I tried to pay a Google Developer account (to publish App) with the gift card and wasn't accepted despite being a payment to Google Play. Were added R$100.00 (US$33,24) and own iPhone, only use for Google Books and movies. Is there any way to transfer the money or gift with app?

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Unfortunately, no.

The Google Play Gift Card TOS (US) includes the following which mentions that once a Gift Card is purchased it can only be spent within the Google Play store and cannot be transferred or refunded:

2. Limitations. [...] The Gift Card is not redeemable for cash or other cards, is not reloadable or refundable, cannot be combined by you with other non-Google Play balances in your Google Wallet account, and cannot be resold, exchanged or transferred for value, except as required by law. [...]

For reference, Google maintains a list of purchases eligible for Google Play balance per country which includes country-specific TOS documents. It's also worth noting that a balance on a Google Play Gift Card is different than your Google Wallet balance.

  • Why can't I pay the developer account and that is a Google Play payment? Apr 30, 2015 at 11:37
  • See the second link above. In the US, the only purchases eligible for payment using a gift card are "Apps, Books, Movies, Music, Music subscriptions, Newsstand, Newsstand subscriptions." I don't know why Google chose the restrictions it did.
    – Mr. Buster
    Apr 30, 2015 at 14:12
  • @Mr.Buster I believe the purpose of gift card is for end-user, as with giving a gift for friends to use and buy things on Play Store, and it's not intended for development related in the first place.
    – Andrew T.
    Apr 30, 2015 at 19:06

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