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Working with subscriptions for iOS & Android

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    1. Standard or all access subscriptions

    Standard subscriptions or all access subscriptions in article-based apps

    If you want to offer a subscription in your app, there are two options:

    • Standard Subscription: this is the traditional type of subscription where you get access to new collections (i.e. issues) that are added during the period of your subscription.
    • All Access Subscription: this can be compared to e.g. Spotify or Apple Music type of subscriptions: you get access to all content in the app, as long as your subscription remains valid.

    1.1. App-Specific Shared Secret

    Go to https://appstoreconnect.apple.com -> Manage your Application -> Select your app -> Manage In App Purchases -> Select 'App-Specific Shared Secret', then copy and paste it into the Shared Secret field of the Settings.

    1.2. Latest content

    New subscribers will automatically receive the latest collection added to your app (relevant for standard subscriptions only).

    2. Adding a duration

    To create a duration for an auto-renewable subscription, you need to specify the following details:

    • Duration: The interval of the subscription. On iOS, it is either 1 week, 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months or one year.
    • Product identifier: A unique reverse-DNS for this duration. This product identifier has to be the same as the one entered in AppStore Connect / Google Play Developer Console,  for example com.mycompany.mymagazine.subscription.1month
    • Title (iOS & Android): The name a reader will see in the list of subscriptions on the device.
    • Description (iOS & Android): The description a reader will see in the list of subscriptions of the device.

    3. Adding a subscription

    3.1. In App Store Connect

    1. Go to https://appstoreconnect.apple.com -> Manage Your Application -> Select your application -> Manage In-App Purchases -> Create New
    2. Choose the correct type of subscription (usually Auto-Renewable) and create a new subscription family or select an existing subscription family.
    3. Just like on the Twixl platform, you have to add a duration for the subscription. You need to use the same product identifier & matching duration as on the Twixl platform, for example com.mycompany.mymagazine.subscription.1month

    3.2. In the Google Play Developer Console

    1. Go to https://play.google.com -> navigate to the In-App Products for your app.
    2. Create the same subscription with the same product identifier & matching duration as on the Twixl platform, for example com.mycompany.mymagazine.subscription.1month

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