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Samsung Developer Program

Distribution Country Restrictions and Requirements

The countries and payment methods available to your non-commercial and commercial apps depend on app type and country agreements, restrictions, and requirements.

Noncommercial apps are free apps that do not have a download price and do not offer in-app items. 
Commercial apps are either:

  • Paid apps that do have a download price and either do or do not offer in-app items.
  • Free apps that offer in-app items.
     

Note: When neither type of app is stated below, the statement applies to both types.

Samsung has agreements with countries worldwide to distribute noncommercial and commercial apps. However, Seller Office account holders located in different countries may be restricted from distributing in some countries due to policies of the account holder's country or a distribution country. For details, see below.

Samsung distributes apps through two app stores:

  • The Galaxy Apps store (Android, Edge, Galaxy Watch, Stickers, and Fonts apps)
  • The Samsung Themes app store (Themes apps)
     

Note: In August 2018, Samsung Gear became Samsung Galaxy Watch. Information referring to Galaxy Watch also applies to earlier Gear devices and apps, unless stated otherwise.

During registration, you select one or more distribution countries and whether or not to automatically distribute to newly available distribution countries. After registration, Samsung may change the distribution countries that you select for your app due to country restrictions and agreements.

 

Automatically Add New Distribution Countries and Payment Methods

During app registration and updating, in the Country & Pricing tab, you can checkmark the 'When SAMSUNG Galaxy Apps becomes available...' option to automatically make the following changes without requiring you to update your app registration:

  • When a new country becomes available for distribution and your commercial or noncommercial app meets all requirements to be published in the new country:
    • Your app will be available for download by the new country users.
    • If your app integrates In-App Purchase and has registered in-app items, the Samsung ecosystem will support the offering and sale of the items.
    • The new country's payment options will be available for paid app and in-app item purchase.
       
  • When a new payment method becomes available in one of your app's existing distribution countries, the new payment method will be available for paid app and in-app item purchase.

 

Distribution Country Restrictions

Note: All restrictions apply to all apps distributed in all Samsung app stores.

Noncommercial and commercial apps

Both noncommercial and commercial apps cannot be distributed to the following countries under the following country, device, and app conditions:

  • All countries not listed in the Available Distribution Countries section below.
  • All countries where none of the mobile devices supported by your app are available.
  • For Android apps that integrate the following versions of Samsung IAP, the indicated countries are affected:
    • IAP version below 2.0: United States of America is excluded.
    • IAP version 1.9 and below: South Korea is excluded.
    • IAP version below 1.8:
      • Countries in the PSMS Only Tier are excluded.
      • Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Jordan, and Egypt are excluded.
    • IAP version 1.0 or lower: China is excluded.
       

Commercial apps

Commercial apps cannot be distributed to the following countries when the following Seller Office settings and conditions are met.

Excluded Country Seller Office Field (Setting) Condition
Bahrain App Information / Age Restriction*: (18+)  
China Binary / Add Binary / Google Mobile Service* (Yes)  
China   The app is a Galaxy Watch app and only Google™ Playstation information is set in the Companion (Host) deep link.
Iran Profile / Basic Information / Country (USA)  
Kuwait App Information / Age Restriction*: (18+)  
Saudi Arabia App Information / Age Restriction*: (18+)  

South Korea

App Information / Category / General: (Game)
or Category / Galaxy: (Games)

and

App Information / Rating Certificate for Available Countries / Age Restriction / GRAC: (18+)

A GRAC certificate with an 18+ age rating is not registered.

United States Profile / Basic Information / Country (Iran)  
Pan-Latin,
Pan-Africa,
Pan-Africa (French), 
Global Free countries
  Your app uses either: Plasma (Samsung IAP), or VoIP

 

Noncommercial apps

Noncommercial apps cannot be distributed to the following excluded individual countries and country group countries when the following Seller Office settings and conditions are met.

Excluded Country Seller Office Field (Setting) Condition
Bahrain App Information / Age Restriction*: (18+)  
China Binary / Add Binary / Google Mobile Service* (Yes)  
China   The app is a Galaxy Watch app and only Google™ Playstation information is set in the Companion (Host) deep link.
Kuwait App Information / Age Restriction*: (18+)  
Saudi Arabia App Information / Age Restriction*: (18+)  

South Korea

App Information / Category / General: (Game)
or Category / Galaxy: (Games)

and

App Information / Rating Certificate for Available Countries / Age Restriction / GRAC: (18+)

A GRAC certificate with an 18+ age rating is not registered.

United States Profile / Basic Information / Country (Iran)  
Pan-Latin,
Pan-Africa,
Pan-Africa (French), 
Global Free countries
  Your app uses either: Plasma (Samsung IAP), or VoIP

 

Distribution Country Requirements

In order to make your noncommercial and commercial apps available for distribution to following individual and groups of countries, the app registration must meet the indicated requirements.

Distribution Countries Requirements
Each individual country The country must be checkmarked in the app's Country & Price tab.
 
Each group of countries The group must be checkmarked in the app's Country & Price tab.
 
China

The app title, short description, and description must be registered in the simplified Chinese language.

Note: Apps that passed validation testing before this requirement came into effect do not have to meet the requirement.

 

Note: Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee your app will be made available in the countries. Your app must meet all requirements for each distribution country and must pass Samsung validation testing.

 

Available Distribution Countries

The distribution countries and country groups that are available to your app are based on whether your app is noncommercial or commercial and the app type (Android, Edge, Galaxy Watch, Theme, Stickers, or Fonts). You can specify that your app be distributed to the individual countries and country groups that the Seller Office UI makes available to your app.

However, specifying a distribution country or group does not guarantee your app will be distributed to them. Your app must still meet all Samsung and distribution country and group requirements. You can select distribution countries and groups that your app cannot be distributed to.

If your app does not meet one or more country or group requirements, those countries and groups will be removed from your app's distribution.


 

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