12.5 C
New York
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Home News Google removes India's Paytm from the Play Store — here's what's going...

Google removes India’s Paytm from the Play Store — here’s what’s going on

Paytm has been kicked out of the Play Store for violating Google’s gambling policies.


Google just booted Paytm from the Play Store. Listings for both the Paytm app and Paytm First Games have been taken down, and if you try searching for Paytm on the Play Store, all you’ll find is the Paytm for Business app that lets businesses set up payments on the service.

Paytm introduced a fantasy cricket tournament ahead of the debut of the Indian Premier League on September 18, leading to the ban. Google states that online casinos or “unregulated gambling apps” that facilitate betting aren’t allowed on the Play Store, and that’s the main motive for removing the app.

This is a big blow to Paytm, which has over 350 million downloads on the Play Store and sees ubiquitous usage across all parts of India. Paytm’s growth was fueled by India’s demonetization, where the government took most of the currency notes out of circulation on short notice in a bid to fight corruption. With cash in short supply for months thereafter, mobile payments services like Paytm witnessed a huge boost in users.

Paytm has turned into a payments behemoth over the last three years, and is India’s largest mobile payments service. Here’s what’s going on with Paytm being no longer available on the Play Store, what to do if you have money stored in your Paytm wallet, and when the app will be back on the Play Store.

Paytm Play Store ban:

  • Why is Paytm banned?
  • Is Paytm also banned on iOS?
  • What about the money in my Paytm wallet?
  • Can I install Paytm if I previously used the app?
  • Is Paytm safe to use?
  • Are other Paytm apps affected?
  • When will Paytm be back?

Why did Google ban Paytm from the Play Store?

Google published a blog post shortly after removing Paytm from the Play Store stating that any app that doesn’t conform to its gambling policies will be removed. While the blog post doesn’t mention Paytm by name, it’s clear that the addition of the fantasy cricket tournament led to the app’s ban.

From Google:

We have the same goals for our gambling policy. We don’t allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting. This includes if an app leads consumers to an external website that allows them to participate in paid tournaments to win real money or cash prizes, it is a violation of our policies.

We have these policies to protect users from potential harm. When an app violates these policies, we notify the developer of the violation and remove the app from Google Play until the developer brings the app into compliance. And in the case where there are repeated policy violations, we may take more serious action which may include terminating Google Play Developer accounts. Our policies are applied and enforced on all developers consistently.

Is Paytm also banned on iOS?

At this moment, it’s just Google that has banned Paytm. The app is still available for download from the App Store, so if you’re using Paytm on an iPhone, you can continue using the app.

Can I install Paytm if I previously used the app?

Normally, when Google kicks an app off the Play Store, you will still be able to download it if you’ve installed the app previously from your account. That was the case when the PUBG Mobile ban went into effect in India, with users able to install the game even after it was taken down from the Play Store.

That’s not the case here. I tried to install Paytm from my Play Store library, but the app doesn’t even show up in there. So until Google is confident that Paytm has fixed the issues in its app, it will not be available for download on the Play Store.

Can I still use Paytm if I have it installed on my phone?

If you have Paytm currently installed on your phone, you can still make transfers using UPI, add money to your wallet, and more. The app’s security isn’t in question, but because Google doesn’t promote online gambling services on the Play Store, you can’t install Paytm for the time being.

Is the money in my Paytm wallet safe?

Yes. Although the Paytm app is no longer available from the Play Store, you can log in to your account from a browser to view your balance and receive or send money. The money you have in your wallet is in no way affected, and you will be able to use it via a browser or waiting for Paytm to make its return to the Play Store.

Are other Paytm apps affected?

In addition to the main Paytm app, Paytm First Games has also been pulled from the Play Store. Google mentioned in its blog post that continued violations may lead to terminating Google Play Developer accounts, but that isn’t the case here.

Paytm is owned by One97 Communications, and the company’s publisher page is still active, and other services like Paytm Mall and Paytm Money are available to download. For now, it looks like Google just has an issue with Paytm and Paytm First Games and not all of One 97’s services.

When will Paytm be back on the Play Store?

For its part, Paytm is reassuring users that its app is only “temporarily unavailable,” and that it will be back on the Play Store “very soon:”

Dear Paytm’ers,Paytm Android app is temporarily unavailable on Google’s Play Store for new downloads or updates. It will be back very soon.All your money is completely safe, and you can continue to enjoy your Paytm app as normal.

