Ever wanted to release an app on the AppStore? You’ll need to create a developer account first.
What is a company Apple Developer account?
If you’re looking to develop an iOS app and release it on the AppStore, you need to create that app via an Apple developer account.
Remember, you only need one account to release a number of apps for the same company.
Tip – Do not use personal email IDs to create Apple developer accounts. This is so you avoid access issues to your account if your developer leaves your organisation or the email address changes. It’s just not worth the hassle.
Who needs an Apple Developer account?
Anyone who wants to release an app through the App Store will need an Apple Developer account. Whilst it does depend on different use cases, for example, if you’re just an individual looking to release a game, you won’t need one. However, if you’re a company we strongly suggest you register as an Apple developer. This is so more users can be exposed to your app, which also means more downloads.
Also, note that you can have one company developer account and still release multiple apps under that same account.
Tip – It is not best practice to have your Apps listed under service provider names (such as development companies) as they will then be able to control everything, and legally speaking you are agreeing to Apple’s terms and conditions.
There are other types of developer options too, such as Enterprise Developer, but we will cover that in another article.
Now you’re ready to register to become an Apple Developer.
Step 1: Sign up or Sign in with an existing Apple ID
If you’ve never had an Apple ID, then you need to create one here.
If you have an existing Apple ID you just have to sign in and agree to Apple’s Developer Agreement to turn it into a free developer account.
Note for organisations, you will need two-factor authentication turned on.
You will also need:
* D-U-N-S Number
Your organization must have a D-U-N-S Number so that your company’s identity and legal entity status can be verified by Apple. These unique nine-digit numbers are assigned by Dun & Bradstreet and are widely used as standard business identifiers. Find out more here.
* Legal Entity Status
Apple does not enter contracts with organisations that have not been registered as a legal entity.
* Legal Binding Authority
If you have another person creating an Apple Developer account for your company, they must have the legal authority to bind your organization to legal agreements. We recommend the account creator be the company owner/founder, executive team member or senior project.
* A Website
Your company’s website must be publicly available with a domain name that matches.
Step 2: Agree to Apple’s Developer terms
On the Apple Developer Agreement page, click the first checkbox to accept the agreement and click the Submit button.
Your Apple ID now works as a free developer account.
Step 3: Confirm all information is correct and select an entity
Legally recognized Companies with a Dun and Bradstreet number can select this option. This will allow multiple user logins to be created and managed with varying permissions capabilities for each login. See here to check if your company is a legally recognized company with a DUNS number.
Step 4: Fill in details as required
Make sure all details entered are correct and verified!
Step 5: Wait
After you’ve submitted your application all you have to do is wait for the Apple Team to approve your account. This usually does not take more than two weeks.
And there you have it. Now you’re all set to start creating those iOS apps you’ve been waiting to get started on!