android – Unpublish and app in Google Play for non beta testers only-ThrowExceptions

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I already have an app published in Google Play, and now I would like to unpublish it for anyone but a set of known beta testers. My problem is that if I unpublish it, it seems it also gets unpublished for beta testers (since the beta testers feature needs a published app).

What could I do? In other words, what I want to do is:

  1. Unpublish the app so nobody new can install or find it using Google Play.
  2. Upload a new version using the beta testing feature so several known people can test it
  3. In the future, publish the app to everyone again.
How to solve:

Under the APK tab select Switch to Advanced Mode
Then deactivate the APK in production.

Switch over to the BETA TESTING tab and upload a new APK for the beta

After the APK has been uploaded select Manage list of testers… and add the Google+ community.

When you are ready to go back to production just simply click the Promote to Prod button


I don’t think what you are asking is completely possible for Google-Play Store Platform till now.

But one of your point: 1) Unpublish the app so nobody new can install or find it using Google Play, is answered on Google Support.

Google Documentation – Unpublish an app

When you unpublish an app, existing users can still use your app and receive app updates. Your app won’t be available for new users to find and download on Google Play.

Your 2nd point is Tricky. Until and unless you have something in Production.

One workaround can be: Re-Publish the app, it won’t take much longer if it has been published before and communicate/share the link with your testers, and then unpublish your app from the store, but this has to be done probably with-in 24 hours.

I haven’t tried it, but I’m saying 24 hours since it is the minimal/fast indexing time if your app has a greater audience before, if this isn’t the case you can take 2-3 days time.

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