What to do when your app gets rejects for violating Google’s policy?

App Rejection


With Google Play moderating submissions, many apps are getting rejected either due to spamming issues, copyright infringements or if there are deemed security risks for a user. Whatever be the cause, it is important to get to the main reason as to why your app was rejected and work on it. We recommend that every developer should go through Google’s policy about the content of the apps, recommended guidelines and how to manage policy violations in case any issue arises before he/she begins development. As a leading Android application development company, we strongly recommend that you do this.


Go through the following before you begin development

You will find all the information outlined here on Google; read on to learn more.


Google Play Program Developer Policies


This recommends the sort of stuff your app shouldn’t do; this deals with the content policy in short.


Guidelines and Practices


Here is a detailed outline of all the policies and important dos and don’ts. We recommend that you go through this section carefully and read it thoroughly in order to fully grasp everything outlined here.


Managing policy violations


In case your app gets rejected, you will need to know as to what to do. This section deals with it and has the list of resources you can use in such a case. Every programmer involved in Android application development needs to be familiar with these guidelines and tools.


With the amount of resources available, it is easy to understand as why your app has been rejected; Google’s message makes it abundantly clear as to why it was rejected and which policy was violated. Here are a couple of popular reasons why apps get rejected.



This is perhaps the top reason why most apps get rejected and here are a few steps that we think you can take to address this.


Inspect content and clean it


If there are excessive keywords and tags either in your title, description or metadata, Google would consider this as misleading, excessive or irrelevant and label it as spam. Avoid using lists that are separated by commas in your description and repeating keywords. These should help you clean up your content as per the guidelines laid down by Google.


Admit wrongdoing, stop it immediately and file for an appeal


Some apps are aggressive when it comes to reviews and some even post fake ones. If this is the case, stop indulging in these, admit it and file for an appeal. Correct the issue mentioned and detail in your appeal as to what actions you seek to take in the future to ensure that such things don’t happen again.


It is recommended that you keep all of this in mind during any mobile app development; we do so!


Copyright issues

This is quite a serious issue and Google is pretty stringent about Intellectual Property Rights. In case your app was rejected because of this, here are a few things that we as a leading android app development company recommend that you do:


Never clone


Well, if you rely on someone else’s idea and the original developers file a DMCA complaint, there is nothing much that you can do about it! Start afresh and this time around work on your own idea!


Review the title and description


Never use a term that has been trademarked in your titles; this is a sure shot way to rejection. However, if and when your app gets rejected because of copyright issues, review this aspect first. Also, trying to cash in on other popular apps and games in your description is another thing that we strongly recommend that you avoid.


Images too can cause problems


Yep! You heard us right! In case you use copyrighted images or logos, your app will be rejected. If you think you have grounds for an appeal, you may do so. But, if your app doesn’t have the permission to use the copyrighted image or logo, you won’t get anywhere!


Improper Rating and Dangerous Products

An app that is unrated is a means to get it rejected as users with content filters won’t be able to see them. Google provides a content rating questionnaire for you to fill. We recommend that you take this seriously and fill it with proper answers in order to get a proper rating.


If an app is deemed as a security risk to a user, Google will consider it dangerous and anything at all that is suspicious is sure to be rejected. We recommend that you scan links, seek user consent in case you ask for personal details and verify the ad link networks used to avoid rejection.


Other things that might get your app rejected are sexual content, anything to do with gambling, drugs or illegal stuff; Google usually has a no tolerance policy towards these and if your app even has a semblance to any of these, it will never feature on Google Play.

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