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A Simple Guide to Publish your Android App on Google Play

Tuesday 09 of April, 2019.
Reading Time: 3 minutes.
By Jonnathan Bartly

Take your time, don’t rush, get everything ready. Now, publish it!

As members of the technological community, sooner or later we will have in our possession an .apk file, which translates into an Android application. However, how do we distribute it?

There are several platforms for the distribution of mobile applications, one of the most widely known is the Google Play Store. Let's review the following guide to learn what to do when publishing an Android application.

By the way, you're probably thinking "A guide to publishing applications? I already know that", but I urge you to continue reading, you may find something you did not expect.

Let's start with the basics.

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Where to publish? Who can publish? Why?

There are lots of alternative app stores when it comes to publishing an Android app. To choose the best variant, you need to consider the target audience and geography you want to cover. As you probably know, Google Play doesn't work in China. So, if your app is meant mainly for the Asian market, you need to think about an alternative app store for your project.

Product owners often want to do it on their own. It's all connected with a certificate generated in Android Studio. This document is a unique digital certificate that includes data about the owner of an app. It's a signature for the application. Product owners want to release Android apps on Google Play by themselves in order to keep this signature safe.

Steps to publish your application on Google Play

Before you begin the deployment of your Android application to Google Play, make sure that everything is ready. You will need some screenshots of your app (in high quality), the description of the application and, of course, an APK file (the app itself). Keep in mind that there are strict limitations concerning the size of an app. The maximum size is 100 MB, however, it would be better if it is less than 50 MB. This means users who live in areas with a bad internet connection will get a chance to try your app.

Here are the steps you need to follow in order to publish an Android application on Google Play:

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Now, go to https://play.google.com/apps/publish/signup/ and register your account. With Google Play Console you can obtain all the statistical data concerning your application. You can see how effective and productive your app is. Here you'll have access to comprehensive data about your earnings and your users. You can also obtain financial reports for the period you need.

However, be careful while you're publishing your Android application. There may be instances where your app could be rejected and your account blocked. 

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Strict sanctions are imposed on developers who violate the rules and policies of Google Play. Your app will not be published if you haven't indicated the adult content in it. And even if you did, things like violence or porn are prohibited on Google Play. There is no possibility of publishing apps with this kind of content.

I know, there are very strict sanctions. But they are there for the right reasons.

Ok, now that you know the steps to publish Android applications in the Google Play store, let nothing stop you. No two applications are the same and the market is waiting for yours.

Let's do it!

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