Posted by Lydia Gaymond – Product Manager, Google Play
For years, Google Play has helped users enjoy the latest versions of your apps through auto-updates or in-app updates. While most users update their apps this way, some may still be stuck with outdated, unsupported, or broken versions of your app.
Today, we’re introducing a new tool that prompts these users to update, bringing them closer to the app you’re aiming to deliver.
Recovery tools allow you to ask Play users to run specific versions of your app to update each time they restart the app.
To use this new feature, log into the Google Play console and go to your Releases or App Bundle Explorer page and select the app versions you want to request. Alternatively, the feature is also available through the Play Developer API, and will soon be extended to allow you to target multiple app versions simultaneously. Please note that the version you want to deploy the query must be built as an application bundle.
Then specify your target by country or Android version (if desired) with no pre-integration required.
Currently, more than 50% of users are responding to the questions, allowing more users to get the best experience of your apps.
After prompting users to update, you can use Play Console’s recovery tools to edit your update configuration, view the progress, or cancel the recovery action. Learn more about the feature here and start using it today!