Google's Play Console is a powerful tool that has numerous functions and uses. If you're a developer, then you should have an active Google Play Console account. But if you're a company owner, then you can use the Google Play Console to monitor your app's sales performance.
Signing up for a Google Play Developer account
Are you ready to create your own console for the Android Play Store? If so, you're in the right place.
Google Play Console is a great way to build your own Android console and get it onto Google Play.
This guide will walk you through how to use the console, how to get started with developing games and apps, and how to sign up!
To sign up, you’ll need a Google Account. If you already have a Google Account, you can use it to sign up.
Before you sign up:
- Your developer account and all of the apps you publish in it will be linked to the same Google Account.
- If someone else manages your Google Account or has access to it, they’ll be able to manage your developer account, too.
- You’re responsible for any activity on your developer account that is tied to the Google Account used to sign up for it.
- Make sure your organization has a contract with the appropriate Play service provider for your country or region, and that the administrators have added you as an authorized user on their account.
It is important to think about all these things before signing up.
Publishing an app to the Play Store using the Google Play Console
The Google Play Console is a web-based tool that allows you to manage your Google Play apps and games, as well as your Android devices. It's where you can upload, publish, and manage your apps, and where you can get detailed information on how they're performing in the market.
To use the Google Play Console, you first need to sign up for an account with Google. Once you've done that, you can then log in to the console by clicking "Sign in" at the top right of any page (you might need to click the "My Account" button first).
Once you've logged in, click "Menu" from the top left of any page and select "Devices." You'll see a list of all of your devices that are running Android 7 or higher.
You can also access this menu by clicking on your username at the top right of any page and selecting "Devices." This will take you directly to this page where you can see which devices are registered under your account.
Finally, if there are any devices not showing up on this list that should be registered under your account (such as old phones), then go back to My Account then click on "Device Setup" then choose "Add Device."
Changing the title and icon of your app
How to Change the Title and Icon of Your App on Google Play Developer Console:
- Log into your Google Play Developer account
- Select the app you want to customize, then select Store Presence > Store listing
- Here you can change the title and description of your app!
- To customize your icon, select Graphics Assets > App icon and follow the on-screen instructions.
It's easy to customize your app with a new title and icon.
Using Firebase for push notifications on Android devices
If you're an Android developer, the easiest way to get started with Firebase Cloud Messaging is through the Firebase console.
The console allows you to manage your Firebase projects and connect with users. To sign in, open up the Google Play Developer Console and click on "Add project." Then enter your project name and click "Create" to create a new project.
You can then log in to your project by clicking on the link that appears under "Connect new app." This will take you to the login page for your project. Once you've logged in, click on "Project settings" from the left-hand sidebar menu.
Next, select "Cloud Messaging" from the list of options on the left-hand side and click "Enable." This will allow you to send push notifications to any user who has signed into your app with their Google account.
Creating a Smartphone App for your Blog with Android Studio
- Go to Android Studio's official website and download it.
- Create a new project by going to File > New Project.
- Add dependencies, which are the files that allow your app to do many things from accessing the Internet to playing audio.
- Use an Android Virtual Device (AVD) to see a preview of your app on an actual phone.
- Select your activity type, which is what your app does when it first opens.
- Edit the activity's XML file, which determines how the app looks in graphical terms.
- Add a second activity for your settings page.
- Edit its XML file so that it doesn't look like a carbon copy of your main page.
- Change code in two classes called Java files so that they properly display information in both activities.
Downloading Android Studio is easier than you might think!
Get started with Google Play Console
- Create a Google Play Console account
- Sign up for a Google Play Console account:
- Complete the form
- Accept the Developer Distribution Agreement
- Pay registration fee
- Sign in to your Google Play Console account.
- Manage your products and account settings.
- Get help and contact support.
Publish an app
- Follow the instructions to publish your app on the store.
- Sign up as a developer (one-time fee of $25).
- Prepare Store Listing, Content Rating, and Pricing and Distribution details.
- Create an app in the Play Console.
- Upload APK for testing.
- Test your app with the alpha test tool.
When you upload an APK, it needs to meet Google Play's target API level requirements.
Manage app releases and testing
- Set up your first App in Play Console.
- Set up a Developer Account.
- Start with Android.
- Become an iOS developer:
- The Swift Programming Language.
- Adding and manipulating UI elements.
- Section: Auto Layout.
- Making HTTP Requests from an iOS app.
- Table View Controllers.
