In-app purchasing (IAP) is the predominant method for selling products within apps. You have been asking us to provide an option to submit IAPs in batches and Amazon is delivering it today. Now you will see a new option in the Amazon Developer Portal for IAP Batch Submissions.
We know how important IAP is for increasing app engagement and driving your bottom-line—in 2017, 43 percent of mobile game revenues were generated through IAP. We also know that managing multiple, sometimes 1000s of IAPs, can be tedious and time-consuming. Our new IAP Batch Submission feature allows you to upload your entitlements and consumables using a CSV file (with a file size of up to 12.5 MB), increasing the speed of submission and reducing unnecessary operational overhead.
IAP management in minutes
It all starts with a CSV file. You can download the template for the CSV file here. If your app is also on the Google Play Store, export the Google In-app Products CSV file from the in-app products section of Google Play console. Next, you will need to make some minor tweaks to the Google CSV file for using within Amazon Appstore:
- Delete published date, purchase type, auto-translate, and pricing template ID columns.
- Add IAP type and Available By Date columns as the two last columns at the end.
- IAP type can be either entitlements or consumables.
- Available by Date is an optional field and needed only if you want the IAP to be made live on a future date.
Note that the product ID is the same as the Amazon SKU.
Next, head over the Amazon Developer Portal and navigate to “in-app items” section of your app on the Amazon Developer Portal.
Click on import multiple IAPs using CSV. You will see a popup. Upload the CSV file. Upon upload, the system will check for any errors in formatting. If there are any errors, you can download the CSV file to review them and make any corrections. When you are ready, hit upload and submit.
That’s all there is to it!
You can find detailed instructions here.
Not on the Amazon Appstore?
If IAP Batch Submission sounded easy, consider this stat: 85% of Android apps are compatible with the Amazon Appstore with no additional dev work required. Drop your APK into our compatibility testing tool to find out if your app will work on Fire OS as is. It only takes 90 seconds.