Google Play has long supported users getting refunds for items that they’ve paid for, such as apps. However when it comes to getting refunds for in-app purchases or subscriptions, that proves to be slightly tricky, although it appears that Google could be looking to introduce a way to allow that.


This will be done through partial refunds, a feature that some developers are starting to see. What this means is that developers now have the option to refund a portion of the amount paid by a user. This could be used for all sorts of purposes, such as refunding in-app purchases like those accidentally made by kids, or for a subscription where continuous outage could force the developer to give back users some money to make up for it, and so on.

However not all payment methods will accept partial refunds, according to Google. This means that depending on how you choose to purchase your Google Pay items, you may or may not be eligible for partial refunds. Also it won’t work for the Subscribe with Google feature that is used for news outlets.

These partial refunds are also not applicable for purchases made prior to March 2018, so don’t think you’ll be able to get partial refunds on apps and other purchases made before that. That being said, this seems to be only enabled for developers which means that it is up to them to decide if they want to issue it, versus it being something that users can ask for.

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