Google Play Billing is now used for new YouTube Premium and TV subscriptions on Android.

Google began mandating Android apps published through the Play Store to use its payment service at the end of the previous month rather than allowing developers to keep collecting payment information directly. YouTube Premium and YouTube TV now employ Google Play Billing in order to adhere to those most recent regulations.

You are now prompted to use Google Play Billing rather than YouTube’s own system, which has been used for years, when signing up for a new YouTube Premium subscription in the main Android app, YouTube TV, or YouTube Music Premium in that specialized client. This method, which requires manually entering credit card data, is still in use online.

With this, Fitbit and Google One’s first-party services, such as YouTube, are brought into compliance. Google previously intended all apps to comply with this requirement by September 30, 2021, or face delisting ; however, the deadline was postponed to March 31, 2022. This has an effect on Barnes andamp; Noble and Audible ‘s Android apps.

Utilizing the delay, YouTube (for Premium) appears to have switched over in January of this year. Meanwhile, Play Billing is also used by YouTube channel memberships.

Members of YouTube Premium and Music Premium who enrolled prior to January 2022 may request a refund by clicking the button below.
Members who joined in January 2022 or later will need to request a refund through Google Play

YouTube Google Play Billing
YouTube Google Play Billing

Web versus in-app billing

Google, however, unveiled a program at the end of March that would allow Android apps to utilize their own payment methods as long as Play Store billing was also an option. At that time, Spotify was introduced as the initial partner for User Choice Billing. To see whether YouTube, a branch of Google, ever adopts this would be intriguing.

It is unknown if grandfathered pricing and current YouTube Premium customers will be transferred to Play Billing. The obligation to do so is not stated in the Play policy, and other services has not yet made it available. Theoretically, if you are currently paying the standard Premium fee ($11.99 as opposed to $9.99 or even $7.99), you may manually switch.

The advantage for users is that YouTube Premium can be managed from the Play Stores Subscriptions page. The option to rapidly cancel subscriptions in the same way without interacting with numerous third-party workflows makes it quite straightforward to keep track of everything you’re consistently paying for. Earning Play Points is an added bonus.

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