Making a mobile app could be an exhausting task, especially when you’re pouring your sweat and blood into it and doing it for days, weeks, and even months. However, the process of mobile app design and development isn’t the point at which the story is over.
Once you’ve completed the iOS mobile app creation process The next step is to submit your mobile app to the app store, which is itself quite an undertaking. But don’t fret that it’s not as hard as it might seem. All you need is to adhere to certain principles and regulations.
Step 1. Making the iOS distribution profile
The profile for development provisioning and the certificate that you’ve used are only designed for certain devices. If you want to make your mobile app available to beta testers or users of the app store then you’ll need an individual distribution provisioning profile and certificate.
Xcode offers the most efficient method of doing this. Xcode can take care of generating and managing the certificates, and signing identities, and will handle device registration for you, provided that the automatic signing option is turned on. If you require manual signing, here’s the actions you need to take to sign your app by hand.
- The first step is to connect the Developer Program account to Xcode. Choose Xcode from the menu at the top and then select your preferences.
- Click on Account, and then in the upper left corner, press the + sign. After that, you can add your Apple ID.
- Input the details of your Apple Developer Program as in your Apple ID and Password.
- The next step, activate the automatic signing. Select a signatory from the editor of your project and then select General.
- Select the triangular icon as you scroll down the Signing section in order to increase the options.
- Click on the button “Automatically Manage Signing” and then select your team.
If a new device is connected with your Mac it will be automatically recognized and added to your team’s provisioning profile. It is important to note that to run an application for the device, it has to be registered to your team’s provisioning profile.
Step 2: Create App Store Connect Account
You can make your own App Store Connect Account by following one of these two steps:
You can create your very own App Store Connect company as team agent. Log in using the same ID password you created in the Apple Developer Program or you could employ the services of an iOS App Developer.
Another alternative is to request an invitation from an existing business for a user who has the role of Administrator, Technical or Application Manager.
For apps that are paid
When you submit a paid application, it will require you to sign an agreement that covers all the essential terms and conditions of payment. When your app’s completely free you are able to skip this step. On the app store’s connect dashboard, select Agreements, Taxes and Banking. Then select the Request tab that is located under “Request Contracts”. Check the agreement thoroughly by unchecking the box before clicking submit.
In your new screen, select Add New Contract followed by entering your details. After that, you must fill in the information by clicking Setup in the tax information column. Once you have completed this step then the status of the contract will show as “Processing” until it’s checked by Apple which typically takes about up to an hour. Finally the section titled ‘Contracts In Effect the contract will begin appearing.
Making a new app
Now , you can create an app to the store, however, there are a lot of challenges that developers face when designing the iPhone app before it reaches this point. Choose My Apps from the dashboard for connecting to the app store. Click the + sign and then click on Create a New App. Details such as, the name of the app, platform bundle ID, SKU, default language, and platform are required to create an App Store Connect Record. The following are required:
- Use Keywords in the name of your app to optimize your app.
- The bundle ID has to be a perfect match to the bundle ID in your Xcode information for your project.
- Insofar in an SKU can be seen, people don’t notice the SKU.You can set it up your SKU according to your. It could be an identifier or symbol which is connected to your company or anything that conveys meaning. It can be a combination of numbers as well as letters, hyphens underscores, etc. However, it must always start with a letter, or number.
Step 3: Upload and Achieve the Goal
Before you can submit your app to review on App Store Connect and upload the app by using Xcode. Follow the steps below:
- In Xcode in Xcode, you have to select in Xcode, you must select the Generic iOS device as the deployment destination.
- Choose Archive after selecting the Product option from the menu at the top.
- Any Archives made during the last few years will be shown in The Xcode organizer.
- Choose the app you’ve built and then click on the button Upload to the App Store.
- Click choose after selecting your credentials.
- The next window will open, you will need to click Upload in order to complete the process.
The whole process takes some time, and upon the process is completed, a successful message will be displayed indicating that the upload was completed successfully. Hit Done.
Step 4: Setting up the Metadata of Your App
There’s another requirement you’ll need to meet prior to publishing your app in the store. This entails the collection of certain information, including:
- An Icon
- Screenshot/app preview
In-App Store Connect In-App Store Connect allows you to add additional categories, languages, as well as the URL of your app’s privacy policies on the “App Information” page, which is under the App Store tab.
Step 5: Uploading Screenshots
Upload your screenshots from your mobile app using JPEG and PNG format. You can upload your images to one device and upload them to different sizes depending on the device.
Save the file by clicking save once the upload is completed. However, when it comes to screenshots, there are three most popular methods or ways to make your own screenshots.
App store connect gives you specifics on the size of screenshots in relation to various Apple devices such as iPad, Apple Watch Bands 2022, MacBook and more.
Step 6: Add More Details to your App Store Connect Account Record
When you click save after you have uploaded your screenshots You must scroll down to add additional information such as your app’s description Keywords, Support URL and marketing URL.
Step 7: Submitting your app for review
Click on the Build section and then click “Select one build prior to you upload your app” within your app’s connector record. Select the build created by Xcode and then click “Done”. Save the file to save the file. Then, click the tab “Submit to Review”.
Step 8: Monitor/Track The Status Your App is in
Choose Activity, followed by App Store versions from the left-hand side of App Store Connect. This is where you can view the state of your application.