If you already have an Android app submission
, it's time to learn about the Google Play fees. The Google app store fees have a progressive tax rate. If you get income below $1 million (like most other devs), 15% is taken from you. Following Apple, the company introduced a 12-month membership threshold, after which any products, including top Google Play apps
, receive a reduced rate. However, your percentage will remain high if you are not enrolled in the creator assistance program. The commission does not apply to advertising profit and the sale of physical items.
How does Google Play charge you? The main difference between this store and a competitor is how the profit threshold works. The thing is, you may get a combined commission. All funds received up to $1 million are liable to 15%, and the rest exceeding this threshold is subject to 30%. Apple counts money for the whole previous year, and if it exceeds the specified figure, it imposes the increased rate on the remaining sum. It seems this approach is more loyal and sparing for developers. According to Google representatives, the reduced percentage applies to 99% of publishers since the income of most creators does not exceed $1 million.
You should also add a one-time (non-recurring) compensation for opening a developer profile to these deductions. By the way, all publishers and creators pay the same amount, regardless of the agency size. There are no other annual fees.Interesting Fact
. Back in 2020, a multitude of app developers (Spotify and Netflix being among them) united and filed a lawsuit against Google's App Store. The lawsuit revolved around Google’s App Store’s 30% ‘monopoly fee’ leaving no room for healthy competition. Three years later, Google reached settlement
in the US Play Store lawsuit, promising developers more freedom. As a matter of fact, that lawsuit against Google’s monopolizing ways was not the first one
, and the legal fight itself was really intense.