How to Deploy Flutter Apps to the Google Play Store and App Store

Flutter Application Development

Today, we embark on an adventure – a journey to launch your captivating Flutter app onto the vast landscapes of the Google Play Store and App Store.

This comprehensive guide will be your trusty compass, guiding you through the essential steps of deploying your app on both prominent platforms. Whether you’re a seasoned developer or a curious newcomer, this guide is here to demystify the process and ensure a smooth application deployment for your creation.

Build your Android Arsenal: Create APKs in Different Environments

First, we’ll delve into Android app deployment, where we’ll forge the mighty APK (Android Package Kit) – the key to unlocking your app’s entry into the Google Play Store. We’ll explore two popular environments for crafting APKs: Android Studio and Visual Studio Code.

Android Studio: A Familiar Forge

For individuals who are familiar with Android Studio, the procedure is simplified:

1. Installation Symphony:

Ensure you have both Flutter and Android Studio installed.

2. Project Genesis:

Craft a new Flutter project using Android Studio’s project creation wizard.

3. Configuration Check-up:

Verify configurations like minSdkVersion and targetSdkVersion within your android/app/build.gradle file.

4. Signing for Security (optional but recommended):

For app distribution, particularly on the Play Store, signing your APK is crucial. Add signing configurations to the android/app/build.gradle file.

5. Variant Selection:

In Android Studio, choose the appropriate build variant (often “debug” or “release”) for your desired APK.

6. Building the APK:

Go to the toolbar and navigate to Build > Build Bundle(s) / APK(s) > Build APK(s). Android Studio will then work its magic, compiling your Flutter project and generating the APK.

7. APK Retrieval:

Android Studio will display a completion message after successful compilation. Locate your prized APK within the build/app/outputs/flutter-apk/ directory of your project.

Visual Studio Code: A Flexible Forge

For those who prefer the versatility of visual studio code, fear not! Here’s how to forge your APK:

1. Flutter Installation Symphony:

Visit the Flutter website and follow the installation instructions for your operating system. Ensure environment variables are set up and Flutter is included in your system’s PATH.

2. Visual Studio Code:

Download and install Visual Studio Code from the official website.

3. Extension Empowerments:

Open Visual Studio code and install the official Flutter and Dart extensions to empower your development environment.

4. Emulator or Device Setup:

You can set up an Android emulator using Android Studio or connect a physical device with developer options and USB debugging enabled.

5. Project Orientation:

Open your Flutter project folder within Visual Studio code using the File > Open folder option.

6. Terminal Activation:

Open the integrated terminal in Visual Studio code by navigating to View > Terminal or using the shortcut Ctrl+ (backtick).

7. Cleaning Up:

Run the command flutter clean in the terminal to remove any lingering build artifacts and ensure a clean build environment.

8. Building the APK:

In the terminal, execute the command flutter build apk. Flutter will compile your app and produce a gleaming release APK.

Conquering the Google Play Store: A Playful Deployment

Now that your valiant APK is built let’s set sail for the Google Play Store!

1. A Developer’s Account:

You can forge your developer account on the Google Play console ( using your Google account. A one-time registration fee applies.

2. App Preparation:

Ensure your Android app is fully tested, polished and ready to meet the world. Remember to build a signed APK using the methods discussed earlier.

3. Google Play Console Ascent:

Log in to the Google Play console and navigate to your dashboard. Click “Create Application” to embark on a new app adventure.

4. App Details:

Provide captivating details about your app, including its title, description and category. Craft a compelling description that entices users to download your creation. Don’t forget to upload screenshots and promotional images that showcase your app’s functionalities in all its glory.

5. APK Ascension:

Navigate to the “App Releases” section and click on “Manage Production” followed by “Create Release”. Here, upload your signed APK, the key to unlocking your app’s availability on the Play Store. The Google Play console will meticulously examine your APK to ensure it meets its requirements and compatibility standards.

6. Launch:

Once you’ve uploaded your APK and meticulously filled out all the details, click “Review” to finalize everything. If all systems are a go, click “Start Rollout to Production” or “Publish” to unleash your app onto the Google Play Store!

7. Monitoring and Maintenance:

Monitor user feedback and reviews closely and respond promptly to inquiries or issues to maintain a positive user experience. Regular updates are essential to squash bugs, enhance performance and incorporate new features based on valuable user feedback and ever-evolving market trends.

Forging your iOS Arsenal: Building IPAs in Xcode

Now, let’s shift our focus to iOS app deployment. Here, we’ll craft the IPA (iOS App Store Package)-the golden ticket to the app store. Our trusty weapon for this endeavor will be Xcode.

1. Project Initiation:

Navigate to the iOS directory within your Flutter project using Finder (on macOS). Double-click the Runner.xcworkspace file to open your iOS project in Xcode.

2. Project Configuration:

Within Xcode, select your project from the project navigator on the left. Configure a unique bundle identifier for your app under the “Identity” section in the “General” tab. This identification tag is crucial for your app. You’ll also configure your signing settings here, selecting a team, and provisioning profiles and certificates if you intend to deploy to a real device.

3. Build and Archive Your App:

Navigate to Product > Archive within the Xcode menu. Xcode will compile your Flutter code into a full-fledged iOS app and meticulously archive it. Patiently await the archiving process to finalize. Upon completion, Xcode will automatically open the organizer window.

4. Select Your Development Team:

Within Xcode, select your project in the project navigator. Choose the target audience for your app. Under the signing & capabilities tab, designate a development team within the signing section.

5. Export your App as an IPA:

In the organizer window, select the archive you meticulously created. Click on the distribute app button. Choose the distribution method that aligns with your needs, such as development, ad hoc or app store. Follow the prompts to select provisioning profiles meticulously and desired export options. Finally, save the precious IPA file to a location of your choice on your computer.

6. Verification and Distribution:

Once the IPA is generated, test it on a device or simulator to ensure flawless functionality. You have multiple avenues for distribution, including ad hoc distribution, app store submission or utilization of third-party distribution services.

Setting Sail for the App Store: App Store Deployment

Now, with your polished IPA in hand, let’s embark on the final leg of our journey – submitting your app to the app store!

1. Apple Developer Program:

Visit the official Apple developer website ( and enroll in the Apple developer program. Choose the membership type that best suits your needs (individual or organization) and diligently follow the enrolment steps.

2. App Preparation:

Ensure your iOS app is meticulously crafted using Xcode or another development environment. Rigorous testing is crucial to guarantee a polished and exceptional user experience. Build an IPA (iOS App Store Package) file for your app. This file encapsulates the compiled binary code and all the necessary resources for your app to function flawlessly.

3. App ID:

A unique identity log in to your Apple developer account and navigate to the certificates, identifiers & profiles section. Register a unique App ID specifically for your app. This identifier serves as the link between your app, provisioning profiles and certificates.

Phishing Your Credentials: Profiles and Certifications for App Store Submission

Distribution certificates and provisioning profiles act as your credentials, vouching for the legitimacy and trustworthiness of your app when submitted to the App Store. Here’s how to forge these essential elements:

  1. Access your Apple developer account’s “Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles” section.
  2. Click on “Certificates” and then “Add Certificate”.
  3. Select “iOS App Distribution” for the type of certificate.
  4. To create a certificate signing request, adhere to the on-screen directions (CSR). This involves downloading a file and potentially using keychain access on your Mac.
  5. Head back to the Apple developer portal and upload the generated CSR file.
  6. Provide a name for your certificate and download it. Then, double-click the file to install it on your keychain.

Creating Distribution Provisioning Profiles for the App Store

  1. In your Apple developer account’s “Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles” section, navigate to “Provisioning Profiles”.
  2. Click on “Add Profile”.
  3. Select “iOS App Store Distribution” as the profile type.
  4. Choose the App ID you created earlier for your app.
  5. Select the distribution certificate you just generated in the previous step.
  6. Optionally, you can configure devices for testing purposes. By default, it’ll allow distribution to all devices enrolled in your Apple developer program.
  7. Provide a name for your provisioning profile and download it. This profile must be added to Xcode to sign your app for app store distribution.

Archiving and Validating for App Store Submission

1. Archiving Your App:

Open your iOS project in Xcode. Ensure you’ve selected a Generic iOS device as the build target. Navigate to Product > Archive to begin building and archiving your app.

2. App Validation:

Xcode will open the organizer window, showcasing your archived app once it has been archived. Click on the validate app to initiate a validation process. This step meticulously examines your app to ensure it adheres to Apple’s app store guidelines and stringent quality standards. Any errors or warnings need to be addressed before proceeding.

Submitting your App to App Store Connect: The Final Frontier

1. Your Launchpad:

Log in to App Store Connect ( using your Apple developer account credentials. Click on my apps and then add a new app to create a new app listing in the app store.

2. App Information:

Fill in all the mandatory details about your app, including its name, description, keywords (crucial for discoverability), categories and pricing strategy. Don’t forget to craft a captivating app description that entices users to download your creation.

3. Visual Appeal:

Upload high-quality screenshots and app previews that showcase your app’s functionalities and user interface in all its glory. These visuals are vital for grabbing user attention and making a positive first impression.

4. Privacy Disclosures:

Meticulously configure app privacy details, outlining the data your app collects and how it’s used. Transparency in data practices is essential for user trust and adhering to app store guidelines.

5. Review and Submission:

After meticulously filling in all the required details and ensuring your app meets validation standards, click the submit for review button in App Store Connect. This initiates the app review process by the Apple app review team.

6. App Review:

The Apple app review team will meticulously examine your app to ensure it meets their app store review guidelines, which cover aspects like functionality, performance, security and design. Be prepared to address any feedback or requests for modifications during this process.

7. App Release:

You can choose a release date once your app successfully passes the app review process. You can either schedule a specific launch date or release it immediately, making your app available to users on the app store!

Conclusion: A Continuous Voyage of Discovery

Congratulations! You’ve successfully navigated the uncharted waters of deploying your Flutter app to the Google Play Store and App Store. Remember, this is just the beginning of your app’s journey. Continuously monitor user feedback, gather valuable insights and iterate on your app to keep it engaging and optimized. Embrace updates to address bugs, introduce new features and stay ahead of the ever-evolving mobile landscape. With dedication and these valuable deployment skills, your Flutter app can sail toward a vast ocean of success!