Creating an iOS Developer Account:
Step by Step Guide
Please note that with Apple’s recent change to its App Review Guidelines, it is key that apps are submitted directly by the provider of the app’s content using their own Apple Developer Account. If the app and the developer account do not match, Apple will reject the app.
Prior to setting up your Apple Developer Account, HealthBenefitApp highly recommends creating a dedicated email address for your Apple Developer Account. Once that account is created, that email cannot be changed. For that reason, it’s best not to tie the account to a specific person.
We recommend you ask your IT Department to create an email, an email alias or an email “distribution list” that includes team members who should have access to the Apple Developer Account. An example might be “firstname.lastname@example.org” like email@example.com. Use that email to include members of the team now, or in the future as roles change.
Once you have that email ready, according to Apple, what you need before you enroll is:
- Enrolling as an Individual (this is not typical for a HealthBenefitApp client.)
If you are an individual or sole proprietor/single person business, sign in with your Apple ID to get started. You’ll need to provide basic personal information, including your legal name and address.
- Enrolling as an Organization (Recommended for HealthBenefitApp clients.)
If you’re enrolling your organization, you’ll need an Apple ID as well as the following to get started:
- A D-U-N-S® Number: Your organization must have a D-U-N-S Number so that we can verify your organization’s identity and legal entity status. These unique nine-digit numbers are assigned by Dun & Bradstreet and are widely used as standard business identifiers. You can check to see if your organization already has a D-U-N-S Number and request one if necessary. They are free in most jurisdictions.
- Legal Entity Status: Your organization must be a legal entity so that it can enter into contracts with Apple. We do not accept DBAs, fictitious businesses, trade names, or branches
- Legal Binding Authority: As the person enrolling your organization in the Apple Developer Program, you must have the legal authority to bind your organization to legal agreements. You must be the organization’s owner/founder, executive team member, senior project lead, or have legal authority granted to you by a senior employee. Typically the HealthBenefitApp client that is a Human Resource Officer, or Director of IT will have the authority to enroll in the Apple Developer Program.
Creating an iOS Developer account
1. First go to: https://developer.apple.com/enroll and click “Start your Enrollment’. Your company may have an Apple Developer Account. If so, please let us know. If you don’t then you have the option to create an Apple ID.
We highly recommend using the dedicated email address referenced above for this purpose. We are happy to help with this process.
2. Review the Apple Developer Agreement, check the box confirming that you have read it and click on ‘Submit’.
3. Confirm that all your information is correct (email, name, location), then choose an entity. Please read Apple’s explanation of entities below before you make a choice.
Explanation from Apple:
The Developer name listed on the App Store is based on the type of account selected from the options below. Apps published to Individual Developer Accounts will display the name listed on the iOS Developer Account. Apps published
to Company/Organization Developer Accounts will display the Company Name entered within the iOS Developer Account.
- Not typical for HealthBenefitApp client: Individual/Sole Proprietor/Single Person Business: Individuals or companies without an officially recognized business (company without a Dun and Bradstreet number). This account only allows for a single primary login to be created to the iOS Developer Account.
- Typical for HealthBenefitApp client: Company/Organization: Legally recognized Companies with a Dun and Bradstreet number can select this option. This will allow multiple user logins to be created and managed with varying permissions capabilities for each login. See here to check if your company is a legal recognized company with a Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) number.
4. Fill in all the contact details for your Developer Account.
5. Read the Apple Developer Program License Agreement, check the box confirming you have read the agreement and click ‘Continue’.
6. Confirm that all the previously entered information is correct and click continue.
7. Click ‘Purchase’ to enroll and pay $100 for your yearly iOS Developer Account. Don’t forget to check the Automatic Renewal box if you want your membership to be automatically renewed.
8. Sign in with your Apple ID and fill in your billing information. Then click continue to complete the setup of your iOS Developer Account.
9. Fill in any remaining information on the following pages. Within 24 hours you will receive a confirmation email from Apple letting you know the setup of your iOS Developer Account was successful.
10. Once your iOS Developer Account is fully setup, please add HealthBenefitApp as an Administrator on your account. Under Users and Access, use the (+) button to add HealthBeneftApp Production:
Under the detail, please use HealthBenefitApp and firstname.lastname@example.org with “Admin” or “App Manager” role selected with access to. Once done, HealthBenefitApp will receive notification via email and we will confirm our role as your Admin.
11.) From the homepage, click Agreements, Tax, and Banking. In the Agreements section, find the Free & Paid Applications agreement, then click View and Agree to Terms.