How to publish your app?

After the content is in, and design elements have been arranged, and properly added in the Design section, your app is almost ready to be published.

But, before that, there is one more section that you would need to take care of before your app is store-ready: Store metadata section.

Store metadata

Store metadata section is where you enter the information necessary to publish your app with to both iTunes and Google Play stores. It’s critical to have the Developer info section below as complete as possible, to ensure timely delivery during the publishing process. Also, all asterisk (*) marked fields are mandatory, and without them, the app can’t be submitted to stores.

iOS

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iTunes Artwork – Graphic that shows at the top of your listing on the App store.
Dimensions for it are: 1024px by 1024px
App Name – Name of your app ass it appears under your app icon on the device home screen. Please be aware of the fact that this name is limited to 12 characters, as any additional characters cause the app name to truncate, or add ellipses (…).
App Title – Name of your app as it appears in the store listings. The App store allows up to 255 characters to be used.
Description – It should serve two purposes, 1) to explain the purpose of your app, as well as 2) detail the features you’ve included in the app. A paragraph on each is recommended.
Screenshots – They will be visible in the App store, and they greatly affect the appeal of your app at first sight. You can add up to 5 screenshots. Please bear in mind they should show how the app looks on an iOS device. Since we don’t have preview app for iPhone, please make screenshots using preview simulator from the builder. We will replicate your screenshots on the iPhone device and submit to App Store.
Keywords – Key phrases users can search for when they’re looking for your app in the stores.

Android

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Artwork – Graphic that shows at the top of your listing on the Google play store.
Dimensions for it are: 512px by 512px
Feature graphic – Displayed at the top of your Store Listing page in the Play Store app. Dimensions for it are: 1024px by 500px
App Name – Name of your app ass it appears under your app icon on the device home screen. Please be aware of the fact that this name is limited to 12 characters, as any additional characters cause the app name to truncate, or add ellipses (…).
App Title – Name of your app as it appears in the store listings. Google Play app store allows up to 30 characters to be used.
Full description – Long and full description of your app
Short description – First descriptive text potential users will see when looking at your app’s Store Listing from the Play Store app. This field is limited to 80 characters, though tapping the text will reveal Full Description of your app
Screenshots – They will be visible in the Google Play store, and they greatly affect the appeal of your app at first sight. You can add up to 10 screenshots. Please bear in mind they should show how the app looks on an Android device, and we recommend you use our preview app to create them: Shoutem Preview app for Android

Developer accounts

To allow your app in their stores, Apple and Google Play require that app-builders have developer accounts to make the publishing process official.

iOS – Your own paid iOS Developer account is mandatory, and it is required by Apple in order for us to be able to release your app in the iTunes store. Shoutem is unable to provide an account for you, and this is a $99/year service. Sign up here in order to acquire an account: iOS Developer account

If you wish to distribute your iOS app internally, meaning outside of the App store, you can acquire an iOS Enterprise Developer account for $299/year via this link: iOS Enterprise Developer account

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Android – For the Android app, you can freely utilize our own Shoutem Google Play account, but please bear in mind will be published under “Shoutem Inc”. Select the following to release under our account.
That also means that your app can, if you choose this option, only be published as a free app, not a paid one.

Android

On the other hand, a paid Google Play developer account is necessary if you wish to release your app in the Play store under your own developer name. Sign up here: Google Play Developer account if you wish to have your Android app under your name.
After that, you would just need to add Shoutem to your Google Play account as an administrator by following these few easy steps:

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App price

When it comes to the pricing of your app, you are welcome to charge whatever you’d like for your app in stores. You are presented with the option to set a price before you initiate the publishing process. All paid app transactions are between yourself and the store, and Shoutem takes no percentage of this income whatsoever.

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All paid apps require contractual agreements with Apple and Google Play, as well as the exchange of bank account information. Be prepared to provide this information before they allow your paid app in the stores. As a note, you cannot begin with a paid app and move it to a free app later. All free apps must start as free.

Hit that Publish button!

If you’re confident in your final product, it’s time to send the app to Shoutem publishing team, so we can build and test your app. You can initiate this process by clicking the blue Publish button in the top right corner:

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After that, you’ll be brought to the payment page, where you can enter your billing info, hit the Publish button once again, and your app is on the way to our internal review queue.
Once that review is finished, and we are certain all the necessary info is added, and steps have been followed, we will submit the app, and notify you as soon as we submit the app.

As with any other question or inquiry, you can always Contact Us, or visit our Support Center for additional tips and answers.

And finally: Congrats! We hope you enjoy your new app, and appreciate you for choosing Shoutem to bring your app idea to life.