Submitting An App To Play Store

Submitting An App To Play Store

After days and months of sacrificing your sleep patterns, you have finally built an app you are proud of and have now reached the climax — you are finally ready to publish your app on app store

 

Wait! Wondering how to do that? You don't need to hire a mobile app developer.

 

After spending over 4 years in mobile development, I think I'm in a reliable position to assist you guys from being a zero to a hero on how to publish an app on Play Store for free

 

We will only be focusing on the Android App Development so, assuming that you have a Google Play Console account already and a generated signed .aab or .apk file which we will later attach to the play store app bundle, go ahead and publish it.

You can locate these files here:
> App Bundle - myFirstApp/android/app/build/outputs/bundle/app-release.aab
> APK - myFirstApp/android/app/build/outputs/apk/app-release.apk

You can use any of the above but using a .aab is recommended as App Bundles(.aab) are a publishing format, whereas APK (Android application package) is the packaging format that eventually will be installed on the device.

Let’s have a look at the Google Play Console to app publish on Play Store.

app publish on play store

 

Once you log in to your Google Play Console account, you will land on the above page displaying a list of all the apps you have. Since you are a fresher, you’ll have none. Yes, ZERO.

 

 

Create App


Before you move to app publish for free, you need to create the app in the best way possible. Clicking on Create app will lead you here.:


create app

 

The first part of creating an app is adding details of your app. 

  1. App Name: Unique app name which has never been used before for any other app.
  2. Default Language: Will be auto-selected as English. But, you can change it.
  3. App or Game: Define if the app is a game or a normal app.
  4. Free or Paid: Believe me, When it comes to thinking about how much does it cost to publish an app on Play Store, it’s best to give it for free. 

declaration
It’s mandatory to check the above to proceed further!
create app & declaration
So, if you want to test your app before releasing it, you can go ahead and publish it as an internal app under internal beta testing. But, now that we planned on publishing it LIVE, let’s just focus on that.

releases


Click on Production under the Release types which you can access from the sidebar.
production

First, you’ll need to create a new release and choose whether or not you want to use the Google Play app signing. Letting the releases be signed by Google Play is recommended.

 

Click on upload to select the .aab file from your local drive. There will be no apps under the library as you have not yet uploaded any app bundles but, once you add a new bundle every time it will list all bundles under the library and you’ll directly get an option to select from the library.
release details

 

When you go to enlist the steps to publish the android application, don't forget to name your release, as it will define the uniqueness of the app release versions on the store. Additionally, you can also add release notes to specify what changes or new updates you have made to your app so the general public is aware of the updates on your new release.

 

Hit the Review button and save it for later as we’ll now add more details about the app to make a great first impression and help users find and engage with your app through your store listing.
 

Store Listing

store listing

 

Edit information like your app’s name, icon, description, screenshots, and video to increase discoverability and drive downloads.

 

Let’s proceed.

 

main store listing

Make sure to use appropriate keywords in the above to increase the chances of your app showing up in searches. Enter app details such as a short description of the app and a more extended description.

 

The short description is the text users will see when looking at your app’s Store Listing from the Google Play Store.

 

The extended description of your app should include enticing app features and what users can accomplish. This description appears in the app store and cannot be longer than 4000 characters.

 

 

Graphics & Screenshots
graphics and screenshots

 

To make your app look cooler on the store, it’s very important to add crystal clear and perfect app icons and screenshots. This will also make the app look professional and genuine. The app icon and screenshots will convey the story about your app along with the originality of what it promises to deliver to the audience. 

I have been using https://appicon.co/ for generating good-quality app icons.
You can also add a video by entering a YouTube URL. This video must be in landscape mode along with strictly public or unlisted, ads must be turned off, and it must not be age-restricted.

 

With this, the next thing to add is 3 types of screenshots:

  1. Phone screenshot
  2. 7-inch tablet screenshot
  3. 10-inch tablet screenshot

phone

tablet screenshots

 

Better to read the guidelines You can use https://hotpot.ai/ for Featured Graphis as well as App Screenshots. This can also be helpful if you are looking for not-so-classy screenshots.

 

Monetize
 

We specified the app to be free initially when we added the app details. You can still change it to a paid app. But, the app hasn't been published yet, so you can change whether it's free or paid. Once you've published, there is no going back. 

app pricing

There are other things that you can add based on the app type.
other things

 

App Privacy and Content


Protecting kids and safeguarding their privacy is a responsibility we all share. When designing a great experience for children and families, it's important to keep in mind the policies and requirements of Google Play.

 

Things to consider:

  1. Carefully consider who your app is for before you declare the age of your target audience
  2. If your target audience includes children, comply with our Families policies
  3. If your target audience doesn't include children, make sure your marketing doesn't unintentionally attract them


Privacy Policy


You must add a privacy policy if your target audience includes children under 13. Check the User Data policy to avoid common violations. Add a privacy policy to your store listing to help provide transparency about how you treat sensitive user and device data. 

 

Ads


Let the Play Store know whether your app contains ads. This includes ads delivered by third-party ad networks as well. Make sure this information is accurate and kept up to date.
 

App Access


Provide instructions on how to access restricted parts of your app. If parts of your app are restricted based on login credentials, memberships, location, or other forms of authentication, provide instructions on how to access them. Google may use this information to review your app. It won't be shared or used for any other reason. 

 

Content ratings

Complete the content rating questionnaire to receive official content ratings for your app. Ratings are displayed on Google Play to help users identify whether your app is suitable for them. Receive ratings for your app from official rating authorities

 

Target audience and content


You must let us know the target age group of your app and other information about its contents. This helps make sure that apps designed for children are safe and appropriate.
 

Data safety

This is again a questionnaire and in this questionnaire, you'll be asked to provide information about the user data collected or shared by your app. The information you provide will be shown on your store listing to help users better understand your app's privacy, security, and data handling practices before they download it.

 

Review and Release


Once you confirm everything is correct, you can go back to the Production app release screen using the sidebar menu. Hit “START ROLLOUT TO PRODUCTION,” and that will push it out, publishing it to the store. 

 

Once you upload the app, all there is left to do now is to just wait for your application to get approved. There is no fixed time limit for publishing an application on the Google Play store. 

 

Though the process of submitting an application through the Google Play Store Console is simple and concise, the duration of your app getting reviewed and selected can vary between hours and days.
 

Once the app is reviewed, you’ll receive a notification on Google Console Dashboard

 

And you’re ready to go! 

Congratulations! You’ve now successfully rolled out your app! And you didn't need to hire a mobile app developer.

 

If you need any more information on publishing a mobile app to the stores in Salesforce, publishing a mobile app to the stores in Java, or to the cloud, get in touch with our native app development team of experts right away.

Akshay Mulgavker
Akshay Mulgavker
Sr. Software Engineer
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