[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Excited about launching your first app? Here is a step-by-step guide on how to publish it on the Google Play Store for your Android users.
With over 1 billion monthly active users, Google Play is arguably one of the largest platforms for distributing, promoting, and selling Android apps.
Create a Developer Account
Before you can publish any app on Google Play, you need to create a Developer Account. You can easily sign up for one using your existing Google Account.
The sign-up process is fairly straightforward, and you’ll need to pay a one-time registration fee of $25. After you’ve reviewed and accepted the Developer Distribution Agreement, you can proceed to make the payment using your credit or debit card.
To finish the sign-up process, fill out all your necessary account details, including your Developer Name, which will be visible to your customers on Google Play. You can always add more details later.
Also, do remember that it can take up to 48 hours for your registration to be fully processed.
First, you need to have the APK file of your app (downloaded thanks to the APK generator or compiled with Android Studio).
Once you have created a Google Play Developer account (and paid the $25 fee to Google), go to https://play.google.com/apps/publish and log in to your Google Play account.
1. Click All Applications and then click Create application.
2. Select your Default Language, enter your app Title and click Create.
3. The Store Listing tab.
4. In Product Details enter the Short and Full description of your app.
5. For the Graphic Assets, for Hi-res icon click + Add high-res icon or drop the icon to add your app icon (512×512).
6. Then for Phone Screenshots, click BROWSE FILES or drop a screenshot to add screenshots of your app.
You must provide at least 2 screenshots of your app.
7. Feature Graphic. Click + Add feature graphic or Drop a Feature Graphic. This image will be displayed at the top of your Store Listing page in the Play Store.
8. You can also add a Promo Graphic and a Promo Video (YouTube video URL) to promote your app, but it is optional.
9. For Categorization, select your Application Type and Category. You can also add Tags.
10. For Contact Details, enter your Website (optional), Email and Phone number (optional).
11. Click Save Draft.
12. Click on the App Releases tab and click on Manage in the Production track section.
13. Click on Create release.
14. To view the message Google Play App Signing, click on OPT-OUT.
Then drag and drop your APK file or click BROWSE FILES, and browse to your APK file.
Then click on Save.
15. Click on the Content Rating tab. Review the information and click Continue.
16. Enter your email address.
17. Select a category and complete the questionnaire.
18. Once you have completed the questionnaire, click Save questionnaire.
Then click Calculate rating,
and to finish click Apply rating.
19. Click on the Pricing & Distribution tab.
20. Choose the User program (generally Managed Google Play), then choose your app’s type, Free or Paid.
If you want to publish a paid app, you must add a merchant account to your Google Play Account.
Note: Once an app is published as Free, it is not possible to change to Paid.
21. In Countries, select Available to distribute your app to all regions, or select specific countries from the list.
22. For User Programs, you can choose to opt-in to the Managed Google Play option (optional).
23. For Consent, you can choose to opt-in to the Marketing opt-out option (optional). Read the Android Content guidelines and select the check-box to indicate that your app meets the guidelines.
Then read the US export laws, and select the check-box.
24. Click Save Draft.
25. Click on the App content tab. You will have to fill in each section.
Select if your app contains ads or not (if you use AdMob for your app, select Yes).
C. App Access
Select the app access type. If you select “All or some functionality is restricted” you will have to provide instructions and a demo account.
D. Target audience and Content
Answer the question and click on NEXT.
Check your answers and click on Save.
26. If everything is alright, the App releases, Store Listing, Content Rating, App content and Pricing & distribution tabs will have a green check mark. If not, something is missing and you won’t be able to submit your app.
27. Return to App releases tab and click on Edit Release.
Then click on Review.
For the next step you can see a warning message.
This is just a warning message as it does not prevent you from publishing your app on the Google Play Store.
Ultra Apps does not generate AABs (Android App Bundle), only APK files.
However, the APK files generated by Ultra Apps are already reduced in size.
Click on Start rollout to production.
And to finish click on Confirm.
Voila! Your app has been submitted.
(The status of your app is now Pending publication and it will be available on the Google Play Store within a few hours.)