Step 4: Review and Submit
This page describes the Review & submit screen. Here, review the details entered on the previous screens, and enter additional details including publish date and testing instructions.
- Before you submit
- Ready to submit
- Overview of the app approval process
- App submission status reference
- FAQ for submission status and app approval
Before you submit
Review the information presented in the App details, App targeting, and Appstore details sections for accuracy. If you need to change anything, click Edit information. After you've reviewed your submission details, complete the fields in the Before you submit section.
When would you like publishing to start?
Specify the time and date when you would like your app to be available in the Amazon Appstore. Leaving this field blank (the default) enables Amazon to make your app available as soon as it passes Amazon's testing. Your app will be available in the Appstore a few hours after the time you select. The time you select is when the publishing process starts. The publishing process can take a few hours before your app is live and available to customers.
If you need to change the publishing date or time after your app is submitted, update this field. The date you set can be sooner than your original date, or further in the future. If the date originally entered has passed, the field will not be editable.
Use this field to communicate with the Amazon testing team. If no testing instructions are needed, leave this field blank. Testing instructions might include the following.
- If your app has difficult-to-discover features, include directions here for finding those features. Also, if you need to resubmit your app based on feedback from Amazon, you can use this field to respond to the test report emails.
- If your app requires users to log in before launching and using the app, include a set of test credentials for the Amazon test team to use. If Amazon cannot successfully launch your app during testing, the app will be rejected.
This field asks you to certify that your app is compliant in all countries in which you've chosen to make it available. You can read more details in the "Compliance with Laws; Privacy and Security Obligations" section in the Amazon Developer Services Agreement
Use Amazon Maps redirection
This field allows you to automatically redirect Google Maps v1 API calls from your app to the Amazon Maps API. It's only used in tablet and phone apps if you have the Google Maps API implemented.
For hosted web apps, you must certify that you have necessary rights to distribute the mobile website accessed through the URL you specified.
Ready to submit
Complete the app submission process by clicking Submit App.
After you submit an app to the Amazon Appstore, the Appstore routes the app through its approval process before it's published and available for download. An App Status screen appears where you can track the status of your app submission. The following sections provide an overview of the approval process and describe the possible submission statuses for an app that has been submitted.
Overview of the app approval process
Before approving an app and making it live on the Amazon Appstore, Amazon verifies your app does the following.
- Works as outlined in your product description
- Does not impair the functionality of the device on which it is running
- Does not put customer data at risk
- Complies with the terms of the Amazon Program Materials License Agreement and the Amazon Appstore Content Policy
The following flowchart shows the app approval process:
- Create a new app submission, or new upcoming version of an existing app in the Developer Console.
- Submit binary files and other items for this app version.
- Status: Submitted. App can no longer be edited. You can choose to cancel submission here and return to previous step. Otherwise, app proceeds to next step.
- Status: Review. Amazon reviews the app and items. Next possible status can be Rejected, Pending, or Approved.
- If status is Rejected, issues were encountered during testing. A new app version is required. Start from step 1 (create a new upcoming version).
- If status is Pending, an issue was encountered. Amazon sends you a message with details. If you resolve the issue, return to step 2 (submit binary and other items).
- If status is Approved, no issues were encountered in testing. App proceeds to next step.
- Status: Live. App is published on the Amazon Appstore.
After approving your app, Amazon sends an email to the Amazon developer account owner. This email address might not be the same as the address you use to log in to the Developer Console. For more information about which email address is used, see Receiving communications. If after waiting for six days your app is still in review, you can optionally use the Contact Us form to seek clarification.
App submission status reference
Your dashboard in the Amazon Developer Console displays the status of every app that you submit to Amazon. The status messages have the following meanings:
FAQ for submission status and app approval
- Q: How can I ensure that the app I submit will be approved for the Amazon Appstore?
- Amazon wants to ensure that apps listed in the Amazon Appstore meet certain quality requirements and tests all submitted apps to verify that they meet the following standards:
- Q: Will Amazon tell me when my app is approved or if it fails testing?
- Yes. You can track the approval status of your app by signing in to the Developer Console and finding your app in the Dashboard on the home page. Amazon will also send you an email when the submission status of your app changes under the following circumstances:
- Your app has been accepted into the Amazon Appstore and will be made available on the date you specified in the console.
- Amazon requires more information to complete the testing process. (Your app submission might be missing a critical asset or a critical asset might not meet Amazon's specifications.) Amazon will provide you with details on the information or assets needed to resume testing.
- Your app has failed Amazon's testing process. Amazon will provide you with details on the failure and guidance on resubmission.
- Q: What are the status codes for apps that have been submitted to the Amazon Appstore?
- See App submission status reference for a list of application status codes and their descriptions.
- Q: There is a review of my app that I feel is inappropriate. How can I resolve this?
- Click the Report abuse link below the review. The information you submit will be reviewed by Amazon, and we will take appropriate action.
- Q: Why didn't my launcher, widget, or lockscreen app go live for Amazon devices?
- Amazon seeks to preserve a consistent customer experience on Amazon devices. If your app overrides the native user experience, it will not be published on Amazon devices.
- Q: Are there any specific restrictions that apply to keyboard apps?
- Yes. Keyboard apps must function whether or not a customer's device is connected to the internet. Any tracking of user activity (including keystroke logging) through a keyboard app must be clearly disclosed to customers and may be used only to provide or improve the app's keyboard functionality (and not, for example, for advertising purposes).
Last updated: Oct 02, 2023