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 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 fully complete, to ensure timely delivery during the publishing process.
App Icon – Graphic that shows at the top of your listing on the App store.
Dimensions are 1024x1024px.
App Name – Name of your app as it will appear under the 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.
Keywords – Key phrases users can search for when they’re looking for your app in the stores.
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 8 screenshots. Please bear in mind they should show faithfully how the app looks on an iPhone.
What’s new? In the builder preview, you are now able to take screenshots of your app, by clicking on camera icon in the upper right corner. You can switch preview to see how your app will look like on iPhone XS Max and iPhone 8+. With those options, you can now easily take and upload screenshots for devices with both 5.5″ display and 6.5″ display.
Artwork – Graphic that shows at the top of your listing on the Google play store.
Dimensions are 512x512px.
Feature graphic – Displayed at the top of your Store Listing page in the Play Store app. Dimensions are 1024x500px.
App Name – Name of your app as it will appear under the app’s 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 will appear 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 with 1080×1920 dimensions. Please bear in mind they should show faithfully how the app looks on an Android device. We recommend you use our specialised preview app to create them: Shoutem Preview app for Android
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
Due to Apple Developer account guidelines, a business-based account is required.
In case you choose to submit the app under your personal name and account, the app will most likely be rejected and you will not be able to submit the app.
In some cases, Apple does allow that you transfer your personal account to a business account, but for that, you would need to contact Apple support directly.
Please bear in mind that your business name should be the same, very similar or related to the name of the app itself.
App specific password – App-specific passwords allow us to sign in to your account securely when you use third-party apps with your Apple ID.
How to generate app specific password?
- Sign in to your Apple ID account page.
- In the Security section, click Generate Password below App-Specific Passwords.
- Follow the steps on your screen.
After you generate your app-specific password, enter or paste it into the corresponding field.
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
Android – A paid Google Play developer account is necessary for your app to be published in the Play store under your own developer name. You can sign up here: Google Play Developer account.
After that, you would just need to add Shoutem to your Google Play account as an administrator by following these few easy steps:
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.
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:
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 all the steps have been followed, we will submit the app and send you an e-mail confirmation.
And finally: Congrats! We hope you enjoy your new app and appreciate you choosing Shoutem to bring your app idea to life!