After you finish developing an app, you need a way for people to use the app on their Android devices.
The only way to do this is to publish your app to the Google Play Store.
This is quite an extensive task and it involves loads of steps but once you submit your app to the Play Store, people can have access to it.
Follow these simple steps to learn how to upload and publish an app to the Google play store.
1. Sign up for Play Publisher
- Go to Google Play Console to create a Play publisher Sign in with your Gmail address and password to create an account.
- Click on the ‘agree to terms and conditions’ box.
- Click ‘Continue to Payment’. This is at the bottom right of the page.
- Enter your payment details and pay $25. You need to enter your card number, expiration date, and security number.
- Click Pay to make the transaction. Once the payment goes through, you’ll be taken to account profile section.
- Fill in your Account details to create a profile:
- Developer name – the name of the developer will publish the app.
- Email address – same email you used to sign up.
- Website – your website address if you have one.
- Phone number – your mobile phone number.
- Click Complete Registration to complete the registration.
2. Add the Information About your App
- Click All Applications in the left menu
- Click Create Application. This is the blue button at the top right.
- Under Title, add the apps name
- Click Create
- Add the information about your app:
- Short description – Describe the function of your app
- Full description – Describe your app in a lot of detail. Add its function, how to use it, it’s features and how many updates it’s had.
- Click Add screenshot and upload screenshots of the app. You can upload several pictures from your computer
- Add different images for your app:
- Add hi-res icon – this is the icon that will be shown in Google Play Store for your app. When people download it, this is the icon that’ll be on their screen.
- Add feature graphic – this is the banner behind the icon in Google Play Store.
- Put a link to a video of your app. This can be a link to a YouTube video of your app.
- Select the Application type. This can either be an application or a game.
- Choose a category. This is things like food, business, entertainment, travel etc.
- Fill in a questionnaire about content rating.
- Enter your website link.
- Enter an email address.
- Click Save Draft.
3. Upload your Apps APK File
- Click App Releases.
- Click the Manage Production
- Click Create Release.
- Click Not Now.
- Click Upload APK in the top right.
- Click Browse Files.
- Choose your apps APK. This is the apps APK files.
- Click Review at the bottom. This confirms and submits that apps release information.
4. Set a Content Rating for your App
- Click the Content Rating on the menu.
- Click Continue.
- Enter your email address. You’ll also need to confirm it.
- Select your app category
- Fill in the survey for your app rating. This tells Google if there’s anything explicit in the app.
- Click Save Questionnaire
- Click Calculate Rating. This shows you all the different types of rating your app’s going to have.
- Click Apply Rating.
5. Add Pricing & Distribution Information
- Click Pricing & Distribution in the left menu.
- Select either a PAID or FREE Pricing option. This is going to be the price that’ll be displayed to people who want to download the app.
- Check the Available Checking this option allows anyone in any country to download your app. If you don’t want someone in a certain country to download your app, check that country in the Unavailable column.
- Choose a Child-directed If your app is suitable for children under the age of 13, check yes for Primary Child-Detected. If not, check No.
- Choose an ad Preference. If your app contains ads, check Yes. If not, check No.
6. Publish your App
- Click App releases on the left.
- Click Manage Production.
- Click Edit Release.
- Click Review at the bottom.
- Click Start rollout to production.
- Click Confirm in the prompt. This sends all the information about your app to Google which allows them to review it. Once your app has been reviewed, it should publish in the Play Store within 2 hours after you confirmed the rollout.