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Google Play is improving updates to older apps

Play’s recovery tools allow you to prompt users who are using certain versions of your app to update on every cold restart.

Over the years, Google Play has helped users enjoy the latest versions of apps through auto-updates or in-app updates. While most users update their apps this way, some may still be stuck on outdated, unsupported or non-functional versions.

Yesterday, Google introduced a new automatic tool that will prompt such users to update, bringing them closer to the features you wanted to provide.

Play’s recovery tools allow you to prompt users who are using certain versions of your app to update on every cold restart.

To use the new feature, log into Google Play Console and go to the Releases section or the App Bundle Explorer page, where you can select the app versions for which you want to send prompts. In addition, this feature is also available through the Play Developer API, and will soon be expanded to allow you to target multiple versions of apps at the same time. Note that the version you want to hint at must be built as an app bundle.

You can then narrow your targeting criteria by country or Android version (if required), with no pre-integration required.

Currently, over 50% of users respond to prompts, allowing more users to get the most out of your apps.

Once users are prompted to update, you can use the Play Console’s recovery tools to edit the update configuration, review its progress, or cancel the action altogether. You can learn more about this feature here.

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