If you are planning to launch your own mobile app and reach billions of users, then use the Google play store.
Here’s a guide to help you with that!
Steps to upload apps on Google Play :
1- Create a developer account.
2- Create a merchant account for Google Wallet, and link it to your developer account.
3- Upload the app on the Google Play Store.
4- Upload the Android Package Kit.
5- Prepare the store menu.
6- Adding content classification.
7- Choose the pricing and distribution model.
8- Publish the application.
First; How do I create my own developer account?
This is done in four simple steps:
- Log in with your Google account.
- Accept the developer agreement.
- Pay the registration fee.
- Complete account details.
Second; What is the importance of a merchant account for Google Wallet? How do I create it and link it to my developer account?
A merchant account is required to receive payments made by users for downloading the app or for purchases made within it, and all payments are received via it.
As for its creation, it will be in seven simple steps:
- Log in with your developer account.
- Go to the menu and click on (Reports).
- Define financial reports.
- Click (Set up a merchant account now).
- Add work details.
- Click (Send).
- The merchant account will be linked to your developer account.
Third; How do I upload the app to the Google Play Store?
It is not difficult, just take the following steps:
- From the menu, select all apps.
- Click add a new application.
- Choose the default language from the drop-down list.
- Add a title to your app, no more than 30 characters long.
You will have two options to continue uploading the application; Either upload the APK package or create a store menu.
Fourth; What is the Android Package Kit? How do I upload it?
Android Package Kit is a file format for the Android system, which stores, distributes and installs applications on Android devices.
The Android Package Kit file can be uploaded by dragging and dropping it, or by browsing and navigating through the following steps:
- From the menu, we choose (version management).
- We define application versions.
- We choose the release type for the first version of an internal test, a closed test, an open test, or a production version.
If you plan to test your app among specific users, choose from internal testing, closed testing, or open testing.
If you are ready to present your app to the public, choose the production version.
It is recommended that you thoroughly test the app with a smaller audience before a massive launch.
- We choose (Create version).
- We follow the instructions to download the Android Package Kit files.
Fifth; What is required to prepare the store menu?
In this step, you are asked to fill in information about your application to upload it to the Google Play Store, and you can either complete the information in one go or save a draft and come back later to complete it.
We also recommend that you consult with your marketing and branding team to complete this step, and create the correct application profile your business needs.
Here’s what you’ll do:
- Add an application title (up to 50 characters), a short description (up to 80 characters), and a full description (up to 4000 characters).
- Insert application screenshots, images, icons, videos, and other graphic content.
- Add translation for your app in other languages (you can either buy the translations or add your own translated version).
- Categorize your app into an appropriate type and category.
- Add your contact details so that users can communicate with you.
(It is necessary to include an email address, and you can also add your phone number and your website).
The information you enter will create the personality of the app in the minds of users, and this will help them decide whether they want to download the app.
So be careful, accurate, and clear!
Sixth; What is the importance of adding content classification?
The content rating helps attract the relevant audience to the app, and there is a high probability that the app will be removed from the Google Play Store if it is not rated well and properly.
Therefore, select the application in the Play Console, and click on Store Presence from the menu.
And make sure to provide accurate information and correct classification, because wrong evaluation will not only mislead users but also suspend or remove the application from the Google Play Store.
Seventh; Choosing the pricing and distribution model:
You can choose your app to be either paid or free.
Google Play Store allows you to change from a paid application to a free application, but the opposite is rejected.
So be careful when choosing your pricing model.
Once done, choose the countries in which you want to distribute your app (all countries or specific countries).
You can also choose specific Android software and devices for your application.
Eighth and last; publishing the application:
Before everything else, go back and make sure to complete all the previous steps before you click (Publish Application).
You will be notified of any warnings, missing information, or other errors that may be a problem.
After that, you can publish the application to the countries you specified, and you can also get popular Android applications.
Be aware that the task does not end once you create and upload the application, there are more than 2.9 million applications on the Google Play Store, and you need an active marketing strategy to show your application to users.
And you must always remember that running the application is not a one-time job, but rather that it requires continuous efforts to make it succeed and remain in the competitive field.