Google Play Distribution


In order to distribute your apps through Google Play, you must register as a Google Play Developer Console account. The registration fee is $25 (one-time only). It will take 48 hours for your Google Play Developer Console registration to be fully processed. To register, please go here.

If you want to sell your apps, you will also need to register as a Google Checkout merchant as well. To register, please visit Link a Google Play Developer account to your payments profile .

Create a Release Build of the App

Using Monaca Cloud IDE build feature, you can build a release version of your app and upload it to Google Play.

Follow the steps in Building for Android to build a release build of the app. Then, download the built app (APK file).

Register the Apps in Google Play

  1. Go to Google Play Developer Console and login with a valid Google Developer account.

  2. Click on CREATE APPLICATION button.

  3. Choose a default language and enter a title for your app. Then, click CREATE. Then, you will be forwarded to Store listing page.

  4. In this page, you will need to fill in the following necessary information and click SAVE DRAFT.

    Data Description
    Short description Description of your app shown in Google Play. It can be up to 80 characters.
    Full description Description of your app shown in Google Play. It can be up to 4000 characters.
    Screenshots At least 2 screenshots are required but you can upload up to 8 screenshots per type.
    Hi-res icon You are required to upload a high-resolution icon (512x512 PNG file) for your app.
    Feature Graphic You are required to upload a feature graphic (1024x500 PNG file) for your app.
    Application type It can be Applications or Games. They are the major application types in Google Play.
    Category Select a category for your app.
    Content rating Select a content rating of your app as appropriate.
    Contact details You must have at least one support channel for your app. The support channels can be website, email and phone. This information can be viewed by users from Google Play.
    Privacy Policy Input your privacy policy URL if you have one. Otherwise, please tick Not submitting a privacy policy URL at this time..
  5. Go to Content rating section and click CONTINUE.

  6. Fill in your email address and select your app category. Then, you will be asked to answer some questions related to the selected app category.


  8. Confirm your rating information and click APPLY RATING.

  9. Go to Pricing & distribution section. In this page, you will be asked to complete various questions related the price and availability of your app. Until this point, you are successfully complete the necessary information for your app to be ready for a release.

Release the App

In this section, we will start uploading the APK file and finalize the release information of the app before submitting to the Play Store.

  1. Go to App releases section. In this page, you can upload your APK files for testing (Beta and Alpha) and production.

  2. Under the Production section, click on MANAGE PRODUCTION. Then, click on CREATE RELEASE.

  3. Then, you will need to:

    • complete the google Play App Signing option
    • upload the APK file
    • configure the Release name (release version)
    • write about what’s new about this release
  4. Click SAVE and REVIEW.

  5. Review your app’s release information one more time and click on START ROLLOUT TO PRODUCTION button to submit your app to the Play Store. Please note that you can’t submit your app if you don’t configure your app properly. In other words, the START ROLLOUT TO PRODUCTION button is disable unless the required information is completed properly.

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