How to upload app to IOS App Store

  1. Login to developer.apple.com/account
  2. Click on ITunes Connect from left panel
  3. Select My Apps
  4. Click on + icon and select New App from dropdown
  5. Select IOS from platforms
  6. Enter Name, select primary language,
  7. Choose bundle id from dropdown
  8. Enter a unique SKU id for your app to identify and click on Create
  9. Enter subtitle in next screen and a privacy URL if you have
  10. Select primary and secondary category
  11. Click on Save
  12. Go to Pricing and Availability and select appropriate pricing info and click on Save
  13. Go to Prepare for submission
  14. Upload app screenshots, you can get the screenshots using our preview app, you need to upload at-least 1 screenshots for both iphone and ipad of 1242×2208 and 2048×2732 sizes respectively
  15. and enter description, keywords, support url, marketing url, contact information, phone, emailTip: don’t mention that this is an app for some website, give contact us link in support url, not the website home page link
  16. Skip iMessage App, Apple Watch section
  17. Also skip Build section for now, till you get the .app file from us
  18. Upload App Icon of size 1024×1024 a JPG image (should not be transparent)
  19. Enter copyright info, Address
  20. Enter the rating information by clicking on Edit and selecting appropriate checkboxes for your app
  21. Jump to App Review Information section and uncheck sign in required check box
  22. Enter Install the app and browse the posts in Notes textbox
  23. And your contact information for apple review team to contact you – just in case they have any questions for you, leave the Notes box empty
  24. Click On Save
  25. Once you get the .app file from us, upload it via Application loader by following these steps
  26. Once you get an email about successful processing of build upload, login back to itunes, go to the app, and Prepare for Submission from left and click on + icon under builds section and select appropriate build
  27. Now click on Submit for Review button on top right
  28. Select No in Export Compliance
  29. Select Yes/No in Content Rights appropriately
  30. Select  Yes in Advertising Identifier
  31. Select Server Advertisements within the app checkbox
  32. and select Limit Ad Tracking in setting in IOS checkbox
  33. And Submit button on top right
  34. it might take upto 2 weeks for IOS team to review your app, you will get an email after your app is approved/rejected

To prevent the possibility of app rejection

  1. Try to keep the ads minimum
  2. Keep wordpress comments on with counts feature
  3. Check which theme gives more app like feeling than simply a website
  4. Don’t mention app for website, description should be clear on what app offers
  5. Don’t use IOS, apple, android words in the description, keywords, logo
  6. upload enough screenshots which covers full functionality

How to Generate a WildCard App ID for Apple build

  1. Login to https://developer.apple.com/account
  2. go to App IDs from left sidebar
  3. Click on + icon on top right
  4. Enter “<Your Team Name> WildCard” under APP ID Description, ex. AndroApp WildCard, this is important for us to identify your profile
  5. Scroll down and select Wildcard App ID
  6. Enter * in bundle ID field
  7. Do not enable any services and click on Continue
  8. Create a provisioning profile for this wildcard app id https://androapp.mobi/blog/create-provisioning-profile/289

Note:- this has to be done only once per apple developer account, so even if you are going to publish multiple apps from your account, you don’t need to create multiple wildcard app id, after all that’s why it is called wildcard 🙂

AndroApp – IOS vs Android feature comparison

We have been working on IOS version of AndroApp and it will work very similar to Android version, however there will be few differences to start with

Here is the feature comparison of both IOS and Android versions

 Feature  Android  IOS
 Unlimited Push Notification  ✓  ✓
 Dynamic Expandable Menu  ✓  ✓
 Parallax Effect on featured Image on post detail page  ✓  ✓
Ads  Admob, AppNext, Mopub  Admob
 Landscape Mode  ✓  ✘
 Pull Down Refresh   ✓  ✓
 Image Save  ✓   ✓
 Offline Save  ✓  ✓
 Social Shares  ✓  ✓
 Comments  Wordpress, Facebook  Wordpress
 Splash Image  ✓  ✓
 Search  ✓  ✓
 Deep Linking  ✓  ✘
 Selective Ads Display on Screen  ✓  ✓
 Different Fonts  ✓  ✓

How to create Distribution Certificate for IOS App

  1. Login to https://developer.apple.com/account
  2. Select Certificate, IDs & Profiles from left sidebar
  3. Select All under Certificates from left sidebar
  4. Click on + icon on top right
  5. Select App Store and Ad Hoc under Production and click ContinueScreen Shot 2017-06-26 at 1.59.58 PM
  6. If you have macbook follow the instructions on next page to create a CSR file

    Create a CSR file.

    In the Applications folder on your Mac, open the Utilities folder and launch Keychain Access.

    Within the Keychain Access drop down menu, select Keychain Access > Certificate Assistant > Request a Certificate from a Certificate Authority.