— Paytm (@Paytm) September 18, 2020

Paytm’s focus right now will be on making sure that its primary app and Paytm First Games are fully compliant with Google’s policies. That will mean removing the fantasy sports tournament and removing all references to online betting. Once that’s done, it should be straightforward for Google to reinstate Paytm on the Play Store.

We’ll update the post once Paytm makes its return to the Play Store. Got any additional questions? Let us know below.


Enjoy over 5,000 ad-free movies with 12 Months of FlixFling for $59.99

The movie streaming business is dominated by a few big names. As a result, the same blockbusters come around over

Make any Amazon Echo more kid-friendly with one setting

The Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition is a nifty little bundle, but did you know that you can turn any

Tello Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

Just about anyone you’d ask is familiar with the top-tier wireless service providers in Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. What about lesser known, or newer brands?Let’s take a look at a relatively younger carrier, Tello. This guide will serve to help you understand what the MVNO offers and how it competes in the mobile arena.Where can I buy an unlocked phone?Buying an unlocked phone? Consider these questionsTips for buying a used phoneTell me about TelloTello is a newer player in the mobile field and finds itself in the increasingly crowded segment of low-cost, no-frills alternatives. Its service uses Sprint’s network for coverage but it operates with its own plans and features.What are Tello rate plans like?Tello rate plans are no-contract, meaning you can go month-to-month with no long-term agreement, cancellation, or activation fees. As many carriers in this space do, Tello throttles speeds once hitting the data allowance as opposed to charging overage fees.Customers can mix and match rate plans based on personal needs. A lot of users have access to Wi-Fi connections, or don’t make many calls in a month. To that end, it’s possible to dial things up or down to suit tastes; subscribers can change their plan as often as needed.Ready-made PlansThere are four ready-made plans that do a great job of meeting the demands of most users. They cost as low as $10 per month and include unlimited text and calling.$10/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 1GB of high-speed data$14/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 2GB of high-speed data$19/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 4GB of high-speed data$39/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with Unlimited high-speed dataAre there any other Tello features?Tello offers a handful of other options to its customers, including mobile hotspot and international calls. You can use any amount of your data plan to tether other devices. Calls to Mexico, Canada, and China are the same as if you called in the United States.What about international calls and texts?In addition to the aforementioned countries, Tello subscribers can make calls to other India, Cuba, and a host of other countries. Each has its own rate and can be used in a mix-and-match fashion. All one need do is purchase a Pay As You Go credit ahead of time.The credit can also be used for SMS or data, depending on which plan you’re signed up with at the time.Does Tello have a referral program?Yes, they’re called Tello Dollars and the referral program rewards you for signing up friends and family members. Share your referral link, and once your friend places their first successful order, you get $10 Tello Dollars. Your friend also gets $10 Tello Dollars.You can refer as many friends as you like and the money can be used for things like rate plans, phones, and PAYG credits.What kind of phones does Tello offer?Taking a look at the current lineup of phones offered through Tello we find familiar names like LG, Samsung, and Motorola. All told, there are more than two dozen phones to choose from but it’s a real tossup as to what’s available.Buying an unlocked phone? Consider these questionsWhich carrier has the best value at $50 a month?Which major prepaid carrier has the best $40 rate plan?As is the case with prepaid providers or MVNO brands, selection is a mixed bag and leans more toward affordability and not performance.READ: Best phones available at TelloIt’s worth noting that the phones you order from Tello will come in plain generic packaging and may only include the charger and battery. There will be no manual, earbuds, or other accessories.Are there any phone deals with Tello?Indeed, there are plenty of phones with discounts, some ranging as high as $50 off. About half of the current roster is comprised of refurbished phones, which also means lower prices.Can I use my own phone with Tello?Yes, you can use any Sprint-compatible phone just so long as there’s no unpaid balance on another network. You’ll need to ensure it’s unlocked for use outside of Sprint if it was previously used with another carrier.Tello only accepts unlocked CDMA devices or unlocked multi-network phones that incorporate both CDMA and GSM technologies.Head to Tello’s website to check whether your specific model is supported.

Spend under $200 for these great mid-range headphones

Great headphones don't always come with a premium price tag, and cheaper headphones shouldn't automatically go back in the box.