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Google Play Store

Please note: Due to changes made by Google, major changes are coming to UW Google. These changes will affect Google Shared Drives, the use of UW Google with Shared UW NetIDs, and storage limits on UW Google accounts associated with personal UW NetIDs. Additional changes are also likely. For more detail and regular updates, see UW Google Changes Project.

What is Google Play?

Google Play is a digital distribution service operated and developed by Google.  It serves as the official app store for the Android operating system, allowing users to browse and download applications developed with the Android software development kit (SDK) and published through Google.  Google Play also serves as a digital media store, offering music, magazines, books, movies, and television programs.  The services operating under the Google Play banner are: Google Play Books, Google Play Games, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, and Google News.

Purchasing content from Google Play using a UW G Suite account

UW-IT strongly discourages the purchase of content from Google Play using a UW G Suite account and instead recommends the use of a personal Google account to make purchases from Google Play.  The use of a UW G Suite account is contingent upon an active, ongoing relationship with the University of Washington as a student, faculty member, or employee.  If you no longer have an active, ongoing relationship with the University of Washington, your UW G Suite account and all associated data will be deleted, including Google Play purchases, upon your departure from the University of Washington.

Additionally, Google will not transfer any Google Play purchases made with a UW G Suite account to another G Suite or personal Google account.

For more information on the Google Play Terms of Service, click here.

Last reviewed November 11, 2020