1. After Testing, Validate your app from your Apollo Apps backend
You have generated the native Android application and tested the ad hoc version on your Android device. In the backend, you now have the option to Modify or Submit the app.
If you select Submit my application, the Changelog page (Publish > Update > Changelog) will remain locked until your app is published in the stores.
It means you can still work on your app, but not update the recent changes as long as the backend doesn't change the status of the app to Published.
You will be asked to confirm your choice to make sure you don't lock your backend by mistake.
If you are ready to submit your app to Google Play, select "Yes, submit to the stores"
2. Download your APK file and the screenshots
After you click on Validate and confirm your choice, you will be redirected to a page where you can download the APK file and auto generated screenshots of your app (the screenshots file also contains your app icon).
You will need these to submit your app on Google Play.
Then log in to https://play.google.com/apps/publish and start the submission of your app.
Remember that in order to submit your app to Google Play, you must own a Google Publisher account.
3. Add a new app to your Google Play Developer Console
When you log in, click on the button "Add a new app", and fill in the information about the default language of your app and its name that will be displayed on Google Play.
Then you have the following choices : Import your APK file or Fill in the Google Play Store information.
We recommend that you start by importing the APK file.
4. Step 1 - Upload your APK production file
On the next page, click on the green button "Import your APK production file".
Browse your files and select the APK file downloaded from your Apollo Apps backend after Validating.
(Caution: Do not upload the AdHoc APK file, this file cannot be published on Google Play)
If this the first time you are submitting this app on Google Play, you should see the app version 1.0 on the page after the file has been uploaded.
Once the first step is completed, the field APK file on the top left menu has a green stamp.
5. Step 2 - Play Store information
It is now time to fill in the information that will be displayed on Google Play, so click on the "Play Store information" section in the top left menu.
Here you must register various information about your app.
We will only speak about the mandatory information. Everything we do not mention is optional.
Title: The title of your app (its name) is already filled out, but you have the option to edit it.
Description: Write a presentation to inform your users of the app's features and its purpose.
- Telephone: Upload at least 2 screenshots of your app for Android phones (you can use the automatically generated screenshots downloaded from your Apollo Apps backend, or make your own screenshots directly on your test device using the AdHoc version of your app).
- High resolution icon: Upload the icon provided with the screenshots you downloaded from your Apollo Apps backend. The dimensions of this icon are 512px X 512px.
- Type of Application: In the dropdown list you have the choice between "Application" and "Game". Select "Application".
- Category: Select the category of your app, its main topic (News, Lifestyle, Entertainment...)
- Content rating: Indicate the classification level for the content of your app. You must determine which audience can access your app.
"Everyone" means that the content can be viewed by all types of audiences, including children, Level 3 is for a broad audience, Level 2 is for a narrower audience and Level 1 is restricted to adults.
Personal information :
- Website : Your website.
- Email Address : A contact email address.
- Telephone (optional) : If you want, you can also put your phone number, but this is not mandatory.
When you are done filling in the information and uploading the images. Make sure to save the modifications by clicking on the top green button and go to the next step on the top left menu.
6. Step 3 - Pricing and availability
ATTENTION : ONCE THE APPLICATION IS PUBLISHED ON GOOGLE PLAY, THE SETTINGS OF THIS WHOLE SECTION CAN NEVER BE CHANGED
This means that if you register your app as FREE, you can no longer change it to a Paid app.
Same applies to the countries of distribution, you cannot edit this setting afterwards.
Here you determine whether the app will be downloaded for free or for a price determined by you.
If you want to sell your app, you will be requested to create a Merchant Account associated to your Developer Account.
Here you can select the countries where your app will be distributed. You have the possibility to select specific countries, or to select all of the countries on the list.
Do not check the box regarding Google Play for Education.
Check (at least) the last 2 boxes.
7. Step 4 (and final step) - Save your information and publish your app on the Play Store
Save your modifications by clicking on the top green button. Make sure all 3 steps of the process has a green stamp. Meaning all steps have been successfully completed.
The status at the top right of your screen should now display "Ready to publish".
Click on this button, and in the dropdown list select "Publish this app".
8. Your app is now published
The app status on the top right is now "Published".
A message in a yellow band on the top of the screen informs you that the app is published, but it can take a few hours before it is available throughout Google Play.