Posted by Luke Jefferson, Product Manager at Google Play & Raz Lev, Product Manager at Google Play Trust and Safety
Over the past few years, Google Play has experienced tremendous growth. Android apps and games have become an essential part of people’s lives, created by developers of all sizes all over the world, whether for business or just for fun.
To keep Google Play secure and better serve our developer community, we’re introducing two new security measures: additional credentials and two-step verification. These measures will help strengthen the security of your account and help us better understand your needs.
Developer identification requirements
Today when you create a new Google Play developer account, we ask for an email address and phone number.
With this update, owners of developer accounts will also be asked to provide:
- Your account type – whether personal or belonging to an organization
- A contact name
- Your physical address
- Verifying your email address and phone number
Your contact details allow us to share important information and updates regarding your application. It also helps us make sure that every account is created by a real person with real contact details which helps us keep the Play Store safe for all users.
This information will not be publicly available and is only used to help us confirm your identity and communicate.
In addition to learning more about our developer community, we’re also taking steps to improve security and secure your accounts by requiring Google Play Console users to sign in using Google’s two-step verification. . Two-step verification is additional protection to protect your account, app, and users.
Starting today, developer account owners will be able to declare their account type and verify their contact details. For the moment, the declaration of an account type is optional, but it will be mandatory for any account holder wishing to update their contact details.
In August, all new developer accounts will need to specify their account type and verify their contact details when registering. We will also be making two-step verification a requirement for owners of new developer accounts.
Later this year, all existing developer account owners will be required to declare their account type, provide the required information, and verify their contact details. We’ll also ask developers to sign in using two-step verification.
In addition to these changes, we would like to remind you of some best practices to help you keep your account healthy and make sure you don’t miss any important information.
- Keep your contact details active and up to date. We may occasionally verify whether your account is active by sending an email or calling the account owner using the information provided, so it is important that it is accurate.
- Consider using a different contact email address than the one you use to create your Google Account, especially if your developer account has multiple users or if it’s an organization or business. You might consider setting up a dedicated shared inbox for this purpose, so that the right group of people within your team or organization can access these important messages. We encourage you to use an email address from your own domain if you have one.
- The contact email address for an organization or work account should not be a generic or personal email address. Make sure to use an email address associated with your organization.