The time has come. You are going to create and publish an Android application to billions of Google Play users. But how exactly do you accomplish that? What are the steps?
Google Play has its own Development Console dedicated to app developers and owners. Here you can manage all the stuff related to your apps: how they are displayed and marketed in Google Play, see stats, conversion rates, do A/B tests and much more.
You need to create a developer account to access it by going to this registration link. The process will take 5 minutes and will cost you $25 for lifetime membership.
Your developer account is going to be associated with your Google account (no surprise here). But it’s always safer and more convenient to create a dedicated Google account specifically for your app (or apps).
As a bonus, you will be able to simply pass credentials to your developers, so they set up all the things for you. So make sure you are selecting the right account here.
Here you need to check a few checkboxes and make sure that you have:
- credit card with $25, which you can use for payment
- form of photo identification that matches the payment method
In such a way, Google wants to make sure you are the real person and eligible for accessing Google Play Developer Program.
Pay registration fee
Here you need to pay the registration fee with a credit card, which has you as a cardholder. This is an important step, but if something goes wrong you will be able to refund the payment, so no worries.
Finally, you need to complete account details, which will be displayed to the users on Google Play. But again, you will be able to change them later.
Voilá, now you can access Google Play Developer Console by visiting this link, just make sure you are logged in with the right Google account first. 😉