Google Play Store Bans Crypto Mining Apps

News | July 27, 2018 By:

Google has updated its Play Store developer policy, effectively banning apps that mine cryptocurrencies.

According to the new policy, mining apps are now prohibited in the Google Play Store, but apps that “remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency” are still permitted. The new policy came after Google banned browser extensions that contain cryptocurrency mining scripts from the Chrome Web Store in April of this year. It also banned all cryptocurrency advertising in March as a response to the infestation of scams.

The ban on cryptocurrency mining apps comes at a time when the industry was beginning to think the Internet giant has loosened its stance on cryptocurrency. Earlier this week, Google added bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin to its online currency exchange converter. It also began displaying Coinbase adverts again, which was seen as a positive development for the crypto industry.

Last month, Apple took a similar move when it introduced a new section on cryptocurrency in its guidelines on the App Store stating that, “Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes such as cryptocurrency mining.”