Play Store issue about Family Ads Program

  1. SDK Version: 33.0.0
  2. Platform: Android


I recently received a message from Google Play support. The Play Store will remove my expo based app because of non-certified ad SDK:

Here is my package.json dependencies:

    "@react-native-community/netinfo": "2.0.10",
    "async": "^3.1.0",
    "axios": "^0.19.0",
    "expo": "^33.0.0",
    "expo-asset": "^5.0.1",
    "expo-font": "~5.0.1",
    "react": "16.8.3",
    "react-dom": "^16.8.6",
    "react-native": "",
    "react-native-check-box": "^2.1.7",
    "react-native-device-detection": "^0.2.0",
    "react-native-web": "^0.11.4",
    "react-navigation": "^3.11.0",
    "react-redux": "^7.1.0",
    "redux": "^4.0.1",
    "redux-persist": "^5.10.0"

Our app is pretty simple, we play some external mp4 videos (from direct url) and have some google analytics events.

Can you help me on that ?

Thanks !

Hey @mcanzerini,

Did Google give you any more information as to what SDK is at fault here? If not, it’d be helpful to ask them for more specifics.

Another thought is this may be something that has been addressed between SDK33 and the newer SDK versions. Is something holding you back from upgrading to a newer SDK?


Thanks for you quick reply.

Unfortunately, Google gave us no more information about this unknown bad SDK. You’re right, we will ask them more details about this issue.

I’m agree, the best thing would be to upgrade to a brand new SDK version of expo. But our app has been published since July 2019 and it is very stable. No need to invest more time except for this issue. If the problem still persist, we will have to do so … but time is money :slight_smile:


The problem I am having with family program to the play store is that google want me to remove the location request if my target audience is lest than 13 years old. Is there a way to solve this problem, my app has been rejected for the second time .I am using sdk 38

We’ll be enabling the removal of that permission with SDK39 @cloudmonde . As for @mcanzerini, I believe this has to do with the Facebook SDK which we changed to not auto init in a more recent SDK version. I believe 36 so upgrading that should resolve the issue.


Hi Adam,

Thank you very much for your help. Indeed, Google gave us more information and it appears that it’s the Facebook SDK that is the cause the issue.

We will upgrade as soon as possible to a new version of SDK (38 or 39 may be)

Thx again.

Awesome. Let me know if you run into any issues during the upgrade process.

We’re experiencing the same issue with SDK 37. Did upgrading to 38 fix this for you @mcanzerini?

My Kids app on the Google playstore is Expo v38, and Google gave me the same ‘warning’ that my app will no longer function if I don’t make the ads family-friendly. I don’t even do any ads, and there’s nothing in my package.json to specify any ads. So moving to Expo v38 does not fix this issue with Google.