    • In the Certificate Information window, enter the following information:
      • In the User Email Address field, enter your email address.
      • In the Common Name field, create a name for your private key (e.g., John Doe Dev Key).
      • The CA Email Address field should be left empty.
      • In the “Request is” group, select the “Saved to disk” option.
    • Click Continue within Keychain Access to complete the CSR generating process.
  7. In the next screen, upload the .certSigningRequest file you created OR if you don’t have the mac, you can use this file.
  8. Click on download  button in the next screen, you will get a file ios_distribution.cer, keep this file safe and handy, you will not be able to download it again.Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 2.10.54 PM
  9. We would need your Public and private key both to be able to create the build on behalf of you, please follow this link to export your certificate.

How to create a Provisioning Profile for IOS App

  1. Login to https://developer.apple.com/account
  2. Select Certificate, IDs & Profiles from left sidebar
  3. Select Distribution under Provisioning Profiles from the left sidebar
  4. Click on + icon from top right
  5. Select App Store under distribution and click on continue
  6. Select the App ID for which you want to create this profile
  7. Select a Distribution certificate
  8. Enter a Profile name for your reference
  9. click on Download, keep the downloaded file safe

How to Create IOS App Id

  1. Login to https://developer.apple.com/account
  2. go to App IDs from left sidebar
  3. Click on + icon on top right
  4. Enter the App Name for your referenceScreen Shot 2017-06-16 at 8.53.56 PM
  5. Select Expicit App ID and enter you package name which you must have received for android app in the mails from us. ex. mobi.androapp.mysite (replace androapp in package name by app, ex. if your Android package name is mobi.androapp.xyz, enter mobi.app.xyz here)Screen Shot 2017-06-16 at 8.55.33 PM
  6. Select push notifications from App ServicesScreen Shot 2017-06-16 at 8.55.47 PM
  7. Click Continue
  8. Click Register on the next screen
  9. And Done in the next one

How to Install AndroApp Plugin

What is AndroApp Plugin

it is a wordpress plugin, to create an Android and IPhone App – without any programming language.

How to install?

you can install it on any wordpress website by following these simple steps

  1. Login to your wordpress dashboard and Plugins->Add New from the left sidebaradd_new_from_plugins-wordpress
  2. Search for AndroApp and click on Install Now buttoninstall-now-androapp-wordpress-plugin
  3. Click on Activate Plugin link in the next screenactivate-androapp-wordpress
  4. AndroApp plugin is installed on your site, now you can click on Settings link to configure it OR click AndroApp in the left sidebar on your wordress dashboardandroapp-settings-wordpress

How to create firebase app for IOS

If you have not created a project for android app on firebase, follow this link to create one and than come back here.

Now

  1. Go to https://console.firebase.google.com
  2. click on the existing project where you want to add the IOS appScreen Shot 2017-05-04 at 8.07.30 PM
  3. click on Add another App linkScreen Shot 2017-05-04 at 8.08.09 PM
  4. select IOSScreen Shot 2017-05-04 at 8.08.47 PM
  5. enter your package name(you must have got this in email from us) in bundle id field and give a name for your reference eg. XYZ IOS App in App nickname, leave app store id field blank. (replace androapp in package name by app, ex. if your Android package name is mobi.androapp.xyz, enter mobi.app.xyz here)Screen Shot 2017-05-04 at 8.10.44 PM
  6. Click on Download GoogleService-Info.plist file and click on continue buttonScreen Shot 2017-05-04 at 8.11.57 PM
  7. Again click on Continue in the next screen
  8. And click on Finish in next screen (both 7 and 8 are done by us for you :))
  9. Open GoogleService-Info.plist file and copy GOOGLE_APP_ID field value, it will look something like this 1:934357332944:ios:8cdf192452ea68f9
  10. paste this in the Google App Id for IOS in AndroApp->Account Settings tab.

How to create nice screenshots for your app

You need to upload 2-3 screenshots and feature graphics in google play developer console and apple developer console.

These screenshots plays important role in your app listing, this is the first thing which gets users attention when he visits play store, or anywhere else, higher the attention, higher the chances of app install.

recently, we visited one of our client clintonfitch.com’s play store link and found their screenshots very attractive

here is the one from his playstore listing

clintonfitch_app_screenshot

you can checkout more screenshots @ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.androapp.clintonfitch.c2214

So, we connected with him and requested to share the secret behind these nice looking images, and we are glad he shared the secret to these amazing screenshots with us.

He used an Android App Screener.

here is the Screener introduction demo:

its actually very simple to use, we are giving out the brief steps to use it

  1. install the screener app from play store
  2. download any one device’s frame
  3. Once downloaded, click on the frame and you will see a + button in middle of the screen, click this button to select the image of your choice from your phone.
  4. You can change the background color, add shadow, add background image etc.
  5. once you are satisfied you can click on export icon on top right to save the image
  6. and you have your nice looking screenshot ready.

there are various other features in screener app, which we are sure you will explore.

So, go ahead and update your app screenshots now.