How to publish an Android App on Google Play Store?

Deploy your android application on Google Play Store

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ongratulations on developing your Android application. Now, in order to deploy your application, you can follow the stepwise procedure mentioned in this blog. However, there can be some changes as per the requirement of Google Play Console on your current time condition.

What are the pre requisitions before you go through this blog?

First of all, you are required to have a Google Play Developer Account before you dive into the blog post. Then, you are required to have a ‘Signed .apk’, the file of the Android Application that you are willing to publish in the Google Play store.

Note: If you require guidance to create your Signed .apk file, you can go through this blog provided below.

Note: If you want to know more about the difference between building an Android APK and generating a Signed APK file, you can go through my blog provided below.

What are the requirements for creating a Google Play Developer account?

For creating your own Google Play Developer Account, your age should be at least above 18 years old. If you pass this age criterion, you can use your Google account to sign up for a Developer Account. After then, you will have to accept the Developer Distribution Agreement and pay the one-time registration fee of $25. For Registration fee payment, you can use MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover (the U.S. only), Visa Electron (Outside of the U.S. only). Finally, you will be required to complete your account details.

Note: If you are willing to sign up for your Google Play Developer Account, then you can visit the link provided below.

https://play.google.com/apps/publish/signup/#

Stepwise Procedure for publishing your application in Google Play Store

Step 1: Sign in to your Google Play Console.

Note: You can visit the following link to ‘Sign In’ to your Google Play Console.

https://play.google.com/apps/publish/account=9076785621908097730#AppListPlace

Step 2: After you sign in to your Google Play Console, click on the ‘Create Application’ button as shown in the image below.

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Step 3: Now, a pop up appears where you are required to enter the ‘Title’ of your application in the text field provided.

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First of all, details regarding ‘Store Listing’ should be provided.

Step 4: After you have clicked on the ‘Create’ button that had appeared with the pop-up, you are redirected to a page as shown in the image below.

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Step 5: Here, first, you are required to provide ‘Short description’ then, a ‘Full description’ of your Android Application.

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Step 6: Now, you are required to scroll down the page until you reach the ‘Product details’ stage. Here you are required to upload the logo of your application and make sure that your icon is of 512 * 512 in size.

Note: You can resize your photo online using the website provided below.

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Step 7: In the Product details stage, after you have uploaded the ‘Logo’ of your android application, you are required to provide screenshots of your android application.

Note: Here, the ratio 2:1 means that if the width of your logo is 320px, then the height should be 640px i.e. double the width.

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Step 8: To upload the screenshots of your application, click on the ‘BROWSE FILES’ button. Then, you need to select and upload the screenshots of your android application.

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Step 9: Now, you need to provide a ‘Feature graphic’, a banner for your Android Application. So, to upload one, click on ‘Add feature graphic Drop image here’ and upload your ‘Feature graphic’.

Note: ‘Feature graphic’ should have a width of 1024 and a height of 500.

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Step 10: After you successfully upload your ‘Feature graphic’, it will be presented like in the image below. Then, you can scroll down to proceed for the next stage.

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Step 11: Here in the ‘Categorization’ stage, you are required to select ‘Application type’ and ‘Category’ from the drop-down list as shown in the image below.

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Note: As shown in the image below, the content rating is a mandatory field that should be provided in order to publish your application. However, the content rating should be provided only after uploading your ‘.apk’ file.

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Step 12: In the ‘Contact details’ stage, you need to provide the ‘Website’ and ‘Phone number’ in order to contact the developer which is not mandatory but you are required to provide your ‘Email’. Here, the text field for providing ‘Email’ is only mandatory.

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Step 13: Finally, you can now see that your ‘Store listing’ is checked as shown in the image below.

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Now, you are required to fill in the details regarding ‘App content’

Step 14: Go to the ‘App content’ from the navigation bar on your left-hand side. Then, in ‘Privacy Policy’, click on the ‘Start’ button.

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Step 15: Here, you are required to provide a privacy policy for your android application. So, copy the link to your privacy policy and paste it on the text field of ‘Privacy Policy’ as shown in the image below. Click on the ‘Save’ button.

Note: If you do not have a privacy policy, then you can generate your own privacy policy from the link provided below

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Step 16: Now, in ‘Ads’ stage, click on the ‘Start’ button.

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Step 17: If your app does not contain any sort of Ads, you are required to select ‘No, my app does not contain ads’ on the radio button otherwise select the other option i.e. ‘Yes, my app contains ads’. Then, click on the ‘Save’ button.

