How to upload and download an Alpha or Beta App in Google Play

How to upload and download an Alpha or Beta App in Google Play

Getting early feedback is extremely useful.!

How to upload and download an Alpha or Beta App in Google Play

It is always really good practice to do the the alpha or beta testing before we launch the app to production.   Developers can help users by giving bug free version.

What is Alpha Testing and Beta Testing?

 

How to upload and download an Alpha or Beta App in Google Play

 

Alpha: As a good practice, You should create an alpha release as your initial app test. Once you’ve tested with a smaller group of employees or trusted users, you can expand your test to a beta release.

Beta: You should create a beta release after you’ve created an alpha release. Your beta release can include a wider range of users for testing, before your app goes live in production.

 

What is the difference between Alpha and Beta?

 

There isn’t loads of difference between the Alpha and Beta. You start with a small number of testers for alpha testing and switch to a bigger group for beta.

Alpha version number should be bigger than Production version and Beta version. (Because alpha testing should be done prior to all other testing).

Alpha testing is closed to public. Beta testing may be open for public mostly.

Beta version number should be bigger than only production.

 

 

Also you can use both Alpha and beta testing for in-App purchases.

 

Google play console for Android Apps

We use the Google Play Console to release early version of your app to access to particular users for alpha and beta testing, and we get response, reaction or comments  from them to make more improvements before the full release.

 

Add testers to playstore

 

Before testers start the test, they should have an (Google account) gmail address for them.

 

As beginner, Initially we recommend you to start with some alpha testers and later move into large groups of beta testers. Lets add some testers in the google play store.

Goto Google playstore Console -> Settings 

 

How to upload and download an Alpha or Beta App in Google Play

click on Manage testers

 

How to upload and download an Alpha or Beta App in Google Play

 

Now Create list email and give it a name. for example “{Appname} alpha testers”

 

 

Upload APK for Alpha/Beta testing

I assume that you have create an application and uploaded screenshots, featured image and icons.

Goto  Release Management -> App releases menu in the right panel.

 

How to upload and download an Alpha or Beta App in Google Play

 

 

Upload your APK file and wait for couple of hours to changes take place in the play store.

 

 

Manage testers in the Alpha Release

No again go and open the  Release Management -> App releases menu in the right panel.  click non the “Manage testers” Accordian panel in the top.

 

How to upload and download an Alpha or Beta App in Google Play

 

There four kind of testing in the dropdown,

 

Closed Alpha Testing: This testing is conducted within the organization and restricted by email or group invitations only. Those who are added onto the list of alpha testers on Google Play Store have access to test app.

Open Alpha Testing: Those who have Opt-in link of app have access to test the app. This testing is not restricted by email or group invitations. You can limit the number of testers on Google Play Store.

Closed Beta Testing: This testing is conducted outside the organization and restricted by email or group invitations. Those who are added onto the list of beta testers on Google Play Store have access to test app.

Open Beta Testing: This testing is conducted outside the organization and it is not restricted by email or group invitations. This testing is conducted in real time as the app will be made open for public to install. You can limit the number of testers on Google Play Store.

 

once your testers get receive the email, they should get below screen if they are testing the app for first time.

 

How to upload and download an Alpha or Beta App in Google Play

 

press the “BECOME A TESTER” button

 

How to upload and download an Alpha or Beta App in Google Play

 

Now goto playstore and try the opt-in url

 

How to upload and download an Alpha or Beta App in Google Play

 

Thats all guys.!!

 

Please write in the comments sections if you think this post is really helpful for you and i would really appreciate if you write your honest feedback.

 

cheers.!

 

I highly recommend following android developer course for beginners. it is just 10$

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “How to upload and download an Alpha or Beta App in Google Play

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.