Once the development and testing phases are complete, the moment of truth comes: the very moment you publish your application on Google Play. It’s time to show your application to users and wait for downloads to start. Find out how to publish an Android application step by step.
How to upload your application to Google Play step by step
Once you have downloaded several applications, you will see that the process is simpler. However, publishing a request for the first time can be complicated if you are not familiar with the process.
Google Play has a whole series of rules and requirements that you must comply with in order for your application to reach users. Take a look at our advice.
Step 1: Create a developer account
If this is the first time you download an application, you must create a developer account on Google Play. To do this, you will need a Google Account and the information you are asked for.
Once you have accepted the developer’s distribution agreement, you must pay the registration fee: a one-time fee of $25. You can then include your account information. Your developer name will be displayed to users, but you can then add other contact information: website, contact email and physical address.
In addition, if your application offers purchases in the application or a paid version, you must also configure a payment profile. This profile will allow you to control monthly payments and access sales reports from Play Console.
If this is the first time you download an application, you will first need to create a developer account on Google Play.
Step 2: Create a new application
Now that you have set up your Play Console account, it’s time to upload your application to Google Play.
Go to the menu, select’All applications’ and click on’Create an application’. You must now select a default language and add the title of the application that will appear in the shop. However, don’t worry if you’re still not sure: you can change it later.
Step 3: Create and fill a Play Store list
Before you can publish your application, you must complete the Play Store tab. The list contains the information that users will see and that will allow them to find you through their search results.
Therefore, even if some fields are mandatory and others optional, we recommend that you complete them all. The more information you include, the easier it will be for your application to appear in their search results.
Step 4: Download the APK of your application
Now is the time to download the source code or APK of your application. However, you will need to create a version of the application before you can download your APK. You can create application versions in Play Console by going to the’Version Management’ menu and clicking on’App releases’.
You will be able to choose whether you want to publish an internal test, a closed test for a large group of testers, an open test or whether you want to directly create a production version that will be available to all users of the application.
Step 5: Define the classification of the content of your application
Google Play applications must provide users with information about their age. It is of utmost importance that you complete the content evaluation questionnaire after downloading the source code. Otherwise, your request will be listed as “unrated” and may eventually be removed from the store.
To do this, select the application on Play Console, then select “Store presence” from the left menu and finally click on “Content rating”.
Step 6: Define the price and distribution of your application
The first step is to decide whether your application will be free or not. Keep in mind that you will always be able to convert a paid application into a free application, but not the other way around. At this point, you can also select the countries in which you want your application to be available.
Step 7: Submit the application for review
Before issuing your press release, review the information you have already provided. Make sure that the name is correct, that the Play Store list contains relevant information, etc. You will see that each section will have a green control if all the information fields have been filled in.
At this point, you just have to go back to the’App releases’ section, check the version you want to launch and select ‘Review and rollout release’ to check that there is no problem with the version. Finally, you simply select ‘Confirm deployment’ to download the application to Google Play Store.
Step 8: Waiting
You must now wait until the deployment version is available in the store. The validation process may take a few days if this is your first request. However, the wait can be reduced to a few hours only once you have already downloaded several applications.
Let us find the most appropriate development team for your application and take care of the entire process. This way, your application will be downloaded into the store sooner than you think.