Submitting to Google Play Store
Once you’ve tested and are happy with your app, you are ready to stat the submission process.
Submitting your app to Google play is a very simple process and as easy as uploading a file.
1 Go to https://play.google.com/apps/publish/
2 Login using your Google Play/Android account
3 Click on “Publish an Android App on Google Play” to get started
4. You will see a pop-up to Add a New Application. Choose the Default Language, Type in the Application Title as you have created in Skybuilder, and then Click to upload your “APK” file. (This is the Release Build of the Android file you downloaded and tested previously.)
5 Browse for the APK file you downloaded from Skybuilder.
When the upload has completed you will see a window similar to the one below with your App Name and bundle ID listed at the top of the screen. On the left hand side you will see the navigation menu for completion of the publishing of your app to the Google Play store.
6 Click the “Store Listing” link in the left navigation bar. This is where you will enter the description of the app, add promo text and add screenshots you have taken.
- The Title Field is pre-populated with the app title you entered at the beginning of the submission process. The title can be up to 30 characters.
- In the Short Description field enter a sentence or two about the app’s outstanding features up to 80 characters.
- In the Full Description field you may enter up to 4000 characters. Here, you may fully describe the apps features and functions. Do not key-word stuff, however, make sure the key features of the app are listed. To ensure you do not violate Google Play terms, review this document on practices that will get your app rejected or suspended if used.
7 Scrolling down the Store Listing Page you will see the section to upload your Graphic Assets. Google Play requires 2 screenshots and an app icon. Size requirements are listed below the “Drop Images Here” boxes within the Graphics Assets section.
- Screenshots: You should take actual screenshots of the app as it appears on Android devices. Most Android phones (including our favorite, the Samsung Galaxy series) have a simple screenshot functionality built in, but if not, you can easily download an app that will add this functionality for you. One of our favorites is Screenshot It.
- Icons – should be high resolution. We highly recommend outsourcing this if you are not able to create your own icon. It’s the first thing people will see when they find your app in the store, and it is a requirement.
- Feature Image – highly recommended. If you expect the app to be more of a quality vs. quantity app, a feature image is a good asset. The image will be used in most promotional placements in Google Play such as the site and device (example below)
You will find exact dimensions for Google Play graphics requirements in this article.
8 Scrolling further down the Store Listings Page, you will find the Categorization Options. Here you will choose the Application type (Application or Games), Category and Content Rating.
10 Scroll back to the top of the store listing and click Save draft. Since the listing is now complete, the Store Listing check mark is now green.
11 Click on the Content Rating check mark to see a description of the upcoming content rating questionnaire.
This will open up a Questionnaire where you will be able to tell Google what you’re app is all about.
This questionnaire asks a straightforward series of questions about the content of the app. You must provide appropriate answers for your app’s content.
Once you are finished, click Save questionnaire, then Calculate rating. You will see the ratings for the various locales where your app may be on sale:
Scroll to the bottom of the list and click Apply rating. The Content Rating check mark is now green.
12 Select the Pricing & Distribution check mark for the final step: setting the price of your app, and in which countries it will be available. In this example, the app is Free and available everywhere (141 Countries + rest of the world)
Scroll down past the list of countries to discover more distribution options. Check the boxes by Content guidelines and US export laws to indicate your app’s compliance with relevant rules, then scroll to the top of the page and click Save draft.
When you click the the final check box, it will be green, and the Publish app button in the top-right will be active. When you’re ready, go ahead and click it the Publish App button.
Your app listing status now updates to Pending Publication.
It will take a few hours for your app to become live in the Google Play store.