The app must be completed. Push notifications must be completed before building the app and you must have image assets ready (see the Google Play section in this article).
Publishing on the Google Play Store will provide your app with more exposure to potential users. However, publishing on the Google Play Store will make your app publicly available, so it should not be used for internal apps.
Watch this short video or read the article below.
To launch your app to the Google Play store you will need to:
- Complete the app details section
- Complete the app analytics and push notifications section (optional)
- Request that the app be published
- Set up push notifications
- Complete steps in the Google Play Console
- Complete the store listing section
- Submit your app for review
Step 1 – Complete the app details section
Note: At any point in the process, you can select the blue “Save Progress” button in the bottom left to save your work.
Go to the Publish section of your app in Fliplet Studio.
Under “Choose a Publishing Channel”, click on the blue “Select” link next to “Publish to Android devices”.
Scroll down and select the “Google Play” Tab.
Underneath where it says “Let us build your app”, click on the first tab that says “App details”.
Type the “App icon name”. This is the name you would like to appear on a device.
Change the “App icon” or “Splash screen” image by clicking on the blue “Change” text underneath them. Both the App icon and Splash screen are required. (Information about requirements for image sizes can be found here.)
To generate screenshots, you can useFliplet’s screenshot generator. Select “App settings”, “launch assets” to do this. In a later step, you will download them from Fliplet and upload them to the Google Play Console.
Return to the publish section. Do not change the App version number and App version code. Also do not change the Bundle ID. It is not recommended to change these values. Fliplet will automatically produce values so you don’t need to do anything.
Step 2 – Complete the app analytics & push notifications section (optional)
Click on the “App analytics & push notifications” tab.
Fliplet Analytics are enabled by default. To learn more about Fliplet Analytics, click the blue text or read the article here.
To add push notifications or enable Google Analytics, click on the blue text that reads “Learn more about Firebase” under the “Google Firebase & Push Notifications” heading or read the article here.
To save your work click the “Save Progress” button in the bottom left.
Step 3 – Request that the app be published
Click the green “Request App” button in the bottom right to request the app to be published.
Then click “OK”.This process can take a few minutes to up to an hour to finish.
Check the progress of the process by scrolling to the top of the “Publish to Android devices” window where you are currently.
- When it’s complete, return to the window, download the app file, and add it to the Google Play Console.
Step 4 – Set up push notifications
For a reference on how to setup push notifications, click here.
Step 5 – Complete steps in the Google Play Console
Move from Fliplet to Google Play Console
Login to Google Play Console with your Google Developer account details. The screen should display all of your apps that you have published. For more information on how to make a Google Developer account click here.
Click the blue “Create App” button.
Provide a title for your app
Select the default language
- Select whether this will be an app or game
- Select free or paid
- Add an email address that Play Store users can use to contact you about this application.
- Confirm that your app meets policies by reading ticking the declarations
- Select “Create app”
Step 6 – Complete the store listing section
After you create your app, you can start setting it up. Your app’s dashboard will guide you through all the most important steps to get your app available on Google Play.
- If parts of your app are restricted based on login credentials, memberships, location, or other forms of authentication, you will need to provide instructions on how to access them. Make sure that this information is kept up to date.
- Select either – All functionality is available without special access or All or some functionality is restricted
- Enter Instructions – enter your test login credentials to allow the reviewer access to your app
Does your app contain ads
- Select yes or no depending on whether your app contains no and save.
- Enter your contact email
- Select the relevant category for your app
Next confirm whether or not your app includes “violence”, “sexuality”, offensive “language” or “controlled subtance” references.
After you complete and save the questionnaire Google will populate your rating for different countries.
Target Audience and content
- Choose the target audience for your app
- Select to confirm whether your app appeals to children
- Confirm whether your app is a news app
- If yes – Provide information to help Google verify your credentials as a news publisher. You will be asked to explain how you source the news content that is shown in your app.
- Select the apps category and add any tags
- Add your store listing contact details, note that this information will be shown to users on Google Play
Main store listing
- Select “Main store listing” from the left hand side menu
- Fill out the “App Name”, “Short description”, and “Full description” for your app.
- Click to add a 512×512 pixel image of your app icon.
- Scroll down to add a 1024×500 pixel image as your “Feature graphic”.
- If you have a video to promote your app you can add an optional youtube URL
- Scroll down to add screenshots of your app. If you used Fliplet to generate screenshots for you, find them in the File Manager under the “Screenshots Google” folder.
- Add at least two screenshots for phone and tablet.
Step 7 – Submit your app for review
Once your app is set up you can follow the set of steps under the Release your app section, to submit your app for review.
- Choose countries and regions for release
- Accept the Play app signing terms of service
- Add your APK file
- Finally, click “Start roll-out to production”. This will only work if you have completed all the necessary steps. Your app will be submitted to Google for review. This process can take several days.
- Check the status of your app by going to the “Dashboard” of Google Play Console. Your app will say “Published” when it is live.