Are you trying to publish you very first app on the play store but don’t know where to begin? Worry not. I am going to teach you step by step guide of publishing android apps on the Google Play Store.
1. Creating your Developer account
After making a full fledge android app, you need to create a developers account of Google. You can sign up easily if you have a Google account already.
Signing up is really simple. But here’s a thing. You have pay 25$ registration fee which is one time. You can use your credit card to pay for the fee. You need to understand all the rules and regulations created by Google in order to proceed.
2. Linking Merchant Account
If you want to publish a paid app, you have to set up a merchant account.
Here is the step by step guide to it.
- Sign in to the Play Console
- Click Download Reports
- Set up a Merchant Account
This is it. After that you need to fill out all the required information there. Once you’re done, you will be automatically linked to the developers account.
3. Adding you App
Follow the following steps to add your app.
- Go to ‘All Applications’ Tab
- Click ‘Create Application’
- Select the default Language
- Name your App
- Click ‘Create’
The name is editable. Therefore, if you’ve typed in wrong name, just don’t worry. After that, you’ll be redirected to store’s entry page. There, you will have to fill out some more details about your app.
4. Store Listing
Here, you will have to create a store listing for you app. In simple words, entering the details which will later on be shown to the customer. This step is optional as you can create a draft and then do it afterwards.
5. Product Details
There are three fields you need to fill. These contain:
- Short Description
- Long Description
Title, obviously is the title of the app. Short description is the text reader will read once they see you app on you app detail page. Short description is everything from head to toe you want to talk about your app.
Using the right keywords is the key to success for your app. But if you overdo it, it won’t do anything good.
6. Adding Graphics
Graphics are one of the most important part of your app. You can add images, videos, screenshot and Icons in this section of publishing android apps.
Some parts of this section is mandatory. For example, adding screenshot and high quality icon. But it’s recommended not to leave anything blank. More graphics will eventually get your app more audience.
7. Setting up Languages
You also have the option to add translations for your app. This will increase the scope of your app. A good developer always translates the app into most of language.
Furthermore, you can also buy automated translations provided by Google.
Choosing a category plays vital role in publishing of you android app. In this part, you have to choose the category in which type you app belongs in. From a drop down menu, you can choose whether it’s an app or a game.
With category there comes the Contact Details. Here you can enter the information such as Email and stuff by which your audience can contact you.
9. Uploading APK File
Application Package Kit is the home to your android app. It contains all the basic elements that mix up and run an Android app. There are a couple of ways to upload APK file. But Google allows it by ‘App releases’ option.
From the menu just go to ‘Release management’. From there go to ‘App releases. Here you can choose a couple of tests and add a version to your app.
10. Content Rating
You have to fill some questions by Google. These questions will rate the content of your app. If you skip this step, you app will eventually be deleted. So you need to actually enter meaningful and true information.
11. Price Set up
Before filling out various details, you need to tell google what will be the monetization method of your app. Whether it’ll be paid or free. You can always change your app from paid to free. But you cannot change it from Free to paid. So be careful at this point.
12. Publish the App
This step involves in review process and rolling out the app to Google play store. This is actually it. Now, you have to be careful in filling out all the details. Do not leave anything blank.
Try to fill as much details as possible. After filling, click on ‘Review’. Then you’ll be taken to Review and Rollout page.
In the last step just click on ‘Confirm Rollout’. And BOOM! You’ve just published your first Android App on Google Play Store