Helping Kids with Coding: Distributing Mobile Apps

By Camille McCue, Sarah Guthals

After you and your young coder finish making your app, you can share it with anyone who has an Android device. Just go to your list of Projects (Projects  →   My Projects), check the box next to the app you want to publish, and click Publish to Gallery.

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The view from the Projects list to publish your app to the Gallery.

Fill out the form by uploading an image and providing a description. This is where you can put any attributions of media that you might have used in your app. Click the Publish button when you’re ready.

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The form to fill out when you want to publish your app.

The screen you’re taken to, after you publish your app, has a share link, which you can share with your friends who might want to check out your code. They can then click Open The App and remix it to try it on their own!

To share your app with friends who just want to play your game, you have two options.

  • Generate a temp QR code. This code allows your friends to download your app. Open your app and choose Build →   App (provide QR code for .apk). In the pop-up window is the QR code, which you can share with your friends. Using any QR code scanner, they can scan the QR code, open the link that is associated with the QR code, and a download starts. After the download is complete, they can open the app and play your game! The game is available until they delete it, even though the QR code expires in two hours.
  • Download your app files and distribute them to your friends. You can do this by choosing Build →   App (save .apk to my computer). Then you can upload the file to Google Drive (or any other accessible server), make sure it’s accessible for anyone to view the file, and then distribute the link to the file. When your friends open the link on their Android device, the app starts downloading.