I know you are very excited to publish your first ever android app on Google Play Store. But do you know how to launch your app on Google Play store?
Well, to do that there are many important things you will have to complete to live your app on Play store.
So, today in this article I’m going to show you the ultimate guide to publish android app on Google Play store within 10 minutes.
Here you can also find step by step on how to create a Google Developer account and manage the play console.
In this in-depth guide you’ll learn:
- Create Google Play Developer Console Account
- Link Merchant Account (Optional)
- Publish an Android App on Google Play
- Add Details to Store Listing
- Upload APK to App Release
- Apply Content Rating
- Set Up Pricing & Distribution
- Finally Rollout Release to Publish App
Sounds Good? Let’s dive right in…
- 1 Step 1: Create Google Play Developer Console Account
- 2 Step 2: Link Merchant Account (Optional)
- 3 Step 3: Publish an Android App on Google Play
- 4 Step 4: Add Details to Store Listing
- 5 Step 5: Upload APK to App Release
- 6 Step 6: Apply Content Rating
- 7 Step 7: Set Up Pricing & Distribution
- 8 Step 8: Finally Rollout Release to Publish App
Step 1: Create Google Play Developer Console Account
To publish your android app to Google play, first you need to create a Google Play developer console account.
Creating a Google Play developer console account is a very easy and straightforward process. You can use your existing Google account to sign up for the console account.
You will need to pay a one-time registration fee of $25 through debit card or credit card, after that you publish unlimited apps on your account.
Simply go to the Google Play Developer Console account creation page, it will ask you login to your google account to continue to Google Play Console.
Enter your email id or phone and password to login to your account and you will be redirected to the Google Play Console sing up page as shown in the below image.
Accept the developer agreement and tap on the continue to payment button. (Make sure you have a credit card or debit card to pay the $25 of one-time registration fees)
Next, type your credit or debit card number, expiry date, CVV or CVC code, cardholder name, and billing address.
It accepts only selected company cards such as American Express, Discover, Master Card, and Visa.
Once you enter all required information, tap on the pay button and you will receive a message like “Your payment is complete and you will receive a receipt by email”.
Sometimes it will take up to 24 hours to complete your payment. So don’t worry if your payment does not proceed instantly.
Tap on the continue registration and it will ask you to enter your personal information such as Developer name, email address, website (optional), phone number and tap on the complete registration button.
That’s it, your google play console account has been successfully created and now it’s ready to publish an android app on Google play.
Step 2: Link Merchant Account (Optional)
If your application includes the in-app purchases or people need to pay to install your app then you must need to link console with Google Payments Merchant Center.
It will help you to collect payment, tax or financial identification and withdraw to a bank account at the end of the month.
You can follow below steps to do that:
Log in to your Google play console account and tap on the Download Reports option available at the left side of the screen.
Inside the download reports, select the Financial and tap on the set up a merchant account now button.
Next, you need to fill the business information, tap on the submit button and it will automatically be linked to your console.
That’s it, now merchant account lets you manage app sales, analyze reports and monthly payout directly to the bank account.
Step 3: Publish an Android App on Google Play
Now your console account is ready to publish an app. Simply tap on the publish an android app on the Google play button as shown in the below image.
Select your default app language from the drop-down menu and enter the title of your app. Tap on the create button.
Step 4: Add Details to Store Listing
Once the new app created by following the above steps, you will be automatically redirected to the store listing page.
The store listing page decides how your app looks like in the play store. It will ask you to provide the following details.
- Title: You app name on play store and it is limit to the 50 characters.
- Short Description: It displays when users look at your app detail page and it is limited to the 80 characters.
- Full Description: Your app full description displays when a user clicks on about this app option.
- Graphic Assets: Upload your app graphics such as screenshots, high-resolution logo, feature graphics, and promo graphics. You can also upload a TV banner and daydream 360-degree stereoscopic image.
- Categorization: Select your application types like application or games and choose your app category. The content rating section covered in the next steps.
- Contact Details: Enter website name if you have, email id and phone number.
After you enter all required details tap on the save draft button.
Step 5: Upload APK to App Release
To upload your signed apk, tap on the App releases button on the left side of the screen. Here select the Manage option inside the Production track section and click on the create release.
Next, it will ask you whether you want to use Google play app sign-in feature on your app or you can also OPT-OUT to ignore this feature.
After that click on the browse file option and select your APK or App bundle file.
Once you upload the apk, click on the review button to confirm your app release information.
Step 6: Apply Content Rating
After you upload the app you can apply the content rating. To do that tap on the content rating option available on the left side of the screen.
Provide your email address and select your app category. After that start filling questions that will help to identify if there is any explicit content in your application.
Step 7: Set Up Pricing & Distribution
After you apply the content rating now it’s time to set up whether your application is free or paid and in which you want to publish your app.
Go to the Store presence and select the Pricing and distribution and select the appropriate options.
Step 8: Finally Rollout Release to Publish App
That’s it, simply tap on the Start Rollout To Production option to publish your app.
But it is always a good idea to recheck the store listing, content rating, app release, and pricing and distribution section to confirm everything is good.
Now your app reviews by the console team and it will take up to 24 hours to live your app on Google Play Store but most of the time it will live within 30 minutes.
I hope guys you enjoy this ultimate to publish an android app on google play store.
Now I’d like to hear what you have to say:
Have you ever publish your android app on Google play store?
If so, how did it go?
Let me know you thought in the comment section below.