Google has tons of developer tools and products. What we need for these purposes is the Google Play Console. We are going to be updating our app from version 3.1.1gk to 3.2.1gl. We have integrated Facebook ads into the latest version of our app.
Google Play Console Dashboard
So let’s start. First, log into your Google Play Console (safe to assume you have a gmail account). Once logged in you will see a list of all your apps you have submitted to Google’s appstore including published and unpublished. Find the app you need to update and click on it.
You will be taken to the dashboard for that app. In our case it’s the “What Movie is that From” Quiz game. We want to access the settings for Release Management which will allow us to manage new releases and take us to the Release Dashboard. Once on the dashboard you click Manage Release and it will take you to the App Releases section.
Managing Production and App Releases
This is where you manage your app’s APKs, review release history, and rollout your app to production, alpha, or beta. Press where it says Manage Production in blue and you will be taken to the Production section where you will see a list of all your releases.
Click Create Release
Click Upload your latest APK file
Drag your APK file or Browse your files to upload your APK
After your file is finished uploading click Save Draft
You should now see the latest version reflected on your dashboard
Add “What’s new in this release?” for me it was “integrated Facebook Ads“. Click Save which will then grey out and become Saved. Then click Review
Start Rollout To Production
Once done, the Saved and Review buttons that were there disappear and are replaced with a blue button. The blue button says Start Rollout To Production. Click that in order to publish the APK to Google Play.
That’s it, your app will update on the Google Play Appstore shortly after. If you check your release dashboard it should reflect the latest version of your app.
Now go to the Google Play store and locate your apps page and you should see the Current Version is the latest version which is 3.2.1gl. This will take a few hours to reflect that.
Now that’s done and our app is Live. Go to the Facebook Developers account to make the ads live. If you don’t you’ll see “This app is in development mode and can only be used by app admins, developers and testers“. For the steps we took to make our Facebook ads live or public click here to read the blog post. If you need to know how to add your app to your Facebook developers account read the blog post “how to add your app to Facebook ads”. Signing up for a developers account is easy if you already have a facebook account.
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