Kindle Fire - Updating a Live App

Building and submitting an update to your app is much easier than creating it for the first time. The following is a step-by-step guide to the process.

How to Update Your Kindle Fire App in the Amazon Developer Console

1. Log into your Mag+ Publish account and click on the "Apps" tab.

2. Change your Build Settings or other options as needed.

Each section of the Assets and Configuration area features a label indicating whether all the required information has been completed. If an area requires more configuration, or if a validity check fails, then the section will read "Incomplete" and you will not be allowed to create a new build.

3. Once all fields have a "Complete" label, you can click the "Build for Amazon" button at the bottom of the screen.

Note: For some users, it may simply read "Generate a New Build."

4. In a few minutes, you can reload the page and see a new time-stamped link to a package containing your app file.

5. Log into the Amazon Developer Console <https://developer.amazon.com/home.html> and click on the app you want to update.

6.  Click on the link labeled "Add Upcoming Version."

Note: This will duplicate most of the settings associated with the current version of your app. You will however, need to configure several other options as shown in the steps below.

7. After confirming the warning, you should fill out the Content Rating tab as appropriate and then click on "Save."

8. In the Binary File tab, click on the "Edit" button at the bottom of the screen.

9. In the screen that appears, click on the "Remove Binary" button.

Note: You will get a warning telling you that it may reduce the number of targeted devices. Go ahead and click "Ok."

10. You can then click on the "Upload Binary" button to upload the ".apk" file you downloaded from the Mag+ Publish portal.

Note: Your screen may be unresponsive for several seconds while the binary is uploaded to Amazon's servers. Simply wait for the page to refresh before continuing.

11. After a successful upload, fill out the necessary information (be sure to read the note below) and then click on the "Save" button.

Important Notes About the Binary Screen

  • Be sure to uncheck the following items under "Device Support" (Label 1):
    • All non-Amazon Android devices based on my manifest
    • Kindle Fire (1st Gen)
    • Amazon Fire TV
    • Fire phone
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • Be sure to agree to the export compliance statement (Label 2) .
  • Uncheck the item for Amazon Maps Redirection (Label 3).
  • For Binary Alias, Mag+ suggests entering your build number (it's at the end of the file name just before .apk) — this allows you to keep track of which builds are associated with your application (Label 4).
  • Under "Testing Instructions," enter any special testing information that will help Amazon test your application (Label 5).

12. In the "Release Notes" tab, click on "Edit" and enter any information about what's changed in the release and then click on "Save."

Note: Information entered in "Release Notes" will be made public with your app.

13. You can then click on the "Submit App" button to submit your app for review.

Note: Amazon does not provide estimates as to how long it will take for them to review  apps. On average, Mag+ has seen it take 2-3 days to approve an app or app update, but the time could be as long as 2 weeks.
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