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How to distribute my app out of the stores

Written by Deborah Ferri-Pisani on Wednesday, May 7th 2014 15:00

How to distribute my app out of the stores
You are a small structure, and you don't want or need your app to be published on the App Store or the Google Play Store? It is possible to distribute your app internally, and we are going to tell you how. 

Internal distribution

To distribute your app internally, the process is quite similar to a regular publication on the App Store or the Google Play Store. 

What differs is that instead of submitting your app production file to the store, the distribution file (ipa or APK file) is distributed directly to your users.

For both iOS and Android version, you still need to follow the steps to compile your native app, as described in the step-by-step tutorial in your GoodBarber backend. This doesn’t change.

For the distribution itself, however, a few elements will differ from the store submission :

Distributing the iOS version of your app

To distribute your iOS app out of the App Store, you first need to open an Apple Developer Enterprise account

This account costs $299 a year and allows you to distribute your app out of the App Store. 

Distributing the Android version of your app

To distribute your Android app out of Google Play, it is even simpler: all you need to do is have your users download the APK production file (the file you get after validating your app on your GoodBarber platform). 

The HTML5 alternative

If you don't absolutely need to distribute a native version of your app, remember that you also have the web app alternative.

The HTML5 version of your app is compatible with every smartphone, so it may be a good and simple way of distributing your app when you don't need the functionalities of a native app.

To distribute the HTML5 version, all you need to do is give your users the URL of your web app. They open it in their mobile browser, and can access your app content. Simple as that!

And not to forget: you also have the possibility to customize your URL and create your own domain name

1.Posted by Husam Yaghi on 05/13/2014 8:40 AM
Thank you very much for this info.

2.Posted by JUAN on 11/17/2016 11:56 PM
In the Android Section, you said
"the file you get after validating your app on your GoodBarber platform" ...

what did you mean? whats that process about? when it occurs? I am new on this

3.Posted by Isabella Leland on 11/18/2016 9:24 AM
Hello @JUAN, when compiling your Android app from your GoodBarber back office, you will indeed be able to retrieve the APK of your Android app. To start the process, first, choose the subscription plan of your choice, then, once your app is ready to be published, simply go to the page Publish > Submission > Android in your GoodBarber back office :) Also, feel free to get in touch with our Support team if you have any specific questions related to the submission of your Beautiful App!

4.Posted by Admore Chatsworthy on 12/24/2016 3:07 PM
can i access the apk file if i m still on free trial period. it seems there is no option for that

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