Join us on the livestream at Android Dev Summit on 7-8 November 2018, starting at 10AM PDT!

Google Play Instant: Technical requirements checklist for games

The quality of your instant app experience can influence the long-term success of your game in terms of installs, pre-registrations, growth, and player retention. Before publishing the instant app version of your game, it's important to make sure that this version of your game's experience meets the basic expectations of players.

This document helps you understand the quality level, feature set, and UX that your game should attain to be successful. Each focus area presents a checklist of minimum requirements, best practices, and good-to-have enhancements. In the interest of delivering the best possible experience to your players, follow each checklist requirement, and follow the checklist recommendations to the greatest extent possible.

Note: To help prioritize your development efforts, take note of the level of importance indicated for each checklist item:

  • Required. Minimum requirements that must be implemented for your game to be considered compatible with Google Play games services.
  • Best practice. Strongly recommended implementation guidelines.
  • Good to have. Suggested guidelines to help you create a distinctive player experience.

Instant app total download size

ID Importance Description
1.1 Required Your instant app's total APK size must be less than or equal to 10 MB.
1.2 Required Secondary in-game loading screens must not download more than 15 MB of content at a time.
1.3 Best practice When uncached, users should be able to start playing your game in less than 15 seconds over an LTE or 4G connection.

App installation or pre-registration

ID Importance Description
2.1 Required

When offering installation or pre-registration, you must display a clearly marked installation or pre-registration button that initiates installation and pre-registration, respectively, in at least one of the following ways:

  • Display a persistent button throughout gameplay.
  • Display a persistent button on the main menu.
  • Display a button between levels, matches, or battles.
2.2 Best practice

Your instant app call-to-action (CTA) button should use the label Install or Pre-register.

Users might not understand standalone icons that represent installation or pre-registration if these icons are unaccompanied by clear labels.

In-game navigation

ID Importance Description
3.1 Required Don't disable support for the Android back button. Players must be able to move backward through the history of screens that they've previously visited.
3.2 Required User must be able to exit the game in 2 clicks or fewer.
3.3 Good to have Provide a confirmation prompt to the user when they click the back button with clear Cancel and Exit options. The Cancel option can return users to the game, and the Exit option can return users to the previous screen they visited.

Ads display

ID Importance Description
4.1 Required During gameplay, use only unobtrusive banner ads. Don't use any other type of ad, especially full-page interstitial ads, that would interrupt the gameplay.
4.2 Required Ads must not be disguised as in-game components or elements of menu/app navigation.
4.3 Best practice If you use interstitial ads in your game, display the interstitials in between rounds of gameplay.

In-app purchases

ID Importance Description
5.1 Required

If your instant app offers in-app purchases, your instant app must support the transfer of in-app items to the installed game.

Example:

  1. Player buys a pack of 1000 coins.
  2. Player uses 500 coins to unlock an in-game item, such as a power-up.
  3. Player clicks the Install button to upgrade to the full, installed version of the game.
  4. The balance of 500 coins must be transferred over to the full, installed game.
5.2 Required Users must not be required to make an in-app purchase before being able to play your game. This requirement applies to both the instant app version and the full, installed version of your game.