Google has been requiring app developers with apps on the Google Play store to use Google’s own billing service along with their own. It started requiring this last month, and YouTube is the next company to comply with this. Now, according to 9To5Google, people who sign up for new YouTube services will be paying through the Google Play billing services.
When you subscribe to YouTube services, you’ll have the option to use Google Play billing
This is something that Google’s been working on for a while. Last year, the company said that it wanted all apps on the Play Store to use Google Play billing by September 2021. However, the company delayed this until March 31st, 2022. Now, that deadline has passed, but YouTube had already started the process back in January. If you subscribe to YouTube Premium, you’d be able to use Google Play billing.
Now, if you’re a new subscriber to YouTube TV or YouTube Music, you’ll see that it has Google Play Billing. We’re not sure if anything will change for people who are already subscribed, however.
So, what’s the big deal with Google Play billing?
When you sign up for a service, you’re giving your banking information to a separate company. This frightens people who want to keep their financial information safe, but they don’t have much choice in the matter. A lot of the time, when you sign up for a service using an app on the Play Store, you’re using Google’s billing. This means that no matter what company made the app, you’re only sharing your data with Google.
However, there are times when apps require you to use their proprietary billing service. Then, your data will be going off to a different company entirely.
To help this, Google started bringing in a change last year that required all apps on the Play Store to use Google Play billing as an option. This means that each app will give people the choice to keep their billing information with Google.
As an added benefit of using Google Play billing, you’ll be able to manage your subscriptions using the Google Play Store app. You can manage all of your subscriptions all in one place rather than going to the respective app. Oftentimes, you’ll go to a company’s app which will redirect you to a browser window where you have to, again, sign into the service. Then comes the trouble of finding the account management settings.
The thing is that some companies like to make it hard to find where to deactivate their subscriptions. It’s a major problem, but using Google Play billing, canceling the subscription can be done in just a few taps.