A new rule for repeat online transactions was announced in the last month by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The change requires the user to consent once before a recurring subscription deducts money automatically. Google is reportedly sending emails to developers to inform them that free trials of their apps will be suspended in the country’s Play Store.
Google Play to reportedly suspended Free Trials in India
As XDA Developers first reported, Google seems to have stopped new sign-ups for Indian users for self-renewal until “the challenges of the ecosystem can be addressed.” According to the report, this is because free subscription testing of Google Play is associated with automatic renovations. In the event that you are outside, RBI planned to apply the new rule from 31 March 2021. It later extended the time limit, however, to 30 September 2021.
This change does not, however, affect app subscriptions offering a particular duration. For example, you can buy a subscription for a month, and you can buy it again when it expires. The report also says that Google has advised developers to replace self-renovation subscription options with one-time Play Store subscriptions. In addition, existing self-renewal subscriptions have no impact.
Free trials and automatic renewals were available in the Play Store when we checked this writing. This could be because the changes were reported to go live in early May and it takes time for developers to implement them. Alongside free trials, you may not be able to claim a free trial in the coming months, though this does not mean free trials permanently go away. Please let us know the comments if you have noticed the change at your end.