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Guide to Migrating Your Google Developer Account from Individual to Business
Guide to Migrating Your Google Developer Account from Individual to Business

Switch your Google Developer Account from individual to business by creating a new account and transferring apps with Google's support.

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Transitioning your Google Developer Account from an individual to a business type is an important step for growing developers and companies. This process ensures your account reflects your business structure and allows for more appropriate management of your app's presence on the Google Play Store. Below is a simplified guide based on the information provided by Google Support.

Overview

Google does not provide a full direct switch option from an individual to a business account within the Google Play Console. However, you can achieve this by creating a new account as a business and transferring your apps to the new account.

Step-by-Step Process

  1. Create a New Google Developer Account:

    • Sign up for a new Google Developer Account in the name of your business. Ensure that you choose the business option during the signup process and pay the associated fee.

    • All the steps to create a Google Developer account are available in this help guide.

  2. If you have live apps in the old account - prepare for App Transfer:

    • Before transferring your apps, make sure to follow all the steps outlined in this help guide (including setting up the payment profile and inviting Uscreen to your newly created de account, setting up the API access, and so on). Both accounts need to have the same settings to ensure a smooth transition of your apps.

  3. Initiate App Transfer:

    • To transfer apps, you’ll need to submit a Transfer Request. Instructions from Google are available in this help guide. The transfer request must include the Google Play Console account details for both the transferring (individual) and receiving (business) accounts.

    • You’ll also need to provide the package name of the apps you wish to transfer (Uscren can help you with that).

  4. Complete the Transfer:

    • Once Google initiates the transfer, you will receive an email to the account associated with your business. You must accept the transfer for it to be completed.

  5. Update App Information:

    • After the transfer, review your app listings and update any relevant information that reflects your business status, including developer name, contact information, and payment profiles.

Important Considerations

  • Data and Metrics: Understand that some app data, like user ratings and reviews, will carry over, but certain developer-specific metrics and settings may need to be reconfigured for the business account.

  • Policy Compliance: Ensure your apps comply with all current Google Play policies before requesting a transfer to avoid any delays or complications.

  • Financial Transactions: Be aware of the potential impact on financial transactions, including payouts and taxation, which may be subject to different regulations under a business account.

Conclusion

Migrating from an individual to a business Google Developer Account involves creating a new business account and transferring your apps to this account. This process, while not direct, is facilitated by Google Play Developer Support and allows for a smooth transition with minimal impact on your apps’ presence and performance on the Google Play Store.




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