A Step-By-Step Guide to Setup Your App Store Developer Accounts
Tammy Slaughter wrote this article
So, it’s time to set up your very own developer account.
The good news is, this is a relatively painless, easy part of the app development process. Once design is over, this step truly marks the beginning of the app development process, so if you’ve made it to this point, you’re (sort of) halfway there!
To submit apps to the App Store and Google Play, you need an iOS Developer Account and Android Developer Account, respectively. Below, you’ll find a step-by-step guide on how to set up these accounts.
Please Note: It is key that apps are submitted directly by the provider of the app’s content using their respective Apple Developer Account. If the app and the developer account do not match, Apple will potentially reject the app. Furthermore, this is best practice to ensure you’re never blocked from making changes or edits to your published app.
You’ll need the following information to sign up for an Apple Developer Account
Enrolling as an Individual
If you are an individual or sole proprietor/single person business, sign in with your Apple ID to get started. You’ll need to provide basic personal information, including your legal name and address.
Enrolling as an Organization
If you’re enrolling your organization, you’ll need an Apple ID as well as the following to get started:
A D-U-N-S® Number
Your organization must have a D-U-N-S Number so that we can verify your organization’s identity and legal entity status. These unique nine-digit numbers are assigned by Dun & Bradstreet and are widely used as standard business identifiers. You can check to see if your organization already has a D-U-N-S Number and request one if necessary. They are free in most areas.
Legal Entity Status
Your organization must be a legal entity so that it can enter into contracts with Apple. We do not accept DBAs, fictitious businesses, trade names, or branches.
Legal Binding Authority
As the person enrolling your organization in the Apple Developer Program, you must have the legal authority to bind your organization to legal agreements. You must be the organization’s owner/founder, executive team member, senior project lead, or have legal authority granted to you by a senior employee.
It’s important to get these legal proceedings when it comes to your D-U-N-S® number underway as soon as possible, as it can take a few weeks to process and the App Store requires this number for initial approval into the App Store for organizations.
The last thing you want is something outside of your app’s inner workings affecting your overall launch strategy and timeline!
Creating an iOS Developer account
1. First go to: https://developer.apple.com/enroll and click “Start your Enrollment’. Sign in using your Apple ID (or create an Apple ID if you do not have one yet).
2. Go over the Apple Developer Agreement, check the box confirming that you have read it and click on ‘Submit’.
3. Confirm that all your information is correct (email, name, location), then select an entity. Please do read Apple’s explanation of entities below before you make your choice, so you don’t select the wrong one.
Explanation from Apple:
The Developer name listed on the App Store is based on the type of account selected from the options below. Apps published to Individual Developer Accounts will display the name listed on the iOS Developer Account. Apps published to Company/Organization Developer Accounts will display the Company Name entered within the iOS Developer Account.
- Individual/Sole Proprietor/Single Person Business: Individuals or companies without an officially recognized business (company without a Dun and Bradstreet number). This account only allows for a single primary login to be created to the iOS Developer Account
- Company/Organization: Legally recognized Companies with a Dun and Bradstreet number can select this option. This will allow multiple user logins to be created and managed with varying permissions capabilities for each login. See here to check if your company is a legally recognized company with a Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) number.
4. Fill in all the contact details for your Developer Account.
5. Read the Apple Developer Program License Agreement, and check the box to confirm you have read the agreement and click ‘Continue’.
6. Confirm that all the previously entered information is correct and then click ‘Continue’.
7. Click ‘Purchase’ to enroll and pay for your yearly iOS Developer Account. Don’t forget to check the Automatic Renewal box if you want you membership to be automatically renewed.
8. Sign in with your Apple ID and fill in your billing information. Then click ‘Continue’ to complete the setup of your new iOS Developer Account.
9. Fill in any remaining information on the following pages. Within 24 hours, you should receive a confirmation email from Apple letting you know the setup of your iOS Developer Account was successful.
10. Once your iOS Developer Account is fully setup, enter your iOS developer account information in the CMS under Publish.
Our team is also happy to help with this step once you supply your login info to us, by the way!
Signing Up for a Google Play Developer Account
The steps to signing up for a developer account with Google Play are pretty straightforward.
Follow along with me!
All you need to get started is a Google account. Once you’re signed into Google, go here to setup your Google Play Developer Account.
Do read through the Terms of Service agreements. I know it’s tempting to skip through, but it’s important that you get a feel for the guidelines pertaining to the Google Play Developer Program.
While the App Store is notoriously more stringent, both come with their own unique set of requirements. Click ‘yes’ that you’ve read the Terms of Service to proceed to the next step.
On the same page that you’re asked to accept the TOS, you’ll also have the opportunity to either switch your Google account or create an entirely new one, so your Developer Account will be associated with the app/ company name.
Review any distribution policies as they relate to your app, and get your card ready for the one-time $25 fee to create your Google Play account.
You’re all set!
We Need your Developer Account Logins to Successfully Launch Your App
Unfortunately, granting us admin status if you are an entity developer account is not enough.
This would mean our own developer account’s would have access to multiple developer teams (which Apple does not allow). We need your own personal developer account information for a successful App Store and Google Play submission. The sooner, the better!
Do reach out to your project manager if you have any questions or need assistance with initial setup. We’re here to help!
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