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Step 18: Here, in the ‘App access’ stage, click on the ‘Start’ button as shown in the image below.

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Step 19: If your app does not require any special access then select the option as ‘All functionality is available without special access’ or else select other option i.e. ‘All or some functionality is restricted’. After you have selected an option as per your application, then click on the ‘Save’ button as shown in the image below.

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Note: As shown in the image below, ‘Content ratings’ can be provided only after uploading the ‘.apk’ file. So, for now, you are required to skip this stage.

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Step 20: Here, in the ‘target audience and content’ stage, click on the ‘Start’ button as shown in the image below.

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Step 21: Now, checkmark the age group of end-users for whom your application is dedicated to.

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Step 22: After you have checkmarked the age group, click on the ‘Next’ button.

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Step 23: Now, on the ‘Store presence’ stage, click on the ‘Next’ button as shown in the image below.

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Step 24: Finally, on the ‘Summary’ stage, click on the ‘Save’ button as shown in the image below.

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Note: As shown in the image below, ‘Content ratings’ can be provided only after uploading the ‘.apk’ file. So, for now, you are required to skip this stage.

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Now, go to the ‘App releases’ option as shown in the left-hand side navigation bar.

Step 25: Here, in ‘Production track’, click on the ‘EDIT RELEASE’ button.

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Step 26: Click on the ‘BROWSE FILES’ button to upload your ‘signed .apk’ file.

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Step 27: Now, you can view your uploaded ‘signed .apk’ as shown in the image below.

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Step 28: Here, on ‘What’s new in this release?’, provide information regarding the release update.

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Now, get into the ‘Content rating’ option as shown in the left-hand side navigation bar.

Step 29: In the Content rating’ option, click on the ‘CONTINUE’ button.

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Step 30: Here in the Content Rating Questionnaire, provide ‘Email address’ and ‘Confirm Email address’ in the given text field. Then, ‘Select your app category’ from the given options.

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Step 31: Now, you are required to fill the questionnaire according to selected app category.

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Step 32: After you have completed the questionnaire, click on the ‘SAVE QUESTIONNAIRE’.

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Step 32: Then, click on the ‘CALCULATE RATING’.

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Step 32: Finally, click on the ‘APPLY RATING’ button.

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Due to the changes in ‘App release’, now you are required to update the changes in ‘App content’. So, now you need click on the ‘App content’ from the navigation bar at the left hand side.

Step 33: Here, on ‘Target audience and content’, click on the ‘Start’ button.

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Step 34: Checkmark the age group according to the updates and click on the ‘Next’ button.

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Step 35: Here, in ‘Appeal to children’, you need to determine if your application is designed for children or not. If your application is determined for children, select on ‘Yes’ in the radio button or else select ’No’ in the radio button.

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Step 36: Finally, click on the ‘Save’ button.

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In the navigation of the left-hand side, click on the ‘Pricing & distribution’ option.

Step 37: Go to the ‘Pricing & distribution’ option as shown in the navigation bar on the left-hand side.

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Step 38: Scroll down and in the countries stage, select ‘Available’ in order to make your application available in all the countries.

Note: If you are willing to release your android application only in selected countries then you are required to select the required countries manually.

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Step 39: Now, scroll down and make sure that ‘Content guidelines’ and ‘US export laws’ have been checked. Finally, then you can click on the ‘SAVE DRAFT’ button.

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Note: Make sure that in your navigation bar at the left, all tabs have been checked.

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Now, go to ‘Store Billing’ and review the section.

Step 40: Click on ‘Ready to publish’ as shown in the image below.

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Step 41: Now, a pop-up appears which says ‘Your app is ready to be published’. Here, click on the ‘MANAGE RELEASES’ button as shown in the image below.

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Now, you are redirected to ‘App releases’

Step 42: Click on the ‘EDIT RELEASE’ button.

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Step 43: Now, scroll down and click on the ‘REVIEW’ button.

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Step 44: Scroll down and click on the ‘START ROLL OUT TO PRODUCTION’ button.

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Step 45: Now, a pop-up appears regarding the confirmation for making the application available in the Google Play Store. So, for the confirmation click on the ‘CONFIRM’ button.

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Note: Now, the confirmation has been provided for deploying the application in the Google Play Store. The image provided below represents App releases details.

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Note: You can go into the ‘All application’ option from the navigation bar on the left-hand side. Here, you can see your application for deploying the android app is now pending.

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