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Tinder is the next app to opt out of paying Google Play Store fees

What you need to know

  • Tinder's new default payment method requires entering your details directly into the app.
  • Once you've entered your payment details, it will remove the choice of paying with Google Play.
  • App developers often pay fees up to 30% to the Play Store, leaving some to look for ways to bypass these fees.

In a move to prevent paying fees to Google with in-app purchases, Tinder has changed its default payment process. Going forward, the Tinder app will now force users to enter payment info directly into the app — bypassing Google's payment method.

Furthermore, once you have entered your payment info, the app will remember it and will no longer give you a choice to pay with Google Play in the future.

Tinder is not the first app to look for a way to sidestep fees from Google Play. However, it is the first app which has changed the payment method in-app. Other apps have attempted something similar in the past, but it required forcing users to enter their info on a website.

In-app purchases are big business for Google and Apple, with both companies taking up to 30% of the revenue from developers. When you're talking about a billion-dollar industry, that adds up to a lot of income for the two companies and a lot of lost revenue for the app developers. That's why you're seeing more and more developers looking for a way to bypass paying these fees, sometimes skipping the app stores entirely.

You may remember when Epic Games launched Fortnite, it did so in a rather controversial way by requiring users to download and install outside of the Play Store. This ensured that Epic Games could keep all the profit from purchases, but it also had the disadvantage of opening up its users to security exploits, as we saw soon after the launch.

Tinder's approach is far less controversial, but it still accomplishes the same goal. The move is one that is surely worrying Google, as it risks losing additional revenue if more apps follow in the footsteps of Epic Games and Tinder.

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13 Comments
  • If these developers depend on Goigle to showcase their product sidestepping those payments is kinda chicken ****
    If Google is going to keep supporting the EU they are gona need all the money they can get.
  • Google will have to pay millions to FTC for YouTube violations of kids privacy laws https://www.androidcentral.com/google-settlement-ftc-youtube-kids I actually had no idea the a Federal Trade Commission was a European organisation...
  • So are you saying the EU hasn't forced Google to pay very large fines lately? Everybody wants a bite of Google.
  • No, I'm saying they're not the only ones that levy fines. Every region has laws and standards. If you go against them, you might get punished.
  • The FTC must be full of old EU beaurocrats.
  • What are in app purchases used for on tinder? I thought it was a dating app, not a "dating" ago. #PimpinAintEasy
  • Suckers that pay for the "plus" version. 
  • And what... It matches them with more attractive people with lower standards? Lol.
  • ha good question. But that is probably the case. 
  • The main thing is seeing who swiped right on you, so you don't have to go through every profile hoping you end swiping right. You basically limit your pool size and you can just swipe on guaranteed matches.
  • https://www.help.tinder.com/hc/en-us/articles/115004487406-Tinder-Plus-a...
  • I think the other reason for this is so that people can use the same Tinder Plus/Gold subscription across platforms (Android, iOS and browser).
  • What if i don’t want to enter the credit card info into those apps and pay with the iTunes store or google store prepaid cards?! They have to give the choice for users, or i just give up on using them (at least Netflix have their own prepaid card)...