How to Set Up Accounts for Your New App with Apple, Google, and AdMob

Your developer is ready to upload your new app to your Apple Developer account and Google Play Store account. Now what?

In order to allow your developer to set up features like ads and in-app purchases, you’ll need to give your developer access to multiple accounts and provide some additional information. This guide will show you the fastest way to give your developer the account access and information they need to launch your app.

Create Your Apple Developer Account

For the Apple Developer Program, I recommend that you enroll as an individual since there is less paperwork and wait time. I also suggest creating the account with a different Apple ID from your personal Apple ID. This is because you’ll need to provide your developer with the email and password so that they can log in.

Should I share my login information or give admin access?

Instead of sharing your account’s Apple ID and password, you can give your developer admin access to your account. However, even admins have limited access, so there will be some work that your developer cannot do for you if you go this route. That means more work for you.

Should I enroll as an individual or an organization?

If it’s important to you to have your company name display under your app, you’ll want to enroll as an organization rather than an individual. If you enroll as an individual, Apple will show your personal name under the app. This doesn’t really matter to users; it’s just for branding or vanity. Additionally, if you plan to launch casino apps, you’ll need to enroll as an organization rather than as an individual.

Create Your Google Play and AdMob Account

I recommend creating a Google Play account and an AdMob account under an email address that you rarely use. If needed, you can create a brand new email address just for your app development activities.

After you decide on an email account to use for your apps, go to AdMob.com and create an account.

Next, go to Google Play Developer Console and create an account.

Send your developer the username and password for the email address associated with these two accounts. This will allow your developer to login to both accounts and complete their work efficiently.

Why create a new email address just for apps?

It’s best not to give your developer the username and password for an email address that you use for your email, Drive, YouTube, or other Google services. No developer will want to invade your privacy or accept liability if your account becomes compromised.

Send Your Logo, Social Media URLs, and UDID Number

Send links to your social media accounts

Send your developer links for up to 3 social media accounts that you want to promote. These might include a Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also potentially promote multiple accounts of the same type, like multiple Instagrams. Your developer can use these links to create buttons inside your app.

Send your logo

If you have a company logo, send your developer the logo in high-res PNG format with a transparent background. A vector image is a good alternative. If you don’t have a logo in either of these formats, your developer may still be able to make use of your logo if you send it in another format. Your logo can be used for the splash screen and your developer might also feature it elsewhere within your app or promotional images.

Share your UDID number

Tell your developer whether you have an iPhone or an Android phone. Once your developer knows this, and once you set up accounts on Apple or Google, your developer can send you a demo of your app that you can test on your device. If you use an iPhone, you’ll also want to find your UDID number and send it to your developer.

Ask questions

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your developer. They can usually send you helpful documentation or guidance.

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