Your Android Developer Account Will Live Forever

WARNING: This article features ANCIENT code! I'm keeping it online because it's interesting to see what I was thinking 10+ years ago. But you DEFINITELY should not be using this code. Anything you're reading about on this page has changed significantly since this was written.

I've been shutting down my app business since it doesn't really make enough money to be worth the hassle of properly running a business, filing taxes, etc.. Part of that process is closing all my accounts, including the Android Developer account. Well, apparently that is not possible. Following a couple rounds of emails to Google, they say the account cannot be archived or deleted. The best you can do is to unpublish all your apps and change your password to something random. I was met with a similar surprise at the end of last year when I tried to close an account with an advertiser - "YOU WANT TO DO WHAT?!?" - they have thousands of clients, but apparently no one had ever asked to close their account before.