How to publish your Thunkable project in the Google Play Store
Publishing your app is available to PRO, Business and Enterprise Thunkable creators. Learn more at our pricing page.
Publishing your app to the Play Store will help your app reach 2 billion active Android devices.
Google Play Developer Account ($25 one-time fee). Don't have an account? Sign up here
Success on Google Play starts with quality. The best apps and games have higher ratings, more installs, and more engagement. We recommend visiting the Play Store Developer Policy Center before you submit your app to the Play Store
To publish your app on Android, you'll need to add an app icon, a name, a package name and an app version. To find the App settings, click on the App Icon on the top left.
Each Android app that is published to the Play Store has a unique package name. Currently, you can enter this in the App (Bundle) ID field.
Your app's package name is unique to your app. We recommend reversing your domain name to create your package name i.e. com.yourDomainName.yourAppName to avoid conflicts with other apps.
You can find your package name in your Project Settings under App (Bundle) ID.
Your package name should be all lower case. None of the segments should begin with a number. None of the segments should have an accent on the characters.
If you are only publishing to the Play Store, you do not need to enter a Team ID to publish to the Play Store (this is for iOS only)
Build and Version Number
Before you download your app, make sure you set the appropriate Build and Version Number. Google Play requires each new version of your app to have a unique and sequentially higher Build and Version Number. You can also let Thunkable auto-increment (or automatically increase) the build and version numbers for you.
Download your AAB file
You can download your AAB file by clicking Publish > Publish Android
You will see a dialog asking you to enter your email address. An AAB file will be sent to you:
An AAB file cannot be installed on an Android device. If you want to download and install your project, please read the Download docs.
Upload your AAB file in the App Bundles and APKs section. This may take a few minutes.
Add a Release Name and Release Notes in the Release Details section.
Review and Release
Errors, Warnings, and Messages will let you know if there are any issues with your release or any information you should be aware of. Errors will prevent you from publishing your release. Warnings and Messages will not prevent you from publishing a release.
New App Bundles and APKs will show any new APK or AAB files you have added to this release.
Release Notes will show the release notes for this release.
Click Start Rollout to Production to publish your app!
Once your app has been reviewed, it will go live on the Google Play Store.
Congrats! You are now ready to submit to the Play Store.
Updating an existing app on the Play Store
You can view Google's instructions for updating your app here. Please refer to the content that references app bundles, not APK files.
If you are updating an existing app on the Google Play Store, your Thunkable project will need to have:
You will need need to change any app signing settings when updating a published app.
The Keystore / Private Key
Keystores in Android are storage mechanisms for security certificates to prevent others from updating your app on the Google Play store. Your keystore contains a private key that is unique to your app. Copied apps within an account (using the Make Copy) will keep the same keystore as the original app. Apps that are copied from a Share copy link will not have the same keystore.
Thunkable does not store your keystore outside of your app. If your app has been deleted, and you have not downloaded a copy of your keystore, then it is permanently lost. Please use Google's App Signing Service so that you can update your published apps in the event that your keystore is lost.
Exporting / importing a keystore to your app
Export keystore from Thunkable
If you make a copy of a Thunkable app project, the copy will have a different keystore to the original project.
To export a keystore from a Thunkable app project, Click the name and icon of your app in upper left corner to bring up App Settings on right side as seen in 'Import keystore to Thunkable X'. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the App Settings and click Export Keystore.
In the dialog that comes up, you will see the keystore's password and a button that says Export Keystore. You will need this password to import your keystore to other projects. You can change the password at this stage by editing the password in the text box.
The keystore password and export button
Click OK to save the .keystore file to your computer.
Note: A Thunkable app project will not have a keystore until either a keystore is imported or the project is downloaded as an Android app for the first time
Import keystore to Thunkable
Select the the app that you are trying to publish as an update to the Google Play Store.
Click the name and icon of your app in upper left corner to bring up App Settings on right side.
Scroll all the way to the bottom of App Settings and click Import Keystore. Note this will replace the existing keystore for this app so be sure you haven’t used it to publish to Google Play store before proceeding. You can always Export it first and save it to your computer just in case.
Enter “android” as the password
Enter the password and select the .keystore file you previously saved to your computer.
Congrats! You should be able to successfully publish updates now. Note that you’ll need to repeat the steps every time you want to update an app that was originally built as a different project as every app has their own keystore.
Remove your app from the Play Store
To make your app unavailable for download on the Play Store, open your app listing on the Google Play Console and do the following:
Scroll down to “Release” and click on “Setup”
Then “Advanced Settings”.
Click the “Unpublished” radio button
Then click “Save” to unpublish your app.
You can see the relevant areas below:
Removing your app from the Play Store will not delete it from devices which have previously downloaded the app.
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Manage Your Own App Signing
If you don't want Google to manage your App Signing, you can do so yourself. This is not necessary.
Download your Keystore Zip
You will need to download your Keystore Zip. This is a compressed version of your app's Android Keystore.
You can download this from your project settings under Keystore Zip:
We recommend creating a new folder on your computer. Download your AAB file and your Keystore Zip to this new folder. That way the correct AAB file and Keystore Zip will be together!