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Launch an App on Google Play

Last Updated on : 2022-06-07 10:05:53download

This topic describes how to launch a Tuya-powered OEM app on Google Play.

Preparation

  • To access Google in mainland China, your computer has required network access services configured.

  • A Google Play developer account is created. If you have not registered a developer account, follow the instructions in Play Console Help and register one. The Google Play developer account will be approved within one to two days in most cases.

    The account registration is a paid service and payment with a Visa credit card is required.

  • The official version of the application installation package is obtained. You can download the official version from the Tuya IoT Development Platform after it is verified.

    • To launch the app on Google Play, the package for Google Play must be downloaded.
    • According to the rules of Google Play, a developer account cannot be used to launch several similar apps. Therefore, we recommend that you launch multiple OEM apps with different Google developer accounts. If you have multiple OEM apps under the same Google developer account, we recommend that you migrate the app to a new Google developer account as soon as possible.

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  • Four to five images to be previewed on Google Play are created. They can be the screenshots taken on an Android mobile phone.

  • An application logo is created, with the dimensions of 512×512 pixels and in the PNG format.

  • An image to be previewed on Google Play is created, with the dimensions of 1024×500 pixels and in the PNG format.

Create an app

  1. Use the Google Play developer account to log in to the Google Play Console.

  2. Click Create App.

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  3. Set App name.

  4. Select a desired language from the Default language drop-down list.

  5. Select App in the App or game section.

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  6. Select Free or Paid as needed.

  7. Check Developer Programme Policies, Play App Signing, and U.S. export laws.

  8. Click Create app.

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Enter app information

In the left-side navigation bar, choose Store presence > Main store listing.

Enter the app details

Enter information such as the app name, short description, and full description.

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Upload the preview images

  1. In the App icon section, upload the app logo with the dimensions of 512×512 pixels and in the PNG or JPEG format.

  2. In the Feature graphic section, upload a cover image without the alpha channel. The dimensions must be 1024×500 pixels and the JPEG format is recommended.

  3. In the Phone screenshots, 7-inch tablet screenshots, and 10-inch tablet screenshots sections, upload the screenshots that demonstrate the app in use.

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Add multilingual translations

If the app will be listed in different countries, preview information must be added in different languages. For this purpose, click Manage translations at the top of the page, select the required languages, and then modify the app information to match these changes.

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Add store settings

  1. In the left-side navigation bar, choose Store presence > Store settings.

  2. Select App from the App or game drop-down list.

  3. Select Tools from the Category drop-down list.

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  4. Website: the official website or the technical support website.

  5. Email address: We recommend that you use an email address for the public. It will be displayed on Google Play.

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Upload the app bundle

  1. In the left-side navigation bar, click Release > Production > Create new release.

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  2. Click Change app signing key.

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  3. Click Use a different key.

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  4. Copy the underscored content.

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    Paste the copied content to the Tuya IoT Development Platform to get the private key file.

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    When you select an option from Purpose on the Tuya IoT Development Platform:

    • Select Initial Launch on Google Play if it is the first time you launch the app on Google Play.
    • Select Update Launched App if you want to update the launched app.
  5. Upload the secret key file to Google Play.

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  6. Upload the app bundle downloaded from the Tuya IoT Development Platform to Google Play.

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  7. Enter a brief description of the app functionality. The Release notes field must be modified. Click Save.

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Set the target countries or regions

In the left-side navigation bar, choose Production > Countries/regions, click Add countries/regions, and then select the countries or regions where the app is available.

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Configure app content

In the left-side navigation bar, select App content, and set Privacy policy, Ads, App access, Content ratings, and Target audience and content.

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Privacy policy

Click Start, enter the URL of the privacy policy, and then click Save. This URL must be provided.

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Ads

Click Start, select No, and then click Save.

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App access

  1. Click Start, select All or some functionality is restricted, and then click Add new instructions.

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  2. Enter the test account information, including the name, username or phone number, and password. Enter the area code of the account in the Any other instructions field, and click Apply. The test account will be used for registration and login to the app.

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Content ratings

  1. Click Start > Start questionnaire.

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  2. Provide an email address to receive the Rating Certificate of the app.

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  3. Select the Utility, Productivity, Communication, or Other category of questionnaires.

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  4. Choose NO for all items and click Save > Next.

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  5. Click Submit.

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Target audience and content

  1. Click Start > Target age group > 18 and over > Next.

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  2. Select Appeal to children > No > Next.

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  3. Click Save.

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Data safety

Prior to July 20, 2022, for all apps to be launched or already launched on Google Play, a Data safety form must be completed and submitted. Otherwise, the apps cannot be updated, or will potentially be unlisted from Google Play. For more information, see Fill in Google Play’s Data Safety Form.

Apply for listing

In the left-side navigation pane, click Release > Production > Releases > Review release.

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After the official listing, Google Play will perform certain testing on the app, which normally takes about one day. If the app passes all the testing, it will be automatically listed.

Google Play might not be accessed in the network environment in mainland China.