- Create and set up your app in the Play Console
- Get ready for Store listing
- Add an in-app product to your app
- Get ready to publish on Google Play
- Prepare for release to production
- Prepare for Google Play Store listing or launch
If you plan to build apps that use the most recent features of the Android SDK, use Android Studio 3.0 or higher.
Track performance and add-on sales
- Use the Play Console to see total downloads for all your apps and your Android apps' performance.
- You can review how well each of your app's paid and free versions are doing across countries and languages, and see average user ratings for each of your app's versions.
- You can also check on app sales from the Play Store and in-app purchases from Google Play, as well as subscription status and a list of cancelled orders.
- View add-on sales and refunds.
The Play Console gives you a lot of information about how your Android apps are performing.
Manage pre-launch reports
- Use pre-launch reports to test your app with a large variety of real-world Android devices and device configurations.
- Pre-launch reports help you identify issues with your app before release. This preserves the user experience and reduces bad reviews.
- Before you run pre-launch reports for the first time, check that your APK meets the requirements for this service.
- When you run a pre-launch report, the service uses a crawler to click through screens in your app automatically, taking screenshots and looking for crashes along the way.
- Actions performed by crawler are at random. Crawlers don't run any tests that need to be done in a specific order, such as login or checkout flows.
- The crawler doesn't follow Android deep link intents. It also doesn't test custom URL schemes on iOS devices.
- Your app might not have pre-launch report results if it crashes during installation or initialization on a device, so ensure that your app can launch properly before testing with pre-launch reports.
- If you app has slow performance or you see intermittent errors in the performance data, try adjusting the frequency setting from continuous to 5 minutes.
- Your app must meet all Play Console requirements.
- The APK file must be published to the app's Production or Beta channel in the Play Console.
- The APK file must be signed with the same certificate as previous versions of the app you've published. You can not use a different certificate to sign these versions of your app.
- The APK file must have the same package name as previous versions of the app you’ve published. You cannot change this value.
Make sure that you have checked all these before uploading a new version of your app.
Manage in-app purchases, ads, and subscriptions
- How to set up your app's pricing in the Play Console.
- Sign in to your Play Console.
- Select an app.
- On the left menu, select Settings > Pricing & distribution.
- In the "Pricing" section, select Manage prices and configure your price on a per-locale basis.
- Scroll to the bottom and click Save draft or Save and publish.
- Set local pricing for your app or game:
- To set the local price for your app on Google Play
- Here are the currencies and exchange rates that Google Play uses to calculate local prices.
- In some locales, you might be asked to enter a tax identification number.
- Make sure that you enter a valid country code based on ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 standard. When you convert free apps to paid apps, you need to set a default price in your home currency (USD).
- You can change the pricing and distribution for your app at any time on the Pricing & Distribution page of the Developer Console. However, there are important restrictions about what kinds of changes you can make, and how often.
- Local pricing for games.
- Set up billing for in-app products.
- Manage in-app products.
- Accept test purchases.
- Test your app's purchase flow.
- Set up in-app subscriptions.
- Set up subscription options.
- Test your subscription implementation.
- Manage your subscriptions and in-app products.
You can add in-app purchases of products and subscriptions to your app.
Run promotions in the Play Store app
- You don't have to change your listing or pricing.
- You can create promotions for more than just paid apps and games.
- Promotions are immediate and can be run for as long as you'd like.
- Promotions are shown in the Play Store app and on Google Play.com.
- You can offer multiple promotions at once, but only one of each type (for example, you can offer a promotional price and an IAP discount at the same time).
- Promotions are available worldwide, but some countries may show them only in certain locations.
- You can control the start date of your promotion; it will be live starting at 12AM PST (GMT-8) on the start date you select.
- You need to have successfully published a production version of your listed app or game before you can create a promotion for it.
Promotions are a great way to boost engagement with your app or game in ways that work for you.
Google Play Console is a developer tool that you can use to manage your apps, your users, and your earnings
Google Play Console is a developer tool that you can use to manage your apps, your users, and your earnings.
It's a powerful tool for tracking engagement and revenue on Google Play, but it also offers tools for managing your app's release schedule or listing updates. It's pretty easy to use—you just need to register and then log in with the same account you use to publish apps on Google Play.
The console allows you to track user behavior and engagement in real time, which means you can see how people are using your app and how they're responding to new features or changes within the app itself.
You can also track how much money your app is making and where that money is coming from (for example, ads).
So now have a basic idea on how you can take control of your app's release from Google Play Console. You can now manage everything from one place and release your app with a sense of ease.
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