Automatic Code Signing for Secured Android Apps on Appdome
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 explains how to sign secured Android Apps without Android Studio.
We hope you find it useful and enjoy using Appdome!
Why Sign Secured Android Apps Without Android Studio 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.
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 Maui, 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.
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.
Easy Steps to Sign Secured Android Apps Without Android Studio
Please follow these step-by-step instructions on how to sign Android apps without Android Studio.
Navigate to the Sign tab of the Appdome workflow and follow these steps:
- Select “On Appdome” as the signing method.
- Enable “Use Google Play App signing” 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.
- Upload the Keystore File
- Enter the Keystore Password
- Name the Key Alias
- Enter the Key Password
- Wait for Appdome to verify the signing parameters.
- Click Sign My App.
Optional: You can also choose to save your signing credentials to make signing even easier the next time.
When you click Sign My App, Appdome will analyze the fused app’s components and calculate a checksum that represents the 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 about 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.
You’ve now signed your Appdome Fused app and it’s ready to deploy.
After Securing 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 it 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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