android – How to remove an app from the Play store?-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I have some test apps that I never intend to publish to the official Play store (aka Android Market), via this website. I need to remove them and use new ones instead, as I’ve also forgotten where I’ve put the signing key of the test apps.

So, how do I remove the old test apps from the account?

I just can’t understand why they have this strict behavior. They said that if the key is not found, the app becomes an orphan. Why couldn’t they just check in the server if the app was deleted and notify the user that the app won’t get any updates, and give him an alternative for the app via the same publisher.

For example: “Dear user of App1, this app was removed from the market by the publisher, here’re other apps by the publisher that might replace App1 (or: “here’s App2 which the publisher intended to replace App1″)”.

Speaking of test apps, is there a way to do small publishing of the app, so that only specific accounts will be able to download the app from the market?

How to solve:

as gtumca-MAC said, unpublish your app and it will be removed.

For For publishing your app for testers only, try hockeyapp. It is a complete platform for publishing betas and has lot of other features as well.


There is no such functionality to remove an application from Developer’s Console. You can remove it from Google Play Store by pressing Unpublish button.

Although, in the new Developer Console you can leave a feedback, and Google developers are reacting to those feedbacks.

I left a feedback and you can do the same:
There are people (including me) added apps which they want to to remove from All Applications list. Could you please add a button to hide (or delete) the application from All Applications? Thanks.

Go to and click “Give us feedback” orange button on the top right corner.


Unpublishing an App is only possible if you fulfill all the
requirements from the app’s form.

So it is required to:

  • check and remove all translation languages

  • add graphics in different resolutions which were not required when the app was first published

  • fulfill all other requirements of the form

This procedure is not customer friendly but it works 😉


Unpublish your app from play store it will be removed

You will find one button on developer consol called Unpublish just click here

your application from play store


Only if your application has not been published before, it can be deleted.
Open your application info in the Google Play developer environment. A dropdown button located in the top right of the screen should be saying “draft”. Click it and you will be able to delete the “yet unpublished” Application.


if your app is unpublished and you need to remove it just contact Google Play Developer help via email or google + and give them your app to be deleted package name and they’ll be happy to delete it

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