Launching the app on the Google Play Store _November 2020 updated version
* You must first create a Google Developer account to register the Play Store app.
Google Developer Console Site: https://play.google.com/apps/publish/
Please register your account on the site and pay a $25 fee. (A one-time payment)
Once you’ve paid, you can go to the Google Play Store developer console screen and add the application.
*Having a regular Gmail account doesn’t mean that it’s a Google developer account. The account you paid with the $25 registration fee on the Google Console will be your Developer account.
Please refer to the help manual on how to register a Google Developer account.
The Play Store release is only available for Swing2App paid version app or free commercial version app!
Free apps are not available for store release.
When you go to the console site, the first step is to create an app by selecting the [Create app] button.
- App name (play store release name)
- Default language: Select Korean (if it needs to be distributed in a specific country, select it in that language, eg, USA)
- Select an app or game: Select as an app.
- Paid or free selection (If the app is sold for a fee, select ‘Paid’, and if you select ‘Free’, you cannot change to paid afterwards)
- Developer program policy check
- Check US export laws
- Select the [Create app] button.
STEP.1 Initial Settings
If you look at the dashboard, the step-by-step menu is listed in order.
Select one by one and complete the input.
1. App access rights
Save after checking “All functions can be used without special access rights”
2. Check for advertisement
If there is an advertisement in the app, check “Yes, the app has advertisements”
If there are no ads, check “No, there are no ads in the app” and save
3. Content Rating
Select the [Start Survey] button at the content rating level.
-Enter your email address and select a category.
Just select the app you want to upload and the category that best suits you.
If you don’t have a category that fits your app, check “Utilities, Productivity, Communication, and More” at the end. Choose the Next button.
A questionnaire entry item for the category is created.
Check the questionnaire questionnaire, check Yes or No, and click the [Next] button.
*The questionnaire question must reflect the content provided by the app.
Example) If there is sexual material exposure in the app, you must check “Yes”, and if alcohol or drug content is included, you must check “Yes”.
When you complete the questionnaire, a rating for your app will be calculated.
Please select the [Submit] button.
Those who have created a Swing2App general prototype (slide, footer, top, etc.) can enter the URL of the terms and conditions provided by Swing2App.
Edit the [Terms of Service] on the Swing2App site and insert the link! (Applicable only to apps created with Swing-to-App)
5. Target audience and content
Please check the target age of the app.
Generally, you can check “Age 18 or older”.
*Caution* If you choose the app age 13 or younger, you will need to submit an additional family policy document in accordance with the Child Protection Policy.
Therefore, except in special cases, check the age of the app as over 18 and select the [Next] button.
For the question that attracts children’s attention, check “No” and click the [Next] button.
If the app you are submitting contains content that may attract children’s interest, or if you want to be confused, you should check “Yes”.
App content input complete!
You are done when all of the app content items are illuminated in green and displayed as ‘completed’ at the top.
——Please go to the dashboard.
When step-by-step input is completed, it is checked as done.
STEP.2 Store setup steps
1. Select app category and provide contact details
- Select an app
- Select a category
- Enter your email address
- Check for external marketing
- Select the [Save] button.
* This is a required field, and other items are optional.
Selecting the app category and providing contact details were also completed.
Next, select [Store Registration Information Settings].
2. Store listing information
- Enter the app name (app name displayed on the Play Store)
- Brief description (app introduction content, written within 80 characters)
*Note: Keyword types cannot be listed. Example) Puppy, dog, cat, pet dog, cat… # Prohibit entry of hashtags
3) Register the app icon image (app icon image displayed on the Play Store, 512px*512px)
4) Graphic image (thumbnail image 1024px*500px displayed when sharing a released app)
*How is the graphic image displayed?
What is the graphic image used for?
Graphic images are not images displayed on the Play Store.
If you share the store release link after launch, it will be displayed as a thumbnail image in the page information!
5,6,7) Screenshot image registration
All items 5, 6, and 7 are for registering screenshot images. Please register with the same image.
* Screenshots must be registered as an image of the app execution screen. Images that are not related to the app are not allowed~!
The image size should be between 320px and 3840px at the minimum.
And the length should not be more than twice the width.
Ex) If the width is 1000px, the height should not exceed 2000px.
8) Press the [Save] button to complete the store information entry.
All the information you need to enter in the play store is complete.
Finally, upload the app (APK file).
STEP.3 Production-Registering the app
Go to Dashboard> Post Google Play App
1. Select country/region
Select Add Country/Region in blue letters.
You choose which country to launch. You can select all countries.
If you are only launching in a specific country, please search for that country and select it.
Select the [Add Countries/Regions] button.
2. Production-APK file registration
Next, select [Release] on the production screen.
Select the [Create New Release] button.
*You can also select the [Create new release] button at the top. It does not matter if you select the button in the middle of the text.
Upload the APK file that has been produced in Swing2App to the screen.
When uploading is complete, select the [Save] button at the bottom of the screen → select the [Review version] button.
* Where can I download the APK file??
For the APK file, you can attach the APK file sent by e-mail to Swing after requesting to make an app.
You can download the APK file directly from the Swing homepage → Manager page → Manage Version → Production History page.
After app production is complete, go to the app operation-version control-app production history page.
Here, if you click [Get APK File], the file is downloaded to your PC.
You can upload the downloaded APK file as Google Play-App version-APK file.
*Please use the Internet browser Chrome.
TIP. Register by dragging APK file
Open the Google Play console screen and the Swing2App site 2 screens.
You can register the APK file received from the Swing2App site as an app file on the Play Console screen by dragging (drag) it with your mouse.
You can work more conveniently than saving and loading a separate file, right?^^
Select the [Start rollout to Production] button → Select the [Rollout] button in the production track release message window.
Some of you may see this warning message.
This content is not related to the app release, so you can ignore it.
We are making a policy in Swing2App, so it will be available soon.
* Play store registration is that only apps that have been converted to paid version can be registered! You know? ^^ (Or you can register the free commercial version of the app)
Registration is complete. If you look at the release screen again, you can see that it is marked as ‘Being Reviewed’.
App registration is successful only when the message appears.
When you go to the dashboard screen, you can see the “Reviewing updates” message on the review screen.
App release completed (within 7 days of review period)
*The release is not immediate, but it is approved after Google screening, so you have to wait!
The play store review period takes about 7 days.
If there is no problem in the review, it will be released after the relevant review period.
When the review passes and approval is normally completed, the status of the app will be changed to ‘released’.
If the review is rejected, the reason for rejection will be sent to the user’s Google developer email, so please check the email!
★ Important [Guide to Changing App Review Time]
*Up to 7 days
★ Important [App search not exposed]
Even if your app is released normally on the Play Store, it will not be directly exposed to the store when searching by the app name. *Important!*
*We’ve switched the search exposures after determining how active (app installs) the app released was due to a change in Google’s algorithm in September 2019.
If the app has been released normally, there is no problem, so please go to the release link to receive a lot of app installs after the app is released.
If the app is released but the number of activation using the app is low, the app exposure will be delayed by that amount.
If you haven’t been able to search by app name for more than two weeks after installation and activation, please contact the Google Developer Help Center for help.
★How to download when you are not able to search the app?
=Play Store release link (URL) is created after the app release.
If you access the URL, you will be redirected to the Play Store app download page.
Therefore, you can share your release link with other users until you find your app’s name to encourage them to download your app directly from the Play Store.
★ If you need to update the Play Store app, please check the link below!