Google said the final “No” to paid Chrome extensions

Google said the final “No” to paid Chrome extensions

Google has announced that paid extensions for Chrome’s branded browser will no longer be available through the official Chrome Web Store.

Early in the year, Google introduced a time limit for developers to publish and update any paid commercial extensions in the official online store Chrome Web Store. This step was taken because of a surge of fraudulent operations. Now the ban is turning from temporary to permanent.

Since March 2020, developers are no longer allowed to upload new paid extensions to the Chrome Web Store. Now Google has announced that the return of paid extensions is not planned.  The schedule of next changes in the browser will be as follows:

  • From December 1, 2020 in the Chrome Web Store will disappear button for free trial offers, and requests for a free trial version of the extensions will start to produce an error;
  • From February 1, 2021 all paid extensions of Chrome will lose access to payments via Chrome Web Store. Google is also going to disable the licensing tool, with which developers could check if the user has actually paid for the extension.

For those developers who want to continue offering paid extensions, Google offers to switch to third-party payment services and licensing tools.


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