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Can I use a PayPal donation button in my Android app in Google Play?

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


My country is not supported by Google for a Merchant account so I can’t publish paid apps. But I would like to get some donations from my users. I know that Google says in their policy that all payments must go through Google Play.

How about donations? Can I use a donation button, which links to PayPal to accept donations? Or can I use the PayPal Mobile Payment Libraries (MPL) to accept donations?

How to&Answers:

I contacted them and they replied as below:

Thank you for contacting the Google Play Team.

I see that your question is regarding accepting donations through
PayPal. Donations may only be collected within an app under certain

  1. Donations are only permitted for validated non-profit charitable organizations (for example, a validated 501(c)(3) charitable
    organization or the local equivalent).

  2. Donations must be facilitated via a web browser, and any collection must be made through a secure payment system.

If you belong to an eligible charitable organization, please follow
these steps:

  1. Attach a copy of your organization’s IRS determination letter or other acceptable proof in your reply to this notification. The
    provided information must indicate your status as a charitable

  2. Ensure your app only facilitates donations via a web browser as specified above.

  3. Submit your app for review.

Alternatively, if you are not a charitable organization, you must
remove the donation functionality from your app, or accept payment
through Google Play’s in-app billing service or Paid app distribution
on the Play Store. You can learn more about in-app billing in our Help
Center: http://developer.android.com/google/play/billing/index.html

I hope this helps. Thank you for your support of Google Play.

Regards, Bruce The Google Play Team


update 2017: This app no longer has the Paypal donation option

I just saw this app with PayPal donation option on the Play Store, but I’m not sure since when, maybe the guys at Google haven’t seen the app yet. It is last updated one month ago…

The option is available in the menu and it opens up a link in the browser.


Google Play says you can’t (unless you are a validated non-profit charitable organization).

However, you can try putting the link to your website into the app, where you have a PayPal donation button (along with other info about the app, of course). It doesn’t seem to break the Google Play rules. But I wouldn’t recommend naming this button “Donate”. Maybe, “Support development of this app” would be a good choice.


yes you can use PayPal services in your app
there are many apps currently using it
check the link