After designing, modeling, coding, and testing your Android app, the time has come to publish it to the wider community. And nothing more natural than making it available on the largest network of Android apps there is: Google Play.
So let’s deploy an app on Google Play
For this, some requirements are required. It’s not enough to just take the apk file and submit it for publication. Many end up not entering the information correctly, which negatively impacts their app downloads and ratings.
So, to answer all your questions, Antechamber has designed a tutorial on how to deploy an app on Google Play correctly. There are 16 steps that we must follow, accompanied by images to facilitate understanding.
- Access the Google Developer Console
To start publishing the app, we need to go to the Google developer console. It’s always worth remembering that a developer account is required for this. The amount to be paid is U $ 25.00, which is paid only once. When entering the console home screen, we must click the “Add new app” button, which is located in the upper right corner.
- Next, we must enter the application title and default language. After entering the data, we will select the option “Send APK”.
- A screen with the application’s general panel is displayed. On the left side are various sections grouped by type of information that the developer must enter: “APK”, “App Details”, “Content Rating” and “Price and Distribution”.
- The first category is related to APK. In it, we must upload the application. Therefore, we must click on “Submit APK first for production”.
- The console will display a window for selecting the app on the local computer.
- After uploading the apk, the Google console will summarize the devices that are available with your app, the deleted devices and the current version.
- Now let’s go to the “App Details” category. It should fill in the title that will be displayed on the device, a short description and a full description of the application. You can enter this information in multiple languages. Be very careful when filling in these fields as they will be used for future searches and on search engines such as Google. Try to use words that fit well with the purpose of the application.
- Following is the visual description of the app, where we should upload some screenshots (at least 3). You must also enter two images with the following resolutions: one 512 x 512 and one 1024 x 500.
- In the “Content rating” section, we should answer a few questions to find out what content rating our app is in. Click the “Continue” button to begin the analysis.
- Select the app category.
- Answer the questions regarding the information the application handles.
- Content rating will be calculated.
- In “Pricing and Distribution” we will tell you where the application may be distributed. You can choose one or more countries, one or more continents, or all countries on the globe. We will also select whether it will be a free or paid app. If paid, you will need to fill in the amount. Attention, if it is marked as free, it cannot become paid.
- We should also inform if the app has ads.
- Finally, with all required information filled in, the time has come to publish the application. The Google console will enable the “Publish app” button located in the upper right corner when all the required information is filled in.
In sections with full data, a green marker is displayed on the left side of the section name. Then we will click on “Publish app” and you’re done. It’s done. We should now wait a few hours for your app to be available on Google Play.
As we can see, deploying an app on Google play requires filling in a lot of information. While on the one hand this can be a bit laborious, on the other hand it shows a greater professionalism and zeal on the part of the developer. This will let your future customers know that apps developed by you or your company have quality and commitment to your audience.