Apple brings good news for developers and product users. For developers, they can now make apps available for pre-order on App Store, and users can pre-order those apps and Games. Apple’s official announcement says that developers can make their apps available for pre-orders on all Apple’s app stores before 90 days of official release of app. If you are a developer and developing apps for iOS, macOS or tvOS, you can now put apps for pre-order on App Store.

For app and Games users, they can view developer’s product page and pre-order apps and Games of their choice before the release of apps. When the app is released, Apple will notify the users and the pre-ordered apps will be downloaded automatically on customers’ devices. Users should take a note that they will be charged before download of paid apps.

If you are a developer, you can follow this method to put your app for pre-order on Apple App Store.

How to Put Apps Available for Pre-Order on App Store

How to Make Apps Available for Pre-order on App Store

Step #1: Open iTunes Connect page on your web browser and sign in with your developer ID and password.

Step #2: Now click on My Apps.

Step #3: Next, choose the app you want to make available for pre-order.

Step #4: Then you need to select the ‘Pricing and Availability’ from the left column.

Step #5: If you have never published your app on the Apple App Store, you can see a ‘Pre-Orders’ section.

Step #6: Choose ‘Make available for pre-order’ and then select the date to release your app.

Step #7: Here, you are required to click on ‘Save’ from the top right corner.

You can read a text from Apple that says that release date “must be at least two days in the future, but no more than 90 days in the future”.

In the last, submit your app for review by clicking this link.

When Apple approves you app, you can go back to the ‘Pricing and Availability’ section and click on ‘Release as Pre-Order’ from the top right corner of the web page after confirming the release date of app.

Apple allows developers to change the pricing and availability of apps during the pre-order period; however, users will be charged the lower price in this situation – whether it is the price they had accepted at the time of pre-ordering the apps or the price seen on the day of app release. If you have adopted freemium model and your app has in-app purchases, you (developer) can set in-app purchases in iTunes Connect before and during the pre-order period.

That’ it!

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