it contains an entry for com.google.android.play.billingclient.version

According to Google, the entry might not be present if the manifest attribute is being dropped during manifest merging. You can check your manifest merge settings.

Upgrading from Play Billing Library V1/AIDL

If you are on Play Billing Library V1 / AIDL, Google has a migration guide for upgrading to Play Billing Library version 3. In short, there are major code changes you will need to make to your project.

Not your last “unsupported version of play billing” message

Google regularly introduces new functionality and APIs as part of the Play Billing Library. In fact, upgrading to version 3 won’t mean you’ll never again see the message about an unsupported version of play billing.

You can future proof your Play Billing implementation. With Nami, we manage the Play Billing implementation and you get to focus on your app. No server-side code is required and the client SDK is extremely easy to adopt. Our generous free tier provides reasonable limits and lots of features not found in homegrown implementations.

Dan Burcaw is Co-Founder & CEO of Nami ML. He built a top mobile app development agency responsible for some of the most elite apps on the App Store and then found himself inside the mobile marketing industry after selling his last company to Oracle.

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