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android – In-App Billing v3 – Don't detect refund

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I’ve followed the training about “In-App Billing v3” of Google. I get to do a buy of a item but I’ve a problem.


I’ve canceled and refunded the buy but the app detect the buy as true. I can’t continue testing my app because always I detect as purchased the item.

The only error that I’ve found in logCat is the next:

[3687] InAppBillingService.logResponseBundle: Bundle does not contain a response code

Appears after launching mHelper.queryInventoryAsync(mGotInventoryListener).

Any idea?

How to&Answers:

p.s. – this suggests it just takes time for the refund to be updated


But I’m not convinced – I realise they’re caching purchase data on the device but 24h is a long time…

Updated to add that more than 24 hours after I cancelled ‘test’ transactions, those accounts are still licensed!!

Updated again – after 36 hours the app was STILL licensed. I uninstalled and reinstalled and it was STILL licensed!!

Updated AGAIN! – I factory-reset the device, logged-in, installed the app and it was unlicensed…

AND another update – a reply from Google suggests that refunds are processed ‘automatically’ but can take ‘upto 72 hours’ to be refreshed on the device – there is no other route to detect a refund, so players get upto 3 days of stuff ‘for free’ if they refund – erm, OK this is In-App and not App purchase but still, that seems a BIT excessive?


After having waited for about 12 hours and having tried everything suggested here and on similar threads, I was still facing the same issue. What did the trick for me was the following adb command:

adb shell pm clear com.android.vending


You can easily negate the purchase for test purposes by consuming the item.

Using Trivial Drive sample I added the following code in MainActivity.java which will “consume” the premium upgrade when the app starts:

        // Do we have the premium upgrade?
        Purchase premiumPurchase = inventory.getPurchase(SKU_PREMIUM);
        mIsPremium = (premiumPurchase != null && verifyDeveloperPayload(premiumPurchase));
        Log.d(TAG, "User is " + (mIsPremium ? "PREMIUM" : "NOT PREMIUM"));

        // dss added for test: Consume the premium upgrade for test purposes.
        boolean testConsume = true;
        if (mIsPremium && testConsume) {
            Log.d(TAG, "NOT FOR PRODUCTION: We have a premium upgrade. Consuming it.");
            mHelper.consumeAsync(inventory.getPurchase(SKU_PREMIUM), mConsumeFinishedListener);
            mIsPremium = false;
        } //dss end add

As a bonus you get a free quarter tank of gas when you consume the upgrade just because the sample treats all consumption as gasoline elsewhere. Search MainActivity for “Provisioning” to find where.


The way I am working around it is with a block of code that ignores the specific purchases I have made. I have a log statement in the code that prints out the purchase info, then I hardcode a list in my app of purchaseTimes to ignore. It is a mess and I have to re-compile every time I want to test, but I haven’t found a better way yet.