Publish to the Google Play Store

Mar 8 2022 · Kotlin 1.5, Android 12, Android Studio Arctic Fox | 2020.3.1

Part 1: Publish to the Google Play Store

08. Create a Store Listing

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Now that you know best practices for store listing, log into Google Play console. Click on create app. Enter app name. Select default language. Then select whether it's an app or game. I select app for demo. Select whether it is free or paid. If you select free, you cannot change it to paid once you publish it. However, a paid app can be converted to free anytime. Select free for demo. Go through Developer Program Policies and read more about US export laws, and then check the fills. Click Create app. You now have several options open. You can start internal testing of your app without review. You can complete store listing of your app here. For all options under Release your app, like open or closed testing, preregistration or publishing, you need to complete the initial setup task first. So go to Set up your app, expand view tasks, and click App access. Here, provide information whether parts of your app are restricted based on login credentials, memberships, location, or other forms of authentication. Provide instructions on how to access them. Also, keep it up to date. If you select second option, all or some functionality is restricted. Click Add new instructions. You will be taken to a form where which you will provide the credentials. Close the form. Select first option. All functionality is available without special access for demo app. Click save. Go back to dashboard. Click ads. Inform whether your app contains ads. I select no for demo. Click save. Go back to dashboard. Click Content rating. Click Start questionnaire. Provide email address. Select category, which is either game, social or communication, or all other types of apps. We select the last one for demo. Click Next. Answer yes or no type questions on this page based on your app's functionality. Click save. Click Next. You get rating for your app in different regions. Click submit. Go back to Dashboard. Select Target audience. Select target group for your app. For demo app, check all boxes above 13. Click Next. Here, you selected age group is about 13. So your store listing should not have elements that appeal to children. However, if you still want to go for such elements that appeal to children, then click yes, and 'Not do designed for children' label may be shown next to your app on Google Play. For demo app, I select no. Click Next. Here, you get the summary of what you have filled in. Click save. Go back to Dashboard. Click News apps. Answer whether your app is a news app. If you select yes, you have to provide information to help Google Play team verify your credentials as a news publisher. For demo app, I select no. Click save. Go back to Dashboard. Click COVID-19 contact tracing and status apps. Here, check relevant boxes to indicate whether or not your app is publicly available COVID-19 contact tracing or status app. For demo app, I select it is neither. Click save. Go back to Dashboard. Now, next section is Data safety. This section is recently added in October 2021. It helps users with information, like what kind of data is collected and shared by app and whether the data is secure. Data safety also makes Privacy policy mandatory. Click Data safety. Read Overview to understand it. Click View required data types. Here, you get the idea of different data types. This page also gives you all the details about data safety form and guides you on completing the form. You can find the link in the resources for this episode. When ready, click Next. Now answer data collection related questions as applicable to your app. Click next. Privacy policy is now a mandate with data safety section. Click Go to Privacy policy. First, save the draft. Now click. Enter the Privacy policy URL. Click save. Go back to App content. Resume Data safety section. Click start. Click Next. Here, it shows preview of the data safety section information you have filled in. Click save. Go back to App content. Now you see all sections in green for App content. Click Dashboard in the left navigation panel. Under Set up your app, click Select an app category and provide contact details. First, say whether it's an app or game. Then the category for your app Select education for demo. Click Manage tags. You can add up to five tags to describe the content and functionality of your app. Categories and text helps users to search for and discover the most relevant apps in the Play Store. However, ensure that the tags you add are relevant to your app's functionality. Provide contact details. Email is mandatory. Turn off External marketing if you don't want your app to be advertised outside of Google Play. Click Save. Click Dashboard in the left navigation panel. Click Set up your store listing. Main store listing page appears. Below each item, you see some notes which are either required specification for text or graphics, or additional notes that help you comply with policies and avoid common policy violation. Fill this up for test app. App name, short description and full description. Now, Graphics. Add App icon and feature graphic with specification as mentioned below for each. Ideally, you should get this done from a professional designer to create a unique branding for your app. For demo app, I have created simple ones, so let's upload. Promo video is optional, but it is highly recommended as it increases installs by new users. Also, when added, it appears before any screenshots on Google Play Store. Now, screenshots. You need to upload at is two screenshots for phone, and one for both 7 and 10 inch tablet. You can upload up to eight in each category. For demo app, let's upload some samples I created. Click Save. Click Dashboard. You now see your app is ready for submission to testing under different tasks, which you'll see in the detail in next episode.