Android - Testing Your App Before Distribution

The following article provides more information about testing your Android app prior to submitting it to the Google Play Store.

Important Information

Even with installing your app on an actual Android device, you will be unable to test the following items until your app is live:

  • Issue purchase
  • Subscription purchase
  • Mag+ Subscription API logins

Before you begin

Configure your Android Testing Device to allow installation of third-party apk files

1. Go to the "Settings" application on your Android device.

2. Choose the "Security" option located under the heading "Personal".

3. Under "Device Administration" place a checkbox next to the option "Unknown Sources".

This allows you to install applications on your Android device that are not downloaded directly from the Google Play store.

Transferring the APK file to your Testing Device

Note: There are multiple ways to copy files to an Android device. This article describes e-mailing an ".apk" file to a device, which may not be possible if your e-mail server has file-size limitations. Google Play offers apps for download which let you directly copy files onto an Android device.

1. On your computer, attach the ".apk" file to an e-mail and send it to an account that you can access via your Android device.

2. On the Android device, click on the ".apk" attachment in the e-mail in order to download it.

3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the application.

Note: If the install screen does not automatically appear for you after the apk file has finished downloading, you may need to then go to the device's download menu and tap on it there.

4. When satisfied with the app's performance, you can go to the Google Play Store and submit the APK for distribution.

Important Information

Note: When submitting your app to Google Play there is now a review process. Your Android app should be reviewed within a few hours and then appear in the Google Play store within 24 hours, provided there are no problems discovered.
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