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How to launch an iOS App in China

China represents a great opportunity for overseas app development companies with its 854 million internet users, making it the country with world’s highest number of internet users. With so many people using the internet, China makes for an ideal mobile market. In 2018, about 50% of the world’s app downloads were from China. 

To launch an app in China, you must first understand the basics such as the Chinese design practices, pricing your app, integrating the Chinese social media variants etc. to enter the Chinese market successfully.

Here’s a guide on how to launch an iOS app in China –

How to launch an iOS App in China

1. Penetrating the market through iOS

Unlike Google Play Store, the Apple app store is not banned within the country. Which means, the chances for your app to do better on an iOS device is higher. Although every app submitted to the app store needs to be approved by the government, it might be a good idea to enter the Chinese market through iOS first and then launch an app on Android devices. This might help you to understand the market better.

2. Complying with the Chinese laws

When you launch an app in China, it means you’re doing business in the country. There are options such as ‘Wholly-owned foreign enterprise’, ‘Contractual or Cooperative Joint Venture’ etc. concerning the operating structure. You need to consider a cost-effective location and stick to the Chinese labour laws. You must also be aware of protecting your Intellectual Property (IP) rights. You also need to declare the nature of your business and submit other details as per Chinese law requirements.

3. The Content should be in Chinese

When launching an iOS app in China, you must know that the in-app content needs to be in Chinese and not English as the latter is not the first language in the country. Many languages are spoken in China, but there is a common language understood in Mainland China which is known as the Standard Chinese or Standard Mandarin.

4. Provide payment options such as Alipay

Due to Chinese internet censorship, payment options such as Google Pay are not valid. When launching an app in China, consider providing payment options such as Alipay or WeChat Pay that are used widely across the country.

5. Check for alternatives for other services

For maps and location, you’re most likely to use the Google Maps or the Apple maps. However, it is suggested to use Chinese alternatives such as Baidu Maps or OsmAnd Maps as they’re popular for maps and location. (Also, Google Maps are banned within the country.)

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