Apple requires an Apple Developer account to create, publish, and maintain a Branded Event App for your organization. To do that, Apple requires your organization to obtain a D-U-N-S number from Dun & Bradstreet. Once you have these, you must invite Socio to your Apple Developer account, and then build and submit your app.

Because the steps involving the Apple Developer account are crucial to your Branded App, you should start working on these right away! Use the buttons in each step below to see complete instructions for these processes.

⭐️ Keep in mind, if you're absolutely sure that you already have a D-U-N-S number and an Apple Developer account, skip to Step 3.

If you're using the Socio Event App (not the added cost Branded Mobile App), you do NOT need to enroll in the Apple Developer Program. Bye! 👋

Step 1: Get or Locate Your D-U-N-S Number

Apple requires that your company be a legal entity to enroll in the Apple Developer Program as an organization. A D-U-N-S number is simply a unique identifier for your business within the global Duns & Bradstreet network. The number acts as a certificate that your organization is a legal entity.

Whether you need to obtain a new D-U-N-S number or look up your existing number, this is the first thing you should do when starting on your Branded App.

⭐ Keep in mind, you can go ahead and start building your Branded App while you're waiting for your D-U-N-S number and Apple Developer program approval! You simply won't be able to publish the app until you're enrolled.

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Step 2: Prepare Your Apple Developer Account

Apple requires that the organization that owns the content within the Branded App maintain a Developer Account. For third-party event planners, this means that your client will need to set up the Developer Account in their organization's name.

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Step 3: Invite Socio

Once your enrollment in the Apple Developer Program is approved, you're ready to grant Socio access to your Apple Developer Account. This is necessary so the Socio Branded Apps team can finalize your app and send it to Apple for approval after you submit it.

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(Optional): Grant Socio Access to your Google Developer Account

We normally take care of publishing your Branded Event App to the Google Play Store using Socio's Google Developer Account. While Apple requires that your company publish your app using your own developer account, the Google Play Store does not.

If you'd like your company's name listed as the provider in the Google Play Store, you'll need to authorize Socio to publish your app to your registered Google Developer Account.

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Step 4: Build and Publish Your Branded Mobile App

Unless you're implementing SSO, this is the final step! In the Socio Platform, you'll build out the basics of your App with things like theme color and splash screens. This is where your branding shines! 🤩 The best part? You can get started on this step while you're working on your Apple Developer Account. As you build your app, be sure to follow our guidelines for making a hassle-free app submission!

At the end, you'll fill in your Apple Dev account information, review the app, and click Submit. The app will go to our app engineers for approval and final submission to the App Store!

⭐️ Keep in mind, we recommend submitting your app for publishing at least 14 days before your first event, so we can have your app ready in time. If you're using SSO, please submit the app at least 28 days before your event.

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