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This topic describes how to create a trial app on the Tuya IoT Development Platform, create an official OEM IPC app, launch the app, and configure general parameters.
Choose IPC OEM App development template.
In the dialog box, complete the app information, carefully read and accept terms in OEM APP Service and Software License Agreement.
tuya.com, the package name can be set to
The UI configuration determines your app appearance and the application icons of the app.
Set App Icon. This icon is displayed on the mobile phone desktop, notification bar, etc., which is very important.
Set App Splash Page. A splash screen is automatically generated after you upload the logo. You can also upload a preferred page to change the existing one.
Set App Theme Color
Set App Tab Icon Settings. Tuya provides default icons. Also, you can upload the desired icon.
More Custom Settings. Tuya provides default icons. Also, you can upload the desired icon.
Sign In/Sign Up Logo: The logo must be in the .png format, with the dimensions of 400 × 400 pixels.
Upload an empty list page: the bottom image when all lists in the app are empty. The file must be in the .png format, with the dimensions of 360 × 360 pixels.
Default avatar: the default avatar on the Me tab of the app. The file must be in the .png format, with the dimensions of 144 × 144 pixels.
Sign In/Sign Up Background: The file must be in the .png format, with the dimensions of 1080 × 1920 pixels. Currently, the button font color on this page is fixed. You must upload the image and confirm the preview effect. We recommend that you change the background.
Default background of location: Support PNG format, size limit is 858 * 537 px.
- To try an OEM app with a few simple clicks, click Next: Function after the preceding configurations.
- You can use the default configuration of the basic function or modify the configuration. Choose Next: Build > Build Now, wait until the app is built, and then test the app. Each version can be built up to 10 times a day and up to 30 times a month.
You can choose whether to enable or set the functions.
About Us: You can enter your official website link in the format of https://. If the link does not start with
https://, this page cannot be opened in the app. Currently, only the pages in Chinese and English are supported. To navigate to a page in another language, enter the link in the field for the English language.
Copyright Information: To add the copyright information to the app, tap Me at the bottom of the page, tap the setting icon in the top right corner of the page, and then tap About. Currently, only Chinese and English are supported.
User Agreement: Due to the rules of the major app stores, it is enabled by default. After it is enabled, the logged-in user can also view the latest version of the user agreement.
Support service plan: You can set the switch of this function according to whether you want to enable the custom service plan function.
Enable free service code：If you don’t need to confirm the user’s source according to the user’s service code, select support to enable the free service code, otherwise not supported.
Close the service code binding entry：When you need your user to enter the service code, that is, you have configured the support open service code, you can use this setting item to set whether you need to guide the customer to fill in the service code after the user logs in to the account. If you need to guide, Choose not supported to close the service code binding entry, otherwise choose support.
Third-Party Voice Assistants
If your product supports a smart speaker, you can select the required voice assistant, and add the name of the supported skill in the input box next to the name of the voice assistant. Then, choose Me > Third-Party Voice Services on the app to see the icon for navigation to the documents.
If you select Customize Document Content, you can click Edit File to edit the document in a preferred language in the pop-up box.
The preset text is displayed in the online editor. You can modify and save this template. Users can view the latest version of the text.
To create a document in languages other than Chinese and English, you must first create the version in English and click the language drop-down list, select the required language, and then edit the content.
- If you enable Alexa and Google Assistant for your app, you need to subscribe to separate OEM skills for each of the voice assistants. Otherwise, the voice control might fail.
- The Alexa app-to-app account linking is available. For more information, click Service Description to view the description or click Subscribe to purchase the service.
- You can enable or disable the preferred voice-enabled service, or modify the document for the service without the need to rebuild the app.
After the app configuration is completed, choose Next: Build App > Build. Then, the system builds each app package in the sequence of application time, and the page will prompt the estimated build time. After the app is built, the system pushes the build result to your account of Tuya IoT Development Platform by email or SMS.
Launch Checklist: When you visit this page for the first time, this page displays the required configuration items for your app to be published on the app store. However, to optimize your tests and experience, you can click Build to build the app for tests in advance.
If the app is built, you can use your mobile phone to scan the QR code to download and install the app for tests. The QR code automatically identifies the mobile phone system and supports both Android and iOS.
In the very rare case that the build fails, an error message is returned to help you troubleshoot the error. You can also submit a ticket to request technical support.
The trial version is created and configured on the Tuya IoT Development Platform through the above process. After the app is built, you can scan the QR code for the trial version to download and install the app on your mobile phone.
If you have already purchased the OEM App service, ignore this step and publish the app on the app stores.
Because the service plan, service code, alarm information push, and many other functions in the IPC OEM App, are closely related to the Value-added Service Platform, you need to use your IoT account to get a Value-added Service management Platform account before you purchase OEM app service.
If your app passes the test, you can publish the app on the app stores. If the OEM App service is not purchased, you cannot get the installation package for publishing. After the trial version expires, you cannot continue to use the app.
Click Purchase OEM App and follow the instructions on the page to place an order and complete the payment.
Select App: Select the app to be purchased.
Company Developer Account: Prepare a developer account for the app stores in advance. We recommend that you register an overseas developer account in App Store.
Tel: Enter the phone number of the contact person.
Email: Enter the email address of the contact person.
After the information is confirmed, click Submit Requests. Tuya will review the request and reply with a quotation. After the review is passed, your account of Tuya IoT Development Platform will receive a notification.
Payment Information: If your OEM app has been paid offline, provide your order number and contact the Tuya staff to bind the payment.
Invoice: You can choose whether to request an invoice. If you want an invoice, provide the invoice information after the service is completed and contact the Tuya staff to get an invoice.
After you select the payment method and complete the payment, you can return to the studio and continue to configure your app.
After you subscribe to the OEM app service, enter the App Overview from the OEM app list and update the following information.
Modify App Name: Currently, the name can be set only in Chinese and English. If the name in Simplified Chinese is not specified, the name in English is displayed.
History Version: If you have created two or more versions of your app, the History Version entry will be displayed. Click it to view the configuration information of the historical versions.
Change Template: If the template version currently used by your app is earlier than the latest template on the Tuya IoT Development Platform, you can click Change Template, and click Update in the pop-up box to select and use the latest template. The updates take effect only after you rebuild the app. Click View Release Notes to view the functions of the latest template.
Note: If you want to automatically receive notifications about the latest template, you can subscribe to App Update notifications from the Subscribe service.
Continue: Click here to enter the last configuration page of the latest version.
Recommended Value-Added Services: If you want to subscribe to more functions of the app, you can view and subscribe to desired services here.
Data & Operation: You can view the analysis and feedback of the users and check information about the knowledge base for the app.
When the app test is finished, click Next: Publish App.
Note: After you modify the content in the development step, such as UI and extended functions, you need to rebuild the app.
If you have not purchased the publishing service, we recommend that you purchase the app publishing service in advance. Because certain required functions of the app depend on third-party platforms, we provide related configuration services for Location, App Certificate, and Push Certificate.
If you have already purchased the publishing service, the system will display a prompt, and the Tuya staff will contact you. You can ignore the steps for the publishing and the Tuya staff will complete the follow-up operations.
After the app test is finished, click Next: Publish App. The system automatically checks the required items. When the app is not fully configured, the page will prompt you to configure it. You can click Configuration to configure one by one.
Note: As long as any configuration item is modified, the app must be rebuilt to take effect. After the configuration is completed, you can rebuild the app. To accelerate the build process, we recommend that you complete all the configurations at once before building.
After the app is built, uninstall the previous app version and download and test the app of the later version. Check whether to enable or disable the Android push function and map function and continue to publish the app. The iOS push service can only be tested after the app is published.
You can upload and download the installation package for iOS on the platform. To pass the strict review of apps for iOS, carefully read the operation manual and publish your app according to the specifications.
The installation package for iOS supports Android (Mainland China) and Google Play-specific packages. New installers to Google Play since August 2021 must use the app bundle file.
By default, the Android (Mainland China) package includes AutoNavi map service. It allows login with WeChat and Tencent QQ accounts and supports push notification services for multiple mobile phone brands.
The Google Play-specific package includes Google Maps and the push notification services.
(Optional) You can submit a ticket to consult and solve the problems when you publish the app.
After your app has passed the review, click Published at the bottom of the page to confirm that the app has been published on the app stores.
To publish your app, the following functions are required.
Tuya provides Template Reference in multiple languages including Chinese, English, German, French, and Japanese. You can download and customize your content. To publish your app, versions in English are required.
If you want to publish your app on the App Store, you need to upload the relevant certificate here. To create a certificate, you need to register a developer account first. For more information, see the corresponding documents. If the certificate is not uploaded, the system will not be able to build an installation package, and the app cannot be published.
Auto Generate Certificates (recommended): This function is an auxiliary function. The certificate preparation process of the iOS certificate platform is complex. You can enable the automatic generation and upload of all certificates. You only need to enter the authorization information to quickly complete the certificate configuration.
Manually Create and Upload Certificates: For more information, see Making an iOS Certificate.
To publish your app on the Android app stores, upload the relevant certificate here. To create a certificate, you need to register an Android developer account first and configure the app as required by the app stores. For more information, see the corresponding documents. If the certificate is not uploaded, the system will not be able to build an installation package, and the app cannot be published.
Re-signing for Android: App security can be improved after setting. For more information, see Resignature Configuration.
App Signing Certificate: You can apply the certificate to specific services. For example, you must provide the certificate to get the token that enables Login with Amazon (LWA).
Set the Push certificate according to the location of the app user:
Google FCM: the certificate information that must be set when you use the Google Push service. For more information, see Register the Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM).
If you are pushing to users in mainland China, you can use the Tuya push channel or Umeng push channel.
In addition, if you want users to receive pushes without the need to open the app, you need to set up the branded system-level channel to push certificate information.
Click Get SHA-1 to get the related values, follow the instructions in Apply for Google Map Key and Apply for AutoNavi Map KEY to get the Google Map key or AutoNavi key, and then enter the key in the corresponding box.
Currently, you can choose the category of the devices to be paired. It is set to Standard View by default. For this category, the same pairing list and guide content as the Tuya Smart app are used. In the standard view, you cannot modify the pairing list and guide content.
After the app is built, take template A v3.24.6 as an example (click to add a device). An example of the app page is as follows in the standard view.
If you have less than 10 categories, you can choose Tile View. Users do not need to switch categories. All available product categories are easily visualized.
If you have more product categories or cross multiple categories, you can choose List View. Users can quickly find the pairing entry of the target product category through classification, and complete the pairing according to the guidance.
Customize specific steps
Click Create Custom Category. In the Custom Category for Pairing dialog box, select the product to be associated with the category.
If no product has been created for the current space account, the product cannot be associated. You need to create a product first or choose Add Standard Category. For more information about how to create a product, see Create Products.
After the association, during pairing through the specified pairing category, the app user can see pairing guide content. Accurate pairing guide content can improve the success rate of pairing.
After the product is associated, the category icon will default to the icon of the associated product. Also, you can upload other icons.
The category name can be customized. The default Chinese and English are required. After the creation is successful, you can set the category name in other languages in the dialog box that appears.
Click a category to see an icon with three lines on the left side of the category. Click and hold the icon to move the specified category.
Click Setup Instructions in the Operation column to navigate to the pairing guide setting page of the product. You can complete the pairing guide content according to the actual operation steps and points for attention.
Click the icon with three dots in the Operation column to view more operation items.
Click Multilingual, you will be redirected to the multi-language configuration page of this app’s pairing list.
Click Modify to see the specified information in the dialog box. You can modify the information.
Click Delete. In the message that appears, click OK to delete the category. The deletion operation immediately takes effect. Proceed with caution.
Add a standard category
Click Add Standard Category. In the dialog box, add the required standard categories to the Selected category column.
You cannot modify the icon, name, and pairing guide content of a standard category. You can only adjust the sorting in the list of paired devices or delete the category.
App Store requires that both Apple login and third-party login must be enabled for the same apps. You can enable the third-party login in the Apple certificate.
Users in mainland China can log in to your app with Tencent QQ and WeChat accounts.
Users in other regions or countries can log in with Facebook, Google, or LINE accounts. If a user logs in with a Facebook account, a minimum activity level is required. If the minimum activity level is not reached, the authorization might be revoked and the user cannot log in to the app with a Facebook account. For more information, see Facebook Login Application.
This page displays the malls that are associated with the app, including multilingual navigation names and mall center names.
If you have not subscribed to the mall service, you can subscribe to the trial version first.
You can choose whether to enable simultaneous login to multiple mobile phones with the same account.
The QR code can be printed on the outer packaging of the product and can be used properly even if the app is updated later. Make sure that the download address entered is available. The app details page of each app store is preferred.
Note: The QR code of one download address must be configured before the QR code can be displayed. You can get download links in the app stores. Only after the download link of each operating system is set, the mobile phones of the corresponding operating system can scan the QR code, and visit the download link to download the app.
When a version update of your app has released, you can configure a push notification here and push the update to the user’s app. The user chooses whether to update or not. For more information, see Configure Upgrade Notification Push.
If your app uses the template version v3.20.0 or later, the setting bar will appear. You can add an app account in mainland China to the whitelist. Choose Me > Settings > Multilingual Debug Mode in your app. This allows you to check the latest updates of UI text. For more information, see What is the debug whitelist?
Currently, you can modify all entries in batch and modify specified entries online.
Method 1 (batch modification): You can export the language content table of the app, modify the content in the table, and post the modification.
Method 2 (individual modification): You can search for the specified entry through the app content and modify it.
For more information, see App Multilingual Introduction.
The OEM app can be iterated and updated. After you enable the subscription function on the Subscribe page, when the template is updated, the system automatically sends the update notification to the specified email address.
Note: Currently, up to 30 email addresses can be set at the same time.
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