Create an Apple Developer Account
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Steps to Set up an Apple Developer Account:

You will need:

-Apple ID Account with Two-factor Authentication

-Apple Device: iPhone/iPad/Mac (borrow one or buy a refurbished device)

Account Types: Individual & Organization

  • Apple requires you to enroll based on the type of business you own.

  • Use your Business Registration to help determine how to enroll.

  • Enrolling in the wrong Account Type will delay your apps.

    • If needed, you can convert from an Individual developer account to an Organization by contacting Apple with your business and tax information (more information found here)

>Sole Proprietorship, Single-Person Company: Enroll as INDIVIDUAL

>Corporation; Partnership; Limited Liability Company: Enroll as ORGANIZATION

1: Individual: One Person/One User

  • Your name will appear below the app name in the App Store.

  • You cannot share Developer Resources with other users.

  • You cannot add Members/Users. It's like sharing access to a personal account.

  • You'll share your Apple ID Account Login Credentials with Uscreen. For this reason, we highly recommend you create a new Apple ID for this purpose and do not create an account using your personal, primary Apple ID.

  • You cannot use an individual account if your app's content is about finances, healthcare, or other highly regulated fields, per Apple guidelines unless the content could be categorized as largely educational. So plan to set up an organizational account for apps with this type of content.

2: Organization: Multiple Users/Team Members

  • Your company/brand will appear below the app name in the App Store.

  • You can share Developer Resources (allows us to create, upload, and publish apps)

  • You can add Team Members (ex. Uscreen) by inviting users to join the account.

  • Each member uses their login and limited access to your information.

  • An organization account is required for apps with content about finances, healthcare, or other highly regulated fields, per Apple guidelines.

To enroll as an Organization you need:
-Website: Publicly available; domain name must be related to your company
-Legal Entity Status: To enter into contracts, the company must be a legal entity
-Legal Entity Name: Company name must correspond with the Tax ID
-Legal Binding Authority: The person enrolling must have the authority to sign agreements
-DUNS Number: Used to check legal entity status; it's easy to apply; details here

Section 1: Enroll in Apple Developer Program

1: Create Account (free): Apple Developer >click Account >Sign-In using Apple ID.

2: Enroll ($99/yr): Click Join Apple Developer Program >Enroll >Start Enrollment.

3: Select Entity Type:

-Individual: Accept the Agreement, then Purchase Membership. Enrollment complete.

-Organization: Enter Company Information, then Submit application.

(May be prompted to sign the agreement/purchase membership now or after approval.)

4: Wait for Approval: Apple verifies, then sends an email letting you know:

Enrollment is Approved; Additional Information is Needed; Issues Identified.

5: After Approved: Login to Apple Developer, then go to App Store Connect.


Section 2: Give Uscreen Access- Add New User

-App Store Connect >Users & Access >Add (+) >Enter Information >Invite.

Name: Uscreen Apps

Role: Admin (enables access to Resources)

Section 3: Set-Up Payment

***Required if offering an In-App Subscription***

1: Sign Paid Apps Agreement: Agreements, Tax & Banking

  • Below Action, click View Terms, then Add.

  • Check to accept, then Submit. Status changes to Pending User Information.

  • Complete the Action indicated:


2: Add Information: Click Set up Tax, Banking, & Contacts

Add Banking:

-Under Accounts, click Add Bank Account.

-Enter bank and account information, then click Add.

Add Tax:

Everyone is required to complete the US Tax Forms section. This is where you indicate if you are a U.S. Resident/Company or not.

-Under Tax Forms, click Complete US Tax Forms.

-Check YES (located in the U.S.) or NO (located outside the U.S.).

-Additional questions and forms needed are based on your response.

Add Contacts:

You'll add a user for each Role (Management, Financial, Legal, Technical, Marketing). You can add one contact (and use for all roles) or multiple contacts.

-Add New Contact: Click Role, enter name, title, email, phone, then Add.

-Choose Existing Contact: Click Role, select user, then Add.


3: When complete, Paid Apps will change to Active.

To proceed with app development, Free & Paid Apps must be green.


Additional Notes:
-Once the Paid Apps Agreement is requested, you must complete the process.
-Tax Forms must be complete for Banking Information to be processed.
-For more information: App Store Connect Help

Making Sure Your Account Is Always In Compliance

Developer Membership

Unlike the other platforms, Apple requires an annual fee to maintain your developer account and keep your apps live in the store; if the account is not renewed, your apps are removed from the store and it may impact your existing subscribers over time.

We encourage you to enroll in auto-renewal or set a calendar reminder to keep the account in good standing.

Agreements and New Compliance Notices

Throughout the year, Apple adds new terms to their agreements and they will need to be regularly checked and renewed. Before you submit your new app request form or request an update, we encourage you to review your agreements as described in this guide.

Additionally, Apple will occasionally release new terms and compliance measures not listed in this guide based on changes in local regulations. When you visit your Business page in the developer account, make sure there are no outstanding action items for you (often found in a yellow box with a ⚠️ icon)

Video Walkthrough of Setting up an Apple Developer Account

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