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Checklist: submitting your first app

Designing, developing, and testing is just the first phase in the creation of a great mobile app. To become a true entrepreneur and reach as many customers as possible, you need to market your work effectively. BlackBerry World is a great showcase for your efforts, and features powerful tools for reporting on sales and making sure you are on track.

Review the checklist below to get an overview of the steps required to get started with BlackBerry World, set up your app for sale, and release your app.

Getting started

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Read the BlackBerry World Vetting criteria to understand the kinds of apps that get accepted for sale. Review the BlackBerry World Vendor guidelines to understand your rights and obligations. Your app must meet certain quality levels and contain acceptable content.

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Review our tips for getting your app approved and up on BlackBerry World quickly. Apps with fully completed application packages are usually approved faster.

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Apply for a BlackBerry World vendor account. You will need a BlackBerry ID, as well as some information about your payment preferences, privacy policy and tax situation. You will have the opportunity to create administrative accounts as well as test accounts.

Setting up your app in BlackBerry World

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Log in to the BlackBerry World vendor portal. You can log in with different accounts that have various rights to add, edit, and report on products.

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Review our suggestions for Naming your app. The name you choose should be memorable to your customers and describe the app's function or content.

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Help customers find your app easily by providing descriptions, keywords, an app category, and a content rating.

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Select a license type for your app (for example, free, paid, subscription). If your app is paid, you will also have to provide the pricing information and Select a license model that controls how license keys are distributed.

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Create a SKU (stock keeping unit) for your app. This is a five character code that uniquely identifies your app in BlackBerry World.

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Create your vendor logo, app icon (480 x 480 px), feature image (1920 x 1186 px), and product screen shots (1280 x 720 or 720 x 720 px) to distinguish your submission.

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Set carrier and country restrictions if your app shouldn't be sold in certain geographical areas or needs to be restricted by wireless service provider.

Uploading and releasing your app in BlackBerry World

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Review Parts of a release file to understand how to assemble your app's .bar and .cod, files and upload them to BlackBerry World. Multiple bundles can be combined in a .zip file for batch uploading.

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Read About the Export Controls form to understand how to declare your app's use of cryptography and other information security features, and answer a few questions about export legalities for certain jurisdictions. You might need to supply an ECCN and other supporting documentation, so review What is an ECCN to learn more.

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Read About the Confirmation of Digital Rights form if your app contains third-party content. You might need to complete the form to document your permission to use the content.

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Verify that Safeguards for user-generated content are in place to prevent minors and other sensitive users from potentially inappropriate user-created content in your app.

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Choose the target device OS that your app supports (BlackBerry 10 or BlackBerry OS).

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Review the Standards for digital goods to understand how to sell in-app add-ons.

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Submit your app for approval. BlackBerry reviews and tests the app and then sends you an email message to notify you if the app is approved or denied. If an app is approved, it is automatically posted for sale, unless you indicated otherwise.



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