Clover Code Freeze 2019 Dates

October 9th, 2019

We’ve almost reached the season where every radio station is playing slightly different versions of “Let it Snow” and Clover merchants are gearing up for the oncoming increase in sales.

To accommodate merchants during this increase in customer spending, Clover enacts a code freeze on releases, which we have historically expanded to third-party apps.

This year, we’ve re-examined our policies and have decided to change the way we approach app and APK approvals from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Here’s the high-level view of how we’ll be handling apps and APKs.


App approvals will continue through the holiday season

Since holiday spending affects a subset of merchant verticals, we will continue with app approvals through the holidays. Merchants browsing the App Market through the holiday rush are more likely to sell in a vertical unaffected by holiday shopping.

APK approvals will freeze from November 23rd – December 2nd and again from December 14th – January 2nd

Between these dates, no APKs will be approved for publication.

Between December 2nd and December 14th, we will be approving APKs on a case-by-case basis

If your app is not a semi-integration and doesn’t include any write permissions to run, we will approve the APK normally. Any other APK update will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If your APK fixes critical bugs in your app, email [email protected] with an explanation about the fixes you’re enacting, and we will evaluate whether or not we can allow the update.

Clover will be observing a code freeze between November 15th and January 2nd

During this time, we will not be updating APIs, SDKs, to or other services.

App approvals will also pause November 23rd – December 2nd, as well as December 24th – January 2nd

We are excited to approve your app as quickly as possible; however, many of our team members will be celebrating the holidays with their families. We appreciate your patience during these weeks.

We've created a graphic to help visualize the timeline of APK approvals.

Happy holidays!
Clover team