Hosting the APK file of your app on your website instead of the Play Store
about 3 weeks, 4 days ago
In reply to Self-hosting an app
Yes, it is feasible to host the APK file of your app on your website instead of the Google Play Store. Hosting the APK file on your website gives you more control over the distribution and availability of your app. However, there are a few considerations to keep in mind:
User Accessibility: Hosting the APK on your website means users will have to manually download and install the app on their devices. This may require them to enable installation from unknown sources, which could be a barrier for some users who are accustomed to downloading apps from app stores.
Trust and Security: When users download an app from an app store like Google Play, there is a level of trust and security associated with the platform. Hosting the APK on your website may require you to establish trust with your users and assure them that your app is safe to download and use.
Updates and Maintenance: With the app hosted on your website, you’ll need to handle updates and maintenance yourself. Unlike the Google Play Store, you won’t have the convenience of an automatic update distribution system. Users will have to manually download and install updates from your website.
Discoverability: By hosting your app on the Google Play Store, you benefit from its vast user base and discoverability features. Your app may reach a wider audience and have a higher chance of being discovered by potential users. Hosting the APK on your website may limit your app’s visibility unless you actively promote it through other channels.
Consider these factors when deciding whether to host your app on your website or rely on app stores for distribution. It’s worth noting that you can also make your app available on both platforms simultaneously, leveraging the advantages of each distribution channel.