Friday, January 26, 2024

DMA Compliance: Alternative Payments


  • Payment Service Providers (PSPs) — where developers use an alternative payment processor that lets users complete transactions within their app.

  • Linking out to purchase — where developers direct users to complete a transaction for digital goods and services on their external webpage. The presentation of the link out to purchase may communicate information for EU users about promotions, discounts, and other deals.

To use these new payment options in an app, developers will need to use the StoreKit External Purchase Entitlement, the StoreKit External Purchase Link Entitlement, or both. Developers are not required to submit a separate binary to use alternative payment processing.

Due to the App Store’s tight integration with In-App Purchase, and to reduce confusion for users, developers may not offer both In-App Purchase and alternative PSPs and/or link out to purchase to users in their App Store app on the same storefront.

Unlike app marketplaces, this applies to all of Apple’s platforms (but only in the EU).


When using an alternative payment processor within your app, it will display a system disclosure sheet to customers explaining that purchases are made through a source other than Apple.


When linking out to your webpage from within your app, Apple will display a system disclosure sheet to customers that explains to the user each time that they’ll be leaving the app and going to an external webpage through a source other than Apple.


If you support either alternative payment processing or link out to your webpage, you’re responsible for paying a commission to Apple on the sale of digital goods and services in the EU. iOS apps on the App Store will pay a reduced commission of either 10% (for developers participating in the App Store Small Business Program and for subscriptions after their first year) or 17% on transactions for digital goods and services, regardless of payment processing system selected; while for iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS you’ll get a 3% discount on the commission you owe to Apple.


Please note that Apple has audit rights pursuant to the Alternative Terms Addendum for Apps in the EU.

See also: Benjamin Mayo.


Update (2024-01-26): Kosta Eleftheriou:

Why doesn’t Apple show this warning for apps like Amazon, Uber, or AirBnB?

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