How to Update your Mobile App

Updating your apps may sound daunting, but we're right here to help guide you through it all! 

The team is constantly working hard to create and release new features for you and your members to enjoy. Updating your apps is an easy way to excite your members and keep them engaged in the features of your app! 

This step-by-step guide will take you through the app update journey, however, if you prefer to follow a video of the process instead press play on the video below to watch a guided walkthrough Webinar we originally hosted on The Collective App

Step 1: Let's get building! 🔨

The first thing we want to do is build the latest version of our app. So with that in mind, head to the Console and select App Updates from the left hand side panel. 

You will see a prompt written in red, telling you that you have a new version of your app to build. Click build for both iOS and Android to get the process started. 

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This usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete, but don't worry, you won't have to stay glued to your screen waiting for this to finish. You'll receive an email once each new version has been built!

Step 2: It's good to have a sneak preview 👀

It's always a good idea to give your handiwork a once over before showing it off to everyone else. This is especially important if you are planning on updating your App Store screenshots. 

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Head back to the App Updates page on the Console and you will see that the build option has now been replaced with a Download one. 

Clicking this (or the link in your email) will take you to a page where you can use your camera to scan a QR code to download your latest preview build. 

If you're wondering what a preview build is and how to install it then, we've got this covered here.

💡 Don't forget to delete any previous preview builds you have on your phone first 💡

Step 3: Updating your iOS app 📱

Your first step here, is to check the 'Agreements' section of your App Store Connect developer account. Every so often, Apple will release a new set of terms for you to review before you are able to update your app.

Next let's head over to our wonderful Webinar to take a look at how to update the iOS app ⬇️.  

Step 4: Updating your Android app 📱

To begin the process of updating your Android app, you first have to download the update APK. Once again, head to the App Updates section of the Console, but this time scroll down a little further than before until you reach the 'Send to app stores' section. It's there that you'll see this waiting for you:

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You'll be uploading this downloaded APK to your Google Developer account, so once you're ready, let's re-visit our Webinar and check out how to update our Android apps ⬇️.

That's it 🎉

We're certain you have now been able to update your apps to the latest versions. But just incase you get stuck, don't forget you can reach out to your friendly neighbourhood Customer Success Manager!