Code to Customers: A Comprehensive Manual for Publishing Your React Native App on iOS and Android Platforms

Sugand singh
3 min readJan 11, 2024

Introduction: In the dynamic realm of mobile app development, React Native has emerged as a powerful framework for building cross-platform applications. Once you’ve meticulously crafted your React Native app, the next crucial step is to share it with the world by publishing it on the two major app distribution platforms—the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through a comprehensive guide on how to publish your React Native application on both platforms.

Step 1: Prepare Your React Native App for Deployment

Before diving into the app store submission process, ensure your React Native app is thoroughly tested, optimized, and ready for public use. Address any bugs, performance issues, or compatibility concerns. Additionally, make sure you have the necessary app icons, screenshots, and promotional materials prepared.

Step 2: Create Developer Accounts

Google Play Store:

  1. Head to the Google Play Console.
  2. Log in with your Google account or create a new one.
  3. Follow the prompts to set up your developer account by providing the necessary details and agreeing to the terms.

Apple App Store:

  1. Access the Apple Developer Program.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID or create a new one.
  3. Enroll in the Apple Developer Program and complete the necessary enrollment steps.

Step 3: Generate App Bundles and IPA Files

Google Play Store:

  1. Build your React Native app for release using the following command:
npx react-native run-android --variant=release

2. Generate an Android App Bundle (AAB) using:

cd android && ./gradlew bundleRelease

3. Locate the generated AAB file in the android/app/build/outputs/bundle/release/ directory.

Apple App Store:

  1. Build your React Native app for release using:
npx react-native run-ios --configuration=release

2. Open Xcode, navigate to your project, and select “Generic iOS Device” as the build target.

3. Archive the project, and once the process is complete, open the organizer and export the archive as an IPA file.

Step 4: Set App Information and Upload Assets

Google Play Store:

  1. In the Google Play Console, create a new application and fill in the required details, such as the app name, description, and screenshots.
  2. Upload your AAB file.
  3. Set pricing and distribution options as needed.

Apple App Store:

  1. In App Store Connect, create a new app and provide essential details like the app name, description, and screenshots.
  2. Upload your IPA file.
  3. Set pricing, availability, and other app-specific configurations.

Step 5: Review and Submit

Google Play Store:

  1. Review the information entered, ensure all details are accurate, and comply with Google Play policies.
  2. Click on the “Review” button, and if everything is in order, click “Start Rollout to Production.”

Apple App Store:

  1. Submit your app for review in App Store Connect.
  2. Apple’s review team will assess your app against their guidelines. Once approved, your app will be published.

Conclusion:

Congratulations! You’ve successfully navigated the process of publishing your React Native application on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Keep in mind that the app submission process may take some time, so be patient and monitor the status on the respective developer consoles. Now, your React Native masterpiece is ready to reach a global audience on two of the most prominent app platforms. Happy coding, and best of luck with your app’s success!

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Sugand singh

Experienced React Native dev, UI/UX expert, performance optimizer. Keeping up with mobile trends. Let's build mobile magic!