# Google Play Store

Tales from the abyss.
Friday, July 16, 2021

"Bad Authentication" error- what you can do

I need a little bit of help on this one.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

"Bad Authentication" error during login (blocked Google account)

I have recently been getting a few support requests about a "Bad Authentication" Error when logging in with Raccoon.

Saturday, April 24, 2021
Friday, January 22, 2021

Manually installing split APK files (App Bundles) via ADB

Can't really recommend doing it this way, but sometimes you have no other choice.

Friday, November 6, 2020

A reader asks:

Can Google delete apps from my Android smartphone?

Eh, yes, of course! There’s a push message and a mechanism for that implemented in the Playstore app. In case you find that surprising: how did you think Play would handle a cancelled payment for paid content? Return the money and let you keep the item?

In case the question was if you could buy an app, use Raccoon to download the APK to your PC, then refund, the answer is: yes you can do that (shame on you), most paid apps safeguard against this by performing an online license check.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Hrmpf! I started working on bringing app reviews to Raccoon. I’d rather not implement this. The more you dig into the API, the more you realize that this is nothing but a dark pattern to keep users engaged. It helps no one, but harms everyone.

  • You can’t really write a meaningful review of a product on a mobile device. Anything that’s longer than 2-3 sentences takes a lot of effort.
  • In case you feel so strongly about the app that spent the effort, you are probably thwarted by the character limit.
  • Even if you manage to write an actually useful review, no one will read it, as it gets pushed down by newer reviews and eventually drowns in drivel.
  • The only thing that may have a lasting effect is your star rating, but even that is utterly useless as it only contributes to an average based on vastly different rating criteria.
  • App developers are given every incentive to game the system by boosting their rankings with fake reviews.

So yes, you won’t make a difference by reviewing an app and you don’t gain any insight from reading reviews either.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Bypassing phone verification for Google accounts.

For your security, Google wants to make sure that it's really you. Google will send a text message with a 6-digit verification code. Standard bullshit applies.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Is it possible to merge split APK apps?

I get it, you guys hate split APKs as much as I do. So why doesn't Raccoon simply merge them into a traditional APK? Is that even possible?

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Look up on Google Play! It's a Rip off! It's a Scam! It's a Super Shenanigan!

The Android ecosystem never fails to present new and fascinating get-rich-schemes.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Play Store Apps for Free

'Can I use Raccoon to download paid apps for free?' - Ok, it's a question that pops up now and then, so we probably have to talk about it.