Smartphones are one of the most important devices for consumers. More than 60% of people sleep with their phones next to them and check them first thing in the morning. Given the user-phone relationship, start-ups and entrepreneurs have effectively capitalized on the opportunity by producing applications for nearly everything. To keep their audience engaged, almost every business, even retail stores, has a mobile app. It’s likely that you’re planning to develop your own mobile app by now. What better way to reach billions of people than through the Google Play Store?
If you’ve ever wondered how to submit an app to Google Play, this is the answer for you!
Let’s get started!
Step 1 – Make a Developer Account.
To publish an app to the Google Play Store, you’ll need a developer account, but the procedure is much easier than it appears. In four easy steps, you may establish an account:
- Use your Google account to log in.
- Accept the Developer’s Agreement
- Pay a $25 registration fee.
- Fill up your account information.
Step 2 – Make A Google Wallet Merchant and Connect it to Your Developer Account.
A merchant account is essential to accept payments from customers who want to download the app or purchase in-app items. The merchant account will receive all of the payments. And making one isn’t that difficult.
Before you submit an app to the Google Play Store, you must first register a Google Wallet Merchant account:
- Use your developer account to log in.
- Select Reports from the menu bar.
- Choose Financial Reports.
- Go to Set Up a Merchant Account Now.
- Fill in your company’s information.
- Then press the Submit button.
Your developer account will be linked to your merchant account.
Step 3 – Upload the App on Play Store
You may now publish the app to the Play Store after registering the merchant account. Many entrepreneurs and companies are hesitant to submit an app to the Google Play Store. Continue reading to find out how simple it is.
Here’s what you should do:
- Select All Applications from the menu.
- Select Add a New Application from the drop-down menu.
- From the drop-down option, select the default language.
- Enter a title for your app that is no longer than 30 characters long.
You have two choices for submitting your app to the Google Play Store at this stage. You have the option of uploading an APK or preparing a store listing.
Step 4 – Upload the Android Package Kit
The Android Package Kit, or APK, is a file format for storing, distributing, and installing software on Android devices. The APK may be dragged and dropped into the box or browsed and navigated to be uploaded.
Here’s how you can do it:
- Select Release Management from the menu.
- Choose App Releases.
- Choose between an internal test, a closed test, an open test, or a production release for the initial release.
- Select Create Release.
- To upload the APK files, follow the instructions.
If you want to test your app with a certain group of people, you may do it with an internal test, a closed test, or an open test. Choose a production release if you’re ready to show out your software to a large audience. However, before launching the app to a large public, it is essential that you extensively test it with a smaller audience.
Step 5 – Prepare Store Listing
To upload your app to the Play Store, you must put in information about it in this phase. You may either complete the information in one sitting or save a draft and finish it later. In addition, it is recommended consulting with your marketing and branding teams for this phase in order to establish the exact app profile that your company requires.
Here’s everything you’ll need to get started:
- Add a 50-character app title, an 80-character short description, and a 150-character long description (up to 4000 characters).
- Screenshots, photos, symbols, videos, and other graphic material can be added to the app.
- Add extra language translations to your app. You have the option of purchasing translations or adding your own.
- Sort your app into the appropriate type and category.
- Users will be able to reach you if you include your contact information. An email address is required, but you may also include your phone number and website.
- In the eyes of the users, the information you enter will establish a persona for the app. It will assist them in deciding whether or not to download the app, so be cautious!
Step 6 – Add Content Rating
If the app isn’t rated, it’ll almost certainly be deleted from the Google Play Store. In the Play Console, choose the app and then select Store Presence from the menu. The rating aids in attracting the app’s target audience. However, make sure you provide accurate data and a fair evaluation.
A fraudulent rating will not only mislead customers, but it may also result in the app being suspended or withdrawn from the Google Play Store.
Step 7 – Select a Pricing and Distribution Model
We’re nearing the end of the process of publishing an app to the Play Store. You may pick whether your application is paid or free. You may move from a premium app to a free one later on Google Play Store, but not from a free app to a charged one. As a result, be cautious while deciding on a price model.
After that, choose the countries where you want your application to be distributed. You can choose to distribute your application to all nations or to certain countries. You may also tailor your app to certain Android applications and devices.
Step 8 – Publish your App
Before hitting Publish Your App, go back and double-check that you’ve done all of the steps. Any cautions, missing information, or other mistakes that may cause a stumbling block will be communicated to you. Before proceeding, review, review, and then review some more.
The app will be made available in all of the countries you specify.
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