How do I create a white label native app?
To white label your AppSheet app for Android, first open the app in the editor. Then, open the Manage -> Deploy tab, and click on the "White-label" section. After that, click on "Create a whitelabel version of this app for Android devices". This starts the white label native app creation process, which can take up to 15 minutes. You will receive an email with a link to download your app APK once the process is complete. The APK is an installer, just like the installers you use on Windows or OSX to install applications.
How do I distribute my app?
The most popular way to distribute a broadly available Android app is through the Google Play Store. Keep in mind that if you deploy to the Play Store, anybody will be able to download and install your app.
- To publish a white labeled app built by AppSheet, you will first need to register for a publisher account with Google. To do this, visit the following page and follow the instructions: https://developer.android.com/distribute/googleplay/start.html.
- After you set up a publisher account, you will be able to publish your white labeled app. To do this, visit the Google Play Developer Console (https://play.google.com/apps/publish) and click on the “Add New Application” button located in the top right. NOTE: Do not enable Google Play App Signing. Google Play App Signing is not currently supported, and you will not be able to upload your app if it is enabled.
- This will guide you through a process that will let you upload the APK to the store. It will ask you for some other information before you will be allowed to publish the app, including screenshots, a short description, icons, banners, etc.
- After a few hours, your users will be able to download your app from the Google Play Store.
In some cases, you may only want to deploy your app to a specific group of users, for example to employees in an organization.
- You can send the APK via email, share it through a cloud file system, or even upload it to your website and share its URL. Your users will have to download the APK, and open it on their Android phone.
- Before installation, it is important that your users enable installation of apps from unknown sources. Typically this setting is located either under the “Security” or “Applications” category in the settings app of your android phone. Enabling this setting is required for installing apps that did not come from the Google Play Store.
- For more info on how to install an application using an APK, refer to the following article: http://www.androidauthority.com/how-to-install-non-market-third-party-apps-on-your-phone-31494/