As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, the .AAB (Android App Bundle) file format is the preferred format for publishing Android apps on Google Play. However, you mentioned that you are facing issues when uploading the .AAB file with a PAD (Pre-Installed Apps Details) file to Google Play. There could be a few reasons why you are experiencing this issue. Here are some possible explanations and solutions:

  1. PAD File Format Issues: The Pre-Installed Apps Details (PAD) file format must follow specific guidelines provided by Google Play. Ensure that your PAD file adheres to the correct format and includes all the required fields. Any errors in the PAD file can prevent successful uploading to Google Play.

  2. Unsupported File Formats: Make sure that you are uploading the correct files to Google Play. The .AAB file should be the final Android App Bundle that you generate from your development environment. Additionally, the PAD file should be in the correct format as required by Google Play.

  3. Invalid or Missing Credentials: Ensure that you are uploading the .AAB and PAD files with the correct Google Play Developer account credentials and permissions. Verify that you have the necessary permissions to upload apps on behalf of your organization or team.

  4. Google Play Console Updates: Google Play Console undergoes regular updates, and sometimes there might be issues specific to certain versions or features. Check if there are any updates or known issues related to uploading .AAB files and PAD files on the Google Play Console.

  5. Regional Restrictions: Google Play might have specific regional restrictions that could affect uploading .AAB files with PAD files. Check if there are any restrictions specific to your region or country.

  6. Temporary Service Outage: Sometimes, Google Play services might experience temporary outages or issues that can affect the uploading process. In such cases, it's best to wait for a while and try again later.

If you have checked all the above points and are still facing issues with uploading .AAB files and PAD files to Google Play, it's recommended to reach out to Google Play Developer Support for further assistance. They can provide more specific guidance and help you resolve the uploading issues. You can contact Google Play Developer Support through the Google Play Console or the support channels provided by Google.

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