What is the App Store and Why Do You Need a Developer Account?
The App Store is Apple's dedicated marketplace, an integral part of the iTunes Store, offering a wide array of applications tailored for iPhone mobile phones, iPod Touch players, and iPad tablets. It provides options to purchase or freely download applications to enhance your device's functionality.
However, to publish and profit from your own applications, you must possess a developer account. Within this account, you can establish your company's presence by inputting your company name and representing your brand on the App Store platform. This is where your developed applications will find their home.
Additionally, your developer account furnishes valuable insights into the download statistics of your applications, aiding in informed decision-making and performance assessment.
Please be aware that we cannot upload your app to the Apple App Store until you have successfully registered for a developer account. Creating a personal account within the App Store is an essential prerequisite when embarking on application development. It is important to note that access to an Apple device is required for account creation. Before initiating the registration process, it is strongly advised to thoroughly review the provided instructions.
Creating Your Apple ID
An Apple ID is your gateway to accessing Apple's valuable resources and services.
1. To set up an Apple ID, simply follow the provided link. Ensure you complete all required fields, and remember to provide accurate responses to the security questions. Please note that your Apple ID should be registered in the name of one of the company's founders or the CEO.
When collaborating with Apple, it is of utmost importance to furnish accurate and truthful information when filling out any forms. This practice is instrumental in preventing future complications, expediting issue resolution, and simplifying the entire process. Often, a single typo in the company name, individual name, or other critical data can necessitate restarting the entire registration process.
2. Verify your email address and phone number to ensure the completeness of your registration.
To successfully finalize the registration and payment process for a developer account, it is crucial to have access to an Apple device, such as an iPhone or iPad. If you do not own an Apple device, you will need to borrow one temporarily to complete the payment and registration on a third-party device.
In the following steps, we will provide instructions on how to do this securely without compromising any third-party information on the borrowed device, while also safeguarding your personal data as the device will be under your control during this process.
Prepare Your Apple Device
1. Begin by accessing the "Settings" section on your Apple device. From there, navigate to the current device owner's account.
2. Please scroll down to the bottom of the screen until you reach the "Sign Out" button, then proceed to click on it. You will be prompted to enter your account password. Additionally, ensure that you select the option to save copies of your data and keychain on this iPhone. Please note that the logout process may take some time to complete.
Once you have successfully logged out of your current account, proceed to log in with the account you previously created for the purpose of making payment. To do this, go to the "Settings" section and click on the empty portrait icon located at the top of the page.
Adding a Payment Method
If you have not yet linked a card to your Apple ID, please follow these steps:
1. If you already have a card linked to your Apple ID, you can skip this section.
2. Go to Settings > Apple ID > Payment & Shipping.
3. Select "Add payment method."
4. Fill in all the required card details and complete the attachment process.
5. Open the Wallet app on your iPhone, click the plus (+) icon at the top right, and proceed to add your card.
If your device does not already have a password or Face ID enabled, you'll need to complete this step for the proper functioning of Apple Pay, which will be used to pay for your account.
Here's how to set it up:
1. Go to Settings > Touch ID/Face ID & Password.
2. Set a straightforward password and add a fingerprint or facial recognition photo. It's advisable to keep a record of the password to avoid forgetting it.
Finalize Your Apple Developer Account Registration and Payment
To complete the registration and payment process for your Apple Developer Account, follow these steps:
1. Open the App Store app and tap on the search icon located at the bottom right corner of the screen.
2. In the search bar, enter "Apple Developer" and proceed to download the desired application.
3. Once the download is finished, launch the app and navigate to the "Account" tab located at the bottom right.
4. Click on the "Sign In" button and log in using the developer account associated with this iPhone and the one intended for payment.
5. Following successful authorization within the application, stay within the "Account" section, select "Enroll now," and proceed to agree to the user agreement.
6. Subsequently, you will be prompted to confirm your Personal Information.
It is imperative that you furnish precise and truthful information regarding the account owner, aligning it with the details in their passport. The Account Owner and the Founder/CEO of your Organization, under which your business operates, must be identical.
In the event you enroll in the developer program as an Organization (corporation or other entities), while your business operates as an Individual (private entrepreneur), it may lead to additional challenges when it comes to publishing your application on the Apple platform.
Upon providing all the required information, please select the "Organization" option and proceed by clicking the "Continue" button.
7. Next, you will be required to provide company information
Here's a bit more about it:
The D-U-N-S number, short for Data Universal Numbering System, serves as a global identifier for legal entities. Apple utilizes this number to confirm the existence and legal operation of your company. The D-U-N-S number is assigned by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), an organization entrusted by Apple with the crucial task of verifying legal entities.
Next, you will be asked to clarify some information about the company.
Please ensure the following:
- Website and Email: Be certain to provide the company's official working website (social networks will not be accepted) and corporate email addresses (e.g., addresses associated with your website, like email@example.com, rather than generic mail servers like Gmail or Outlook).
- Accuracy is Key: Every piece of information submitted during registration must be truthful and accurate. This includes phone numbers, which must be valid and, for organizations, should be official work numbers. Please note that Apple may use these numbers for verification purposes.
After entering and confirming the information on this page, Apple will process the details you've provided within a period of up to three (3) business days. Subsequently, an Apple representative will contact you via email to request additional contact information for a phone call to confirm your account.
The final step in verifying your Company account entails a phone call from an Apple representative. During this brief conversation, you will be asked to confirm information related to both yourself and your company. Please note that this dialogue will be conducted in English. This verification process is a standard and mandatory procedure that cannot be bypassed.
Completing Your Payment
Once you have confirmed your details with an Apple representative, you can proceed with the payment process using the Apple Developer application. Here's how:
1. Open the application and navigate to the "Account" tab at the bottom right.
2. Click on the "Sign in" button and log in using the developer account associated with this iPhone, the one you intend to use for payment.
3. Following successful authorization within the application, stay within the "Account" section, and select "Enroll now."
4. If prompted, please reconfirm your information and card details.
5. Make your payment using Apple Pay, utilizing the payment confirmation feature through Touch ID/Face ID.
Important Payment Information:
Please note that an annual fee of $100 will be charged once a year. You have the option to cancel your subscription after payment, and no further charges will be applied after the first year. To cancel, navigate to SETTINGS > APPLE ID > SUBSCRIPTIONS on this iPhone, select the desired subscription, and follow the cancellation process.
Logging Out and Removing Account Data from an iPhone
To securely log out and unlink account data from your personal or another person's iPhone, follow these steps:
1. In the Apple Developer app, navigate to the "Account" tab and click on "Sign Out."
2. In the Wallet app, locate your linked card by tapping on it. Then, at the top right, click on the ellipsis icon and scroll down the page to select "Delete this card."
3. Access Settings > Touch ID/Face ID & Password, enter the password you set earlier, and select "Reset Face ID/Touch ID."
4. Proceed to Settings > Apple ID and choose "Sign Out." Enter your password to confirm the sign-out process.
Please be aware that the logout process may take some time to complete.
When prompted to decide whether to leave the keychain and data on this iPhone upon exit, please follow the same procedure as before and select the option to leave copies of all data on this iPhone.
It is important to note that this message specifically pertains to the iPhone owner's data, as our actions were not synchronized during your login process.
How to Grant Access to Us
Transferring access to your account is a straightforward process. You won't need to share your login and password; instead, you just need to provide access to the developer portal to an Altegio employee via the designated section accessible at the provided link.
Here are the details of our Altegio employee:
- Name: Eugine
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
When granting access with administrator rights, please ensure that you check the box next to "Grant access to certificates."
By following these steps, you can securely grant us access to the necessary portal.
Benefits of a Company Account
Opting for a company account offers the following advantages:
1. Seller's Identity: With a company account, the seller's name will incorporate the company name, providing a professional and transparent identity.