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Google Play is the premier store for distributing Android apps. It’s preinstalled on more than 400 million devices worldwide, a number growing by more than a million every day. Android users have downloaded more than 25 billion apps from Google Play, growing at a rate of more than 1.5 billion per month.
When you publish on Google Play, you put your apps in front of Android’s huge base of active customers, in more than 130 countries and territories across the world.
Google Play is a central part of the Android experience. New users personalize their devices with apps, games, and other Google Play content. Existing users return regularly to see what’s trending and new. Downloading new apps is extremely convenient and fast— Google Play pushes apps to the user’s devices instantly, over the air. No cable or sync is ever needed.
Register for a publisher account
The first step is to visit the Google Play Android Developer Console and register for a publisher account.
- You need a Google account to register. You can create one during the process. It is
recommended not to use your main Google account for this purpose, so you can keep
this account separate from your other Google services.
- If you are an organization, consider registering a new Google account rather than using
a personal account.
- Review the developer countries and merchant countries where you can distribute and
- Visit the Google Play Android Developer Console at
Login to your Google Account, or open a new one by clicking the signup button on the top right.
- Enter basic information about your developer identity — developer name, email address, and so on. You can modify this information later.
- Read and accept the Developer Distribution Agreement that applies to your country or region. Note that apps and store listings that you publish on Google Play must comply with the Developer Program Policies and US export law.
- Pay a $25 USD registration fee using Google Checkout. If you don’t have a Google Checkout account, you can quickly set one up during the process.
When your registration is verified, you’ll be notified at the email address you specified during registration.
You can set up to start publishing on Google Play in only a few minutes. Here’s how you do it:
- Register for a Google Play publisher account (If you already have a Google Play account, you can skip this step).
You need a Google account to register. You can create one during the process.
If you are an organization, consider registering a new Google account rather than using a personal account.
1.1 Enter basic information about your developer identity — developer name, email address, and so on. You can modify this information later.
1.2 Read and accept the Developer Distribution Agreement that applies to your country or region. Note that apps and store listings that you publish on Google Play must comply with the Developer Program Policies and US export law,
1.3 Pay a $25 USD registration fee using Google Checkout. If you don’t have a Google Checkout account, you can quickly set one up during the process.
1.4 When your registration is verified, you’ll be notified at the email address you specified during registration.
Distribute your App as a paid App
Users that would like to sell their Apps needs to set up a Google Checkout Merchant account, this process is not required for users that would like to distribute their App for free, however please note that if you will choose the App to be free you will not be able to change it to a paid one later on.
To set up a Merchant account from the Developer Console:
Sign in to your Google Play Developer Console at https://play.google.com/apps/publish/
Open Financial reports on the side navigation.
Click Setup a Merchant Account now.
This takes you to the Google Wallet site to sign up as a Merchant; you’ll need information about your business available to complete this step.
The Developer Console
Once you’ve registered and received verification by email, you can sign in to your Google Play Developer Console, which will be the home for your app publishing operations and tools on Google Play. This sections below introduce a few of the key areas you’ll find in the Developer Console.
All applications page: Gives you a quick overview of your apps, lets you jump to stats, reviews, and product details, or upload a new app.
Account details page: Specifies your developer identity and contact information, accounts for app testing, and more.
Your account details
The account details page is where you specify basic information about yourself or your company in a developer profile. The information in your developer profile is important because it identifies you to Google Play and also to your customers.
During registration you must provide the information for your profile, but you can go back at any time to edit the information and change your settings.
Your developer profile contains:
- Your developer name — the name you want to show users on your store listing page and elsewhere on Google Play.
- Your developer contact information — how Google can contact you if needed (this information isn’t exposed to users).
- Your developer website URL — shown to users on your store listing page so they can learn more about your company or products
Publishing a new App
Please login to the Android developer console
Click the “Create Application” button, choose a language and a title for your new App.
On the left side, click the “App releases”, then on the “Manage” button under the “Production” section.
Click the “Create Release” button & choose “Opt Out” & “Confirm”.
Click the “Browse Files” button and upload the APK file which you have created on the Wiziapp WordPress plugin control panel.
Complete the “Store Listing”, “Content Rating” and “Pricing & distribution” sections which can be found on the left side of the Console menu.
If you would like to add a disclaimer about the App required permissions, please copy the paragraph below:
- Storage – Allows us to save the App caching resources in order for the App to load faster.
- Network Communication – Enables the App to access the web.
- Your Account – This permission is needed to register your device ID with Google Cloud Messaging for the push notifications service to be enabled. The App will never attempt to place a phone call or use it in any other way.
- System tools – Enable us to add a shortcut to your home screen.
- Development tools – Enable us to add a shortcut to your notification center.
- Phone calls – This permission is needed to register your device ID with Google Cloud Messaging for the push notifications service to be enabled.
4.4.2 Upload your App screenshots – You can create your App screenshots from one of the following ways:
-Users that have access to an Android device, just send the APK file to your Email, open it on the device, click install and take screenshots of your preferred App screens.
-Users that have an iPhone device, browse to your Wiziapp powered webapp on your iPhone browser, click to save the App to your iPhone home screen, open it from the iPhone home screen, take the screenshots of your preferred App screens and Email it to your desktop. You will also need to resize it for the Android screenshots requirements.
4.4.3 Upload a High-res icon, 512 x 512, 32-bit PNG.
4.4.4 Select your application type as “Application”.
4.4.5 Select your App category.
4.4.6 Select your App content ratings.
4.4.7 Fill in your App contact details.
4.4.9 Click to save (see top button).
4.5 Choose the “Pricing and Distribution” tab on the top left menu.
4.5.1 Choose the App price to be Free or Paid.
4.5.2 Choose the countries to distribute the App.
4.5.3 Check the last 2 checkbox on the bottom of the “Pricing and Distribution” screen as follows:
-US export laws
4.5.4 Click to save (see top button).
4.6 Choose the “Services & APIs ” tab on the left menu:
For activating the push notification service – Click the “Link sender ID” and enter your API Key which can be found on the Wiziapp WordPress plugin control panel – “Publish to Google Play”.
- Click to publish the App by changing the top right button dropdown menu from “Ready to Publish” to “Publish the App”.
Creating Google Cloud Messaging for Android is required for users that would like to send push notifications for new posts.
In order to publish an update to your Android App, please follow the below steps:
Creating a new APK file:
On the Wiziapp WordPress plugin control panel, edit your App settings and click the “Save Changes” button. Please wait while the system creates your new APK file.
Uploading the new APK file to the Google Play market:
- Login to your Android developer consoleand choose the App you would like to update.
- Choose the APK tab on the left, then click the “Upload newAPK to production”, save it and republish the App.
The update will be available on the Google Play market within several hours.