An Apple Developer Account is required by Apple in order to create, publish, and maintain a Branded Event App for your organization's events. An overview of the process, with links to detailed articles with further instructions, is below!

⭐️ If you are absolutely sure that you already have an Apple Developer account, skip to step 3.

⚠️ If you are using the Socio Event App (our non-branded container app), you do NOT need to enroll in the Apple Developer Program. You can skip this article. 😉

1) D-U-N-S Number (Full Article)

Apple requires that your company be a legal entity in order to enroll in the Apple Developer Program as an organization. The D-U-N-S number from Dun & Bradstreet is used as a third-party verification source to assure that your company is a legal entity. A D-U-N-S number is simply a unique identifier for your business within the global Duns & Bradstreet network. 

Your company may already have a D-U-N-S Number. The best way to find out is to reach out to D&B, or to use their lookup tools.  If your company is based in the United States, use the D-U-N-S Number Lookup to find out whether or not your company has an existing D-U-N-S Number. 

If your company is outside of the United States, visit the D-U-N-S International website to choose your country or region and search for your company from the D&B website for your specific region or country.

If you have searched and determined that your company does not have a D-U-N-S number, you can register for one here.

2) Apple Developer Program (Full Article)

Apple requires that the Developer Account is set up by the organization who is the owner or provider of the content within the app. For third-party event planners, this means that the client will need to set up the Developer Account in their organization's name. 

To enroll in the Apple Developer Program, you will need to do the following:

  1. Create or use an existing Apple ID.

  2. Enable two-factor authentication.

  3. Enroll as an organization here.

Once your enrollment is submitted, it generally takes 3-5 business days to process.

3) Grant Socio Access (Full Article)

Once your enrollment in the Apple Developer Program is approved, you're ready to grant Socio access to your Apple Developer Account so our app engineers can begin building your Branded Event App!

4) Submit Your App (Full Article)

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! 🤩 Part of this process is filling in your Apple Dev account information. At the end, you'll click Submit, and the app will go to our engineers for approval and submission to the App Store!

⭐️ Keep in mind, we recommend submitting your app for publishing six weeks before your event, so we can have your app ready one month before the event starts. 

⚠️ Caution, if you don’t submit your app info using the Socio Platform, our app engineers will not begin preparing it for Apple. Click the Event App drop-down and select the My Apps workspace to get started.


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