Last month, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced a new rule for recurring online transactions. The change requires the one-time consent of the user before a recurring subscription automatically deducts money. Reacting to this change, Google is reportedly emailing developers to inform them to discontinue free trials for your applications in the Play Store in the country.
Google Play reportedly suspending free trials in India
As first reported for XDA Developers, Google appears to have stopped new auto-renew subscription registrations for Indian users “until ecosystem challenges are addressed.” According to the report, this happens because Google Play’s free trials for subscriptions are tied to automatic renewals. In case it is out of the loop, RBI initially planned to implement the new rule starting March 31, 2021. However, it subsequently extended the deadline to September 30, 2021.
However, this change does not affect app subscriptions that offer a specific duration. For example, you can buy the one-month subscription and when it expires, you can buy it again. The report further mentions that Google has told developers to replace auto-renew subscription options with one-time subscriptions on the Play Store. Also, it does not affect existing auto-renew subscriptions.
When we checked at the time of writing, free trials and automatic renewals were available through the Play Store. That may be because The changes are said to take effect in early May. and developers need time to implement them. While this doesn’t mean that free trials are going to go away permanently, you may find that you won’t be able to claim a free trial in the next few months. If you’ve noticed the change on your part, let us know in the comments.
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