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Distribute Android apps to testers using the Firebase console

You can manage your team's testers and distribute builds to them using the Firebase console.

Before you begin

If you haven't already, add Firebase to your Android project.

If you aren't using any other Firebase products, you only have to create a project and register your app. However, if you decide to use additional products in the future, be sure to complete all of the steps on the page linked above.

1. Build your app

When you're ready to distribute a pre-release version of your app to testers, build an APK using your normal process. You must sign the APK with your debug key or app signing key.

2. Distribute your app to testers

To distribute your app to testers, upload the APK file using the Firebase console:

  1. Open the App Distribution page of the Firebase console. Select your Firebase project when prompted.

  2. On the Distributions page, select the app you want to distribute from the drop-down menu.

  3. Drag your app's APK file to the console to upload it.

  4. When the upload completes, specify the tester groups and individual testers you want to receive the build. Then, add release notes for the build.

    See Manage testers for more on creating tester groups.

  5. Click Distribute to make the build available to testers.

    Testers who haven't been invited to test the app will receive email invitations to get started.

    Existing testers will receive email notifications that a new build is ready to test.

After you distribute a new build, you can monitor the status of each tester—whether they accepted the invitation and whether they downloaded the app—in the Firebase console.