App Store Connect Guide

This document describes how to use App Store Connect to submit an app for distribution through the App Store.

Prerequisite

You are required to have a Team Agent account under Apple Developer Program.

Registering the App

In order to register your app in App Store Connect, please do as follows:

  1. Login to App Store Connect with your Team Agent account.
  2. Go to My Apps.
  3. Select + → New App .

  4. Enter the information about the app on the form that appears as seen below:

    Data Description
    Platforms Choose a platform for your app.
    Name Enter your app’s name as it will appear on the App Store. It can’t be longer than 255 characters.
    Primary Language Choose a default language for your app.
    Bundle ID Select a Bundle ID which can be an explicit App ID or a wildcard App ID. If it’s a wildcard App ID, you also need to specify a bundle ID suffix. If it’s an explicit App ID, it must exactly match the bundle identifier in your app.
    Bundle ID Suffix Once you select a Bundle ID, the input field for Bundle ID Suffix will be displayed. It’s a string that is appended to the bundle ID property if the bundle ID is a wildcard App ID. The bundle ID and bundle ID suffix must form a bundle identifier that exactly matches the bundle identifier in your app.
    SKU Enter the code to identify the app. Although the code is up to your decision, it is necessary to create an ID that will identify the app in a unique way.
  5. Click Create. Then, you will be redirected to the App Information page.

  6. In the App Information page, choose a category for your app and click Save.

  7. Go to Pricing and Availability. In this page, you will need to configure 3 main points such as price schedule, available areas for your app and volume purchase program. Then, click Save.

  8. Go to Prepare for Submission. In this page, you will need to configure:

    • App video preview and screenshots: at least one screenshot is required.
    • Description
    • Keywords
    • Support URL
    • App icon
    • Copyright
    • Contact information.
  9. After the configuration, click Save.

Uploading the App

Monaca offers iOS App Upload feature which allows you to upload your app to App Store Connect right from Monaca IDE without using a Mac.

In addition to the upload function provided by Monaca, you can also upload apps to App Store Connect using Transporter or the altool included in Xcode.

altool usage example

xcrun altool --upload-app -f file -u username -p password

For information about altool, see Using altool.

If you upload multiple versions of the app, please make sure that each app file has different version number. Otherwise, the upload will fail.

Selecting the Uploaded App

Once you successfully uploaded your app to App Store Connect, it can be selected to submit to the App Store. Please do as follows:

  1. From App Store Connect, go to Prepare for Submission. Under Build section, click +.

  2. Select your build and click Done.

  3. Click Save.

Submitting the App

Now that you have completed the necessary configurations, your app is ready to be submitted.

  1. From App Store Connect, go to Prepare for Submission.
  2. Click Submit for Review.

After you’ve successfully submitted the app, you will need to wait for the review from Apple. Apple will review your app and see if it is eligible or qualified to be in App Store. Usually, it takes two weeks for the review. Therefore, please wait patiently for it.

Publishing the App

When your app is accepted by Apple, it will be up in the App Store.

The large app icon, which was not necessary before, is now required for the submission. In fact, the required environment and information have changed in the submission procedure for the registration. If a registration/submission is not successful, please make sure you complete necessary configurations properly.

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