Android to iPhone with google play signed in

Griever

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Hi,

so I recently got a new and free hand me down phone from my brother so I’m switching from long time android to iOS, and other games haven’t been an issue with signing into google play on my iPhone and getting old accounts and saves and purchases with nearly all,

that being said I owned the full version on android and had my play I’d linked, but now I can’t get any of my saves back or access the purchased content,

I love the game and I want to keep playing but going from full version back to base and no saves is....sucks

please help if if you have any ideas
 

Griever

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I signed into google play, tried restoring purchases, I am on the google play account that had the full license. Makes no sense to link accounts but not purchases.
 

VDX_360

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That's got to be frustrating.

I --think-- this might be the Android vs iOS issues. It's come up a few times, including here. As discussed in that thread, Android and Apple are two different companies, so the issue lies with the incompatibly with Android and Apple products. Your save file should transfer over, so you -should- be able to restore your Android save files after getting the game from the Apple store.

And this is less an independent developer issue than it's Android and Apple not playing nice with each other.
 

Griever

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Well is it possible to at least get the full license back if I can prove I had it on my google play? I mean I love and support the game and I can start over if that’s what it comes down to but I can’t buy the same thing again just because something doesn’t want to play nice, it has account linkage plain and simple I bought the game through the developer and the license is linked to the same account I’m using on iOS, the logical thing is that I did everything right to get all my data and purchase and should at least get what I paid for.
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And lastly if a moderator or whatever deems I do have to buy it again and that linking your google account is worthless, then perhaps they should remove that and not give people false impressions
 

Alan_SP

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Well is it possible to at least get the full license back if I can prove I had it on my google play?
As said, no.

These are two companies. The game is the same, but you bought it in different place. Apple (iOS) isn't Google (Android). And just doesn't care, has different rules for placing apps in a store, buying, selling, etc.

Sorry, but that it is how this works. Each company wants its own share of your (actually, everyone) money. No one of us can do anything about it.

Or, you could try and write to Apple (iOS owner) and try and see what they would answer.

At the moment, developer of this game sells his product in 4 shops for three platforms and needs to respect shop owners' rules of selling own wares in their respective shops. These rules doesn't depend on game developer wishes, wants or rules.
 

Griever

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Lol sounds like like selling out as much as possible, what a shame, no wonder why it’s gotten nowhere. Game can cram it then
 

VDX_360

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I can appreciate the frustration, but you're directing it at the wrong place.

Game developers, esp small game developers, have no influence over Google and Apple's policies that prohibit cross-company purchase sharing. None at all. Might as well be yelling at David the Developer for the sky being blue.

Does it suck when you switch between Google and Apple products? Yes. It's also deliberate. As both Google and Apple use that loss as a way to discourage switching phone / tablet providers. There's an argument that neither company should have to deal with tracking purchases made by the other company (or share customer data), or deal with the program issues of cross-company purchases, but I doubt those are too difficult to overcome. It's really about Google and Apple wanting control.

This isn't the first time large companies try to force you to keep with them by not allowing cross-company purchases, but for whatever reason, the general public is more okay with digital monopolies than physical-item monopiles. But, I digress.

So, yes, it's frustrating, and likely has ethical implications on a free market, but you are better served by directing your ire at Google and Apple.

Here's a link to give feedback to Apple.

I hope you have a wonderful day.
 

Alan_SP

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Game developers, esp small game developers, have no influence over Google and Apple's policies
Only to add to this, small indie developers also don't own big distribution companies, but have to use big already existing ones and play by their rules.

Whatever potential players of games think about this is irrelevant, especially if they think that small indie developers can influence big distribution companies.

This is just how it is. So, @Griever you can vent your frustration as much as you like, but you're venting it at wrong place.
 

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