Search for an app in Google Play Store

J. Landman Gay jacque at
Tue Jul 18 11:27:22 EDT 2023

Google said it searches the description as well as the title and author, so 
if you put their modified string into the description their bot should find 
it. You could even do something like this:
     Search Ref: Sehen - Hören - Merken

That is the modified string Google uses for search. It adds spaces around 
the hyphens.

If you don't want to do that, you could just edit the title to include the 
spaces. I'm not sure if you can change the title without resubmitting the 
app but you could try.

Jacqueline Landman Gay | jacque at
HyperActive Software |
On July 18, 2023 6:04:53 AM Klaus major-k via use-livecode 
<use-livecode at> wrote:

> Hi Jacque,
>> Am 17.07.2023 um 22:05 schrieb J. Landman Gay via use-livecode 
>> <use-livecode at>:
>> On 7/17/23 3:10 AM, Klaus major-k via use-livecode wrote:
>>> Maybe I do not understand it correctly?
>>> ------------------------------------------------------------
>>> Hi Klaus,
>>> Thanks for contacting Google Play Developer Support.
>>> Google Play app search works across title, developer name, and app 
>>> descriptions.
>>> Your title should be unique and accessible, avoid common terms, and reinforce
>>> what your app is about.
>>> Using common or generic words like "Puzzle" or "Sports" can often increase the
>>> total number of potential search results, thus making your app more 
>>> difficult to find.
>>> Using the search phrase Sehen-Hören-Merken forces our search engine to 
>>> autocorrect
>>> the search term and return results as if the search term were "Sehen - 
>>> Hören - Merken" (in quotes).
>> Interesting. The app that couldn't be found for me had an "@" sign in the 
>> name. So I agree that symbols or punctuation like hyphens may be the problem.
> yes, looks like...
>> Since their algorithm converts the search term, you could try putting the 
>> Google version in the description somewhere. You could put it way at the 
>> bottom of the description, just for reference.
> Do you mean in the description on the page in the Google Play Store?
> If yes, that will not make sense, since the problem is to find that page first!
> Chicken and egg problem... :-)
> If not, please explain.
>> I very occasionally see titles like this:
>> Sehen-Hören-Merken (Sehen - Hören - Merken)
>> I wondered why but now I think I know.
>> --
>> Jacqueline Landman Gay
> Best
> Klaus
> --
> Klaus Major
> klaus at
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