Publishing Daydream Apps

Interested in publishing a Daydream application on the Google Play store? Here's what you need to know to get started.

Daydream app quality

Be sure to read Daydream App Quality for information on the usability and quality standards that your Daydream apps should meet, to ensure a great user experience. Only apps that meet the quality criteria will qualify as a Daydream app on Google Play. Qualifying as a Daydream app will make it easier for Daydream users to discover your app on Google Play and allows your app to appear in Play Store VR.

When your app is ready, you can opt-in for designation as a Daydream app from the Developer Console.

Opt-in to Daydream distribution on Google Play

When you've built your release-ready APK and tested to ensure that it meets all of the Daydream App Quality criteria, upload it to the Developer Console. Update your store listing with Daydream assets and set distribution options as needed. If you aren't familiar with how to prepare for launch on Google Play, see the Launch Checklist.

Before you publish to users, you must opt-in to Daydream from the Pricing and Distribution section of the Developer Console.

What is the Daydream opt-in program?

Opting-in to Daydream distribution means that you want your app to be made discoverable to Daydream users through Google Play VR and the Daydream app.

Upon publication, Google Play submits apps that are opted-in to Daydream for review against the Daydream App Quality criteria and notifies you of the result. If your app meets all criteria, Google Play makes it discoverable to Daydream users in VR.

How to opt-in to Daydream on the Developer Console

  1. Make sure your app meets all Daydream App Quality criteria. In order for the Developer Console to recognize your app as eligible for Daydream opt-in, your app must:
    1. Declare the required Daydream launcher intent and feature manifest entries
    2. Include a properly formatted VR icon and reference the assets in the app manifest
    3. Prepare a stereoscopic 360° photosphere as your app's environment in Play VR
  2. In the All Applications page on the Developer Console, click the app you want to opt-in.
  3. Add Daydream screenshots to the app's "Store Listing", including the stereoscopic 360° photosphere.
  4. Under Pricing and Distribution, click on Daydream to find the opt-in checkbox.

  5. Click the checkbox next to Distribute your app on Daydream

  6. Select the appropriate Motion Intensity Rating for your app

  7. Click Save at the top of the page to save your Pricing and Distribution changes.