Google Play – Android developer console – How to update app

I thought updating an upgrade to an Android app on Google Play will be simple task but it turns out to be nightmare.

Or may be I’m missing something.

Here is the process we have to follow to upload a new app update

Step 1 – Upload new APK file

Before you upload the updated APK file you need to make sure that you have used the same Private Key to sign the updated Android app as you used for the previous version.

If you haven’t done so then you will see following error

The apk must be signed with the same certificates as the previous version.

Next you need to make sure to increase the android:versionCode and android:versionName attributes.

Step 2 – Deactivate previous version APK

Once you have uploaded the updated app you will see it in the console.

Deactivate the previous version
Deactivate the previous version

Step 3 – Activate updated version APK

Next activate the latest version.

Activate latest version

Step 4 – Save

Click on Save to save the changes


Now go back to the console and you will see that the older version is still active and latest version is deactivated.

Changes are not reflecting

So what went wrong?

No clue.

Try Simple mode to activate latest version

In previous steps I’ve been using Advanced mode, so I tried to do the same in Simple mode.

Activate APK in simple mode

This time it shows a prompt, looks good so far.

Save in Simple mode

Click on OK and save again.

Save in Simple mode

When I go back to Google Play Android Developer Console I still see the older version active. The updated version still shows deactivated.

So what went wrong?

When you click on the Save it doesn’t show any message. So I assume that the last part of the process – Save – doesn’t work?

I tried it in Chrome and Firefox browser, same result in both. Google Play doesn’t work properly in IE.

Solution is yet to be found.

The Solution

Believe it or not it was browser problem.

I followed above procedure  in IE and it worked. It shows message after saving and directs me to edit page to update details. 

The problem happens in Chrome and Firefox.

However it is not always the Chrome problem, for some people it might work in Chrome. So try to use different browser if it doesn’t work in one.

It’s really wired though. I assumed all Google products should work in Chrome, after all it’s part of whole Google ecosystem.

Wasted 3 hours in figuring it out.


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