How To Sign Secured Android Apps Without Android Studio

Google requires Android Mobile apps to be signed before they can be installed on a mobile device. A valid signature ensures the integrity of an app and stands as proof that the app has not been tampered with. This Knowledge Base article list 3 Easy Steps to Sign Secured Android Apps Without Android Studio. Appdome Best Practices for signing mobile apps.

We hope you find it useful and enjoy using Appdome!

Why Sign Secured Android Apps Without Android Studio on Appdome

As an Appdome user, you can sign any built app either by using Appdome’s built-in signing capabilities or using your own mechanism outside of Appdome. It’s your choice. If you wish to Deploy apps from Appdome, the process is quick and easy for any Android app, including Native Android, hybrid apps and non-native apps built in Xamarin, Cordova, React Native, Ionic and more. Deploying apps from Appdome will leverage unique capabilities such as Automatic deployment of built apps into the Google Play Store and Leading EMM Stores.

3 Easy Steps to Sign Secured Android Apps Without Android Studio

Please follow these step-by-step instructions to sign sign android apps without android studio

Within the Sign step of the Appdome workflow, follow these steps:

  1. Select “On Appdome” as the signing method. Enable “Use Google Play App signing” (2) if your app uses “App signing by Google Play”. For more information on how to sign or privately sign an app for Google Play App Signing, please read this knowledge base article.
  2. Upload the Keystore File (3), the Keystore Password (4), the Key Alias (5) and the Key Password (6).
  3. Wait for Appdome to verify the signing parameters, then click Sign My App (7).

Optionally you can also choose to save your signing credentials. That will make signing the next time even easier.

Signing Android Apps on Appdome

Appdome’s no-code mobile app security platform offers mobile developers, DevSec and security professionals a convenient and reliable way to protect Android and iOS apps. When a user clicks “Build My App,” Appdome leverages a microservice architecture filled with 1000s of security plugins, and an adaptive code generation engine that matches the correct required plugins to the development environment, frameworks, and methods in each app.

Prerequisites for Signing Secured Android Apps Without Android Studio

In order to sign your Android app, you’ll need a valid signing certificate stored in the Android development environment.  To use your certificate, you’ll need access to the following.

  • Appdome account
  • Appdome built mobile app
  • Keystore – This should be the same keystore file used to sign your Android app when distributing it via Google Play.
  • Keystore Password – The password used to unlock your keystore.
  • Key Alias – The name you assigned to your keystore.
  • Key Password – This is the specific password defined for your signing key.

For more information and a detailed manual on how to create Signing Credentials, please read this knowledge base article.

Optionally you can also choose to save your signing credentials. That will make signing the next time even easier.

saving signing credentials on Appdome - Signing Android Apps

When you click Sign My App, Appdome will analyze the fused app’s components and calculate a checksum that represents an exact state of each component within the app. Embedding the checksum combined with your signing credentials into the app’s components will ensure that the app can’t be modified or tampered with once the signing is complete.

To learn more on Appdome’s Checksum Validation, please read this knowledge base article. For more information on additional Anti-Tampering features provided by Appdome, please read this knowledge base article.

Congratulations! You’ve now signed your Appdome Fused app and it’s ready to deploy.

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After Secured Android Apps Without Android Studio on Appdome

Deploy the Appdome Built App to a Mobile Device

Once you have signed your Appdome Built app, you can download to deploy it using your distribution method of choice. For more information on deploying your Appdome-Fused apps, please read this knowledge base.

That is it – Enjoy your Built app!

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