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Android App Rejected: Change in Google's SMS permission policy

Discussion in 'Android Development' started by Octane_Tech, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. Octane_Tech

    Octane_Tech Lurker
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    I have developed an SMS/MMS transfer application and the application was live on Play Store since 2016.

    Core features of app:
    1. Backup and Transfer SMS/MMS messages between Android devices
    2. Transfer SMS/MMS messages between Android and iOS devices
    Recently, I tried to submit an app update and received following app rejection email from Google:

    The declared functionality {Backup and restore for users} is determined to be unnecessary or not aligned with the core functionality of your app

    I am surprised that Google mentioned above reason for my app rejection. I have following questions:
    1. Anyone faced similar issue recently? If yes, how did you resolve this issue?
    2. There are many apps live on the store such as SMS Backup & Restore and iSMS2droid with similar functionality as my application. How these apps are approved?
    3. Is there a different use case I have to select when I am submitting my application? I selected the Backup and Restore use case as my application needs WRITE_SMS permission.
    I would appreciate any suggestions and thoughts on this topic. Thank you.

  2. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...

    Oy, that sounds frustrating. Hopefully its something simple in the way you are describing something when you submit it.

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