Filling in the Information for your App's App Store Listing

Posted on 8. December 2020 by Jan Bunk

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First Page

Start by opening AppStore Connect.

Click your app.

Fill the information on this first page. When in doubt, click the question mark next to the input field for an explanation.

  • Upload your app screenshots. You can find them in your App Dashboard. If you'd like you can edit them too. You don't have to do that now though, as you can always change them again later. Just make sure the graphics still contain the original screenshot so you're in compliance with the store policies.
  • Fill all the fields as accurately and good as you can.
  • Ignore the sections 'App Clip', 'iMessage App', 'Apple Watch', 'Routing App Coverage File', 'Game Center'.

Select Build

Pick the newest build (highest build number).

Afterwards, an export compliance dialog might come up. To protect your users and to comply with Apple's guidelines, we use encryption. Specifically, apps we create use the 'HTTPS' protocol, which you might know from your own website. It enables encrypted communication with websites and should be used wherever possible for security reasons.

Therefore please pick the following options in the export compliance dialog:

  • Does your app use encryption? Yes
  • Does your app qualify for any exemptions? No
  • Does your app implement any proprietary encryption algorithms? No
  • Does your app implement any standard encryption algorithms instead of using the encryption within Apple's operating system? No

This will inform you that, because of using HTTPS, you will need to submit a year-end self classification report to the US government. I can't provide any legal advice or guarantee for any of the information on this topic, it's just my understanding of the situation. Failing to report the encryption correctly might lead to the termination of your Apple developer account. However I am not sure whether this actually happens and if Apple is in regular communication with the Bureau of Industry and Security about every app. In theory, every app on Apple's and Google's store that uses the internet would have to report to them. This would result in around 4 million emails to them every february.

Further information on the topic:

Review Information

Provide as much app review information as possible. If a decent amount of features of your app/website can't be used without logging in, provide a test account for the reviewers.

For the contact information, please either input my information or consult with me before answering their questions (if they call you, say you need to clarify with your developer). This way we can avoid common mistakes and speed up the review process.

My information:

  • First name: Jan
  • Last name: Bunk
  • Email: auligprYou sh@uld.not see this:
  • Phone Number: +49 176 913You Sh0uldn't S33 this44320

Remember to configure the age rating for your app.

Remember to configure the age rating for your app.

Remember to save your entered information.

App Information

Make sure you keep the App Store Guidelines in mind while filling out the information below.

Click 'App Information'

Enter a subtitle.

Configure the content rights information based on whether your website uses content that requires special rights to use.

Select an app category.

Remember to save your entered information.

Pricing and Availability

Click 'Pricing and Availability'

Click 'Pricing and Availability'

Select a price for your app.

Select where you want your app to be available.

Remember to save your entered information.

App Privacy

Go to 'App Privacy'

Go to 'App Privacy'

Start the questionnaire and click 'Yes, we collect data from this app'

Select any data you collect from your website users. Also select 'Crash Data'.

Depending on your selection you might also have to fill in some information below:

Configure additional options below

Click 'Publish' at the top right to save your privacy information.

That's it! You can now submit your app for review by going back to the main draft page and pressing the blue 'Submit for Review' button on the top right.

Click iOS App - 1.0 Prepare for Submission

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Hi, I'm Jan. I have previously developed multiple apps for clients and my own projects, which have been downloaded thousands of times in the app stores. However, I decided I'd rather help out people with smaller budgets. That's why I created, an affordable way to get an app if you already have a website.