Publishing to the Google Play Store!

Objective: Uploading your game to the Google play store!

It’s happened. You made a mobile game, and you are ready to publish your game. This tutorial I will show you how to do just that. To begin we need to open the Google play console.

Select Create App in the top right corner.

Fill out the information: name, default language, app or game, free or paid. Select create app in the bottom right.

Under ‘Set up your app’ there are a list of tasks to complete.

click App access. For this particular game all functionality is available without special access. Click save in the bottom right.

Next, open Ads. Select if your app contains ads or not. Save.

Content rating, there is a questionnaire to fill out and will generate a rating for you.

Select Submit when you are finished. Move on to target audience. Since this game contains ads, you cannot select lower than 13. On the dashboard select the next task, news apps, and inside decided whether this is a new app or not.

Covid-19 contact tracing and status apps. If your app a publicly available Covid-19 contact tracing app?

Data Safety. Does your app collect or share any of the required user data? Is all the user data collected by your app encrypted in transit? Do you provide a way for users to request that their data is deleted?

‘Select an app category and provide contact details’ Select game or app, and what category. Your email/phone/website.

Now on to the main store listing. You need your apps name, short description, and a long description. You also need an app icon image that is 512px x 512px, as well as, at least 2 screen shots of your game that are 16:9.

Now we can scroll down to ‘Publish your app on Google Play.’ Select create a new release.

Select create new release.

Select Change app signing key > change app signing key > let google manage and protect your app signing key.

This mean your keystore will be stored on Google and we can retrieve it using your email address. Select upload and select your .AAB file we created in the last tutorial.

Once that is uploaded select review release. This will show you if there are any last issues and when you pass select start rollout and confirm. this will take you to your dashboard where you can track the progress of your app as it grows.

You will notice your app’s update status is labeled as in review. It can take anywhere between 8–48 hours for your game to undergo review and be posted to Google Play Store. You’ve done it! Congratulations! You have created a mobile game and published it onto the Google play store. I will see you in the next tutorial!