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Uploading Your Android Apps

Last Updated: May 19, 2015 02:57PM PDT

The Android upload process is far quicker and simpler than the Apple upload process. From start to finish, it takes no more than about 20 minutes, and your Android app will begin appearing in Google Play within 24-48 hours at most.

There is no cost to republish, so errors with Publish Step info can easily be corrected with an update. All you need is your APK file (which we'll send to you, if you'll be uploading your own Android apps) and the app icon file. Check out Google's help article for instructions straight from the source.


 

How-To

1. Log into the Google Developer Console using your Google Developer login credentials.


2. Click "All applications" in the left-side menu, then click "Add new application."



3. A screen will pop up, prompting you to enter a title (your app's name) and upload your APK file. Input the name and click Upload APK.
 



4. This brings you to a new screen. Click "Upload your first APK to Production," then select the file you just downloaded. The file will process, then a green checkmark will appear next to the APK section on the left-side menu. Your upload details will also appear below the PRODUCTION CONFIGURATION section.





5. Click the Store Listing section from the left-side menu. Here you'll enter all the metadata for your app—in other words, the content that actually appears in Google Play when a user views your app listing.
  • Title: the name of your app
  • Short description: a brief introduction to your app (limited to 80 characters)
  • Full description: a more extensive overview, like the one you filled out in Step 5, which includes info about the business and what tools the app provides to users
  • Screenshots: images of your app taken on an Android device (Note: It's not necessary to upload screenshots for different device sizes. Keep in mind, all screenshots will display on all devices, so you'll get duplicates if you upload the same screenshot in different sizes.)
  • Icon: the app icon that appears in Google Play alongside your app listing
  • Feature Graphic: much like a header photo, this displays at the top of your app listing (see here for an example)
  • Categorization: includes Application type (select Applications), Category (industry the app falls under), and Content rating (maturity level)
  • Contact Details: includes Website, Email, and Phone (not mandatory); you're welcome to include your own info or your client's
  • Privacy Policy: if you have a privacy policy specific to this app, enter the URL here; if not, just check the box for "Not submitting a privacy policy URL at this time."

6. Move onto Pricing & Distribution.
  • Click Paid or Free, depending on your preference. (Note: You cannot change an app from Free to Paid, so it's important to set a price initially if you'd like to charge for it.)
  • Check the boxes for countries you'd like the app available for download in.
  • Check the boxes for "Content guidelines" and "US export laws."



​7. You should now have three green checkmarks next to APK, Store Listing, and Pricing & Distribution.


8. After this information is completely filled out, you'll see your Android app is "Ready to Publish." Click the button at the top right corner to do so. If no errors appear, your app will be available in the Android market with the next 24 hours. Congrats